Halloween Fun in 2020

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Through 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30

Build your best Jack-O-Lantern and send photos of best creepy creations to [email protected]. Pictures will be displayed at the North Liberty Community Center and online. Staff will pick their favorites, with winners receiving gift certificates for Scheels and the North Liberty Recreation Department.

Halloween Photo Fun

Through 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21

We still want to see all of your amazing costumes, even if it’s not at the library’s annual Trunk or Treat. Share a photo of your pet, the kids, yourself or the whole family in costume with the library for a chance to win. Share a photo with us and be included in a prize drawing for a free mini photo session generously donated by Paige Prior Photography, family pumpkin carving kit with six pumpkins provided by Colony Pumpkin Patch, or a special treat for your furry friend from Leash on Life. Send photos by email to [email protected]. Photo submissions need to be received by noon on Wednesday, October 21 to be included in the drawing. Then we will share the photos on the library Facebook page the morning of October 30.

Visiting the Beyond

Tuesday, Oct. 6; 6:30 p.m.

Join Curt Strutz and the North Liberty Library for a presentation full of history, storytelling and humor. This virtual tour of some of the nation’s most haunted locations — abandoned hospitals, schools, asylums, homes and more! —  features original photography and haunted experiences. Register to join this haunted adventure.

Halloween Moonlight Walk

Friday, Oct. 9, 5 to 8:30
Liberty Centre Pond

Park at the Community Center and walk through the Ranshaw Way (Highway 965) underpass to Liberty Centre Pond. The pathway will be lit by all kinds of friendly ghosts to help you along the way. Grab a scavenger hunt sheet for a chance to win special prizes from Friends of the North Liberty Library. Costumes are welcome, but not required. Feel free to snap photos to share on social media. All ages, family event but children must be supervised by an adult. All participants should register (free) for specific time block as part of our COVID-19 protocols.

Fright Club StoryWalk

Friday, Oct. 9, through Saturday, Oct. 31
Liberty Centre Pond

Enjoy a spooktacular story and a stroll around Liberty Centre Pond. The library’s first StoryWalk features Fright Club by Ethan Long. Be sure to strike a pose with Vladimir the Vampire and share it with the library using #nlibertylibrary. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Drive-in Movies

Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.
Colony Pumpkin Patch

Thanks to GEICO Careers, enjoy a Halloween-themed movie from your car at the Colony Pumpkin Patch–for free!

Monsters, Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 28
Hocus Pocus on Thursday, Oct. 29

Registration is free, but limited. Learn more and reserve a spot for your vehicle.

Ghost Hunt

Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m.

Staff at the North Liberty Community Center have reported paranormal activity over the years, and the Iowa City Ghost Hunters are going to investigate. Join them for a live ghost hunt from the comfort (and safety?) of your own home.

Community Pumpkin Display

Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31
Ranshaw House front lawn

Contribute a carved pumpkin to North Liberty’s community pumpkin display. Place your pumpkin on one of the display risers beginning Oct. 28 through noon on Oct. 30. Please do not include a candle or light; city staff will add a tee light to each pumpkin. Pumpkins will be lit at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31 and you’re invited stop by to admire the designs. Pumpkins will be composted after Halloween. Learn more.


Saturday, Oct. 31

Trick-or-treating will look different this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Public health experts caution that traditional trick-or-treating is riskier than alternatives, and the city is encouraging trick-or-treaters and those handing out candy to take precautions and consider alternatives.

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