This post uses copy that was sourced directly from a press release.
This October, Orange County Library System invites everyone to keep it creepy with Halloween themed events for the whole family, from spooky DIY crafts and treats to horror movie marathons. Dress up and trick or treat at Orlando Public Library and Orange County Regional History Center at Trick or Treat Safe Zone on Saturday, October 29. Starting on Thursday, October 27–Monday, October 31, while supplies last, library branches will also distribute take-home crafts – and candy, of course. Check out ocls.info/halloween for more details.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations at the library also continue into October. OCLS recognizes the histories, cultures and contributions of people of Hispanic descent with events that explore everything from food and folklore to music and dance. Visit ocls.info/hispanic-heritage-month for a full calendar of activities.
The Local Author Festival kicks off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Orlando Public Library. Get to know local authors representing a variety of genres and pick up a signed copy of your new favorite book. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/6648528.
Registration is strongly recommended for all in-person events due to limited capacity. If you have any questions about the information shared below, call 407-835-7323. Visit us online at ocls.info to register, or to view a complete listing of both virtual and in-person library events.
Legend of El Coquí
Windermere Branch – Monday, October 3, 4 p.m.
South Creek Branch – Thursday, October 6, 4 p.m.
South Trail Branch – Wednesday, October 12, 3 p.m.
Washington Park Branch – Wednesday, October 12, 4 p.m.
Discover the Taíno legend of the coquí and explore the indigenous art and culture of Borinquen, the island of Puerto Rico. Recommended for ages 6–8.
Little Chef: Pumpkin Patch
West Oaks Branch – Tuesday, October 4, 11 a.m.
Create your own pumpkin patch from pudding, cookies and more sweet treats! Adult participation is required. Registration required.
Teen Art Adventure: Pattern Tape Wall Art
Fairview Shores Branch – Wednesday, October 5, 4:30 p.m.
Brighten your walls with a stunning piece of art made with your very own creativity.
Family Art Adventures: Spooky Creations
South Creek Branch – Saturday, October 8, 2:30 p.m.
Show your love for Halloween with themed decorations made by you! Recommended for families with children 9 and up.
DIY Art: Creatures of the Night
North Orange Branch – Saturday, October 8, 3 p.m.
Eatonville Branch – Tuesday, October 11, 3 p.m.
Dream big like Pedro Linares and let your imagination tell a story. Create fantastical Mexican Folk art creatures called alebrijes and see them come to life on paper! Recommended for families.
Virtual – Little Chef: Apple Cider Muffins
Thursday, October 13, 11 a.m.
Turn your favorite seasonal beverage into a delicious muffin! In this program your child will explore kitchen safety and basic cooking principles. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/7048974.
Mayor Buddy’s Book Club End of Book Party
Orlando Public Library, Library Central – Wednesday, October 19, 4 p.m.
Orlando Mayor Buddy’s Book Club is celebrating the completion of their latest book Quintessence by Jess Redman! There will be a Q&A with the author. Recommended for ages 8–12.
Trick or Treat Safe Zone
Thursday, October 27–Monday, October 31
Dress up and trick or treat at Orlando Public Library and Orange County Regional History Center on Saturday, October 29. Create creepy crafts and complete a scavenger hunt! Visit your local branch for take-home crafts and candy from Thursday, October 27–Monday, October 31, while supplies last. Visit the Orange County Regional History Center’s Events page for more Halloween fun. Recommended for families with children 0–12.
Tourist City Ghostbusters Meet and Greet
Orlando Public Library – Saturday, October 29, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Ghosts, goblins, monsters and minions go bump in the night. Learn about ghost-busting equipment and inspect various haunted artifacts inside cases. Recommended for families and children ages 3–12.
Music in the Library: El Mariachi Show
Orlando Public Library, Library Central – Saturday, October 1, 1 p.m.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the unique sounds of El Mariachi Show. Listen as they take you on a musical journey to some of the Latin countries.
Orlando Public Library, Library Central – Sunday, October 2, 4 p.m.
Join members of Victorian Horror Troupe Phantasmagoria, for a unique telling of haunted stories!
Horror Movie Matinee
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room – Mondays, October 3–31, 2–4:30 p.m.
Watch some of the scariest movies ever at one of the least scary times of the day. Walk out from the nightmare into the daytime with our Horror Matinee series. Ages 18 and up.
Virtual – Breast Cancer Awareness
Wednesday, October 5, 11 a.m.
Learn about the importance of preventative care for breast cancer. Explore topics such as self-exams, early detection, mammograms, sonograms and breast biopsy. Registration required. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/6915192.
Celebrate with Dance
Southeast Branch – Saturday, October 8, 11 a.m.
Enjoy a lively performance of flamenco dances from Spain by Alboreá Dances in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Cuisine Corner: Haitian Griyo
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room – Friday, October 14, Noon
Join Ingrid Alliance, chef and owner of Pinch of My Cuisine, to make griyo, fried pork that is marinated in epis and braised. Registration Required.
Virtual – Pathway to Homeownership
Wednesday, October 19, 11 a.m.
Explore each step a home buyer will walk through from beginning to end. Discover where you currently are in the process of home buying to help you plan for a successful journey to homeownership. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/6937006.
Spooky UV Resin Keychain
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room – Saturday, October 22, 11 a.m.
South Trail Branch – Saturday, October 22, 4 p.m.
Create a one-of-a-kind spooky UV resin keychain to take home with you. Ages 18 and up.
Local Author Festival
Orlando Public Library, Library Central – Sunday, October 23, 2–4 p.m.
Meet and greet local authors at our Local Authors Festival. Authors from a variety of genres will share their experiences and books. Each author will have books available for purchase and signing.
Virtual – Cuisine Corner: Pumpkin Cheesecake
Monday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Join culinary expert Dianne Morin as she demonstrates how to make a delicious pumpkin cheesecake. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/6915821.