MARICOPA — What began as a festival to ward off ghosts has evolved into not only a night of costumes, parties, and trick-or-treating, but a celebration that can often stretch for a whole month.
Maricopa parents can start younger children off early in the day on Halloween with Wendy the Witch, dressed in full costume for a live storytime at 10 a.m. inside Maricopa Public Library. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and a costume parade will follow Wendy’s storytime.
Adults can get a head start decorating for Halloween on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Crafty Creations class. The group will make a Jack O’ Lantern candle holder. All supplies are given compliments of the library.
Also on Thursday, Mad Art Lab at the library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by commemorating Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, a three-day period Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 which is meant to celebrate, honor and remember deceased loved ones. A Day of the Dead mask will be made. All supplies are given compliments of the library.
For children 5 and up, Kathy Fullerton will offer her usual Story Station followed by Halloween crafting during the later afternoon on Halloween at 4 p.m. at the library.
As October isn’t all about Halloween, the Maricopa Community Youth Choir, who meet and rehearse from July 15 through Oct. 28 will culminate their season on Oct. 30 by offering a public performance of Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” at the library at 6 pm.
The Youth Choir is newly founded by Director Andrea Jenkins for students graduating 4th grade. The youth choir will go on to serve through high school graduation by providing the city music for summer local events. Students will benefit both from music experience and community service experience.
There is no initial cost to join and the next audition will be held in December over Winter Break for restarting in February. Rehearsals are twice per month during fall and spring semesters and then stepped up to daily rehearsals during summer break.
With all of the active groups, classes, and meetings held at the Maricopa Library, the building of the new City of Maricopa library expected to begin in late January or early February, said library employee Melissa Turner, “will be a welcome addition.”
It will hold more meeting rooms and study rooms, according to Turner, who said, “we only have one study room now and it’s always booked in advance.”