FFL to hold first annual Carniffall

Got li'l ghosts and goblins at home? Grab their hands and make your way to the Fayetteville Free Library Saturday Oct. 25 for an incredibly fun -- and spooky -- time with your family! The library will be transformed into a giant Halloween-themed carnival with plenty of terrifying activity sure to keep your hairs raised the entire afternoon.

Carniffall is the FFL's first annual family event and fundraiser that's geared for kids of all ages. Pastimes include crafts for toddlers and games and prizes for pre-school and school-age children. Pre-teens will get to enjoy the Wii and the unforgettable haunted house.

"The haunted house will be amazing," said Heather Matzel, director of patron services. "It's being constructed by a local artist [Chris Kukenberger], so it's going to be a giant leap from your typical [ones] with cobwebs and chains. I think the older kids are going to love it."

Located in the dark and eerie "East wing" of the library that has not yet been developed, the haunted house theme involves the library gone bad, and asks the daunting question: "Have you ever wondered what would happen to you if you didn't return your library books?"

Kids, who are encouraged to come in costume, can look forward to other activities too such as Dancing in the Dark, Pumpkin Plinko, Mystery Box and Spider Cups. A pumpkin contest will also be held -- kids just need to bring their carved or decorated pumpkins to enter.

"We hope to make it a tradition that families can look forward to during the fall, year after year," said Brenda Shea, director of community relations.

The event is free with proceeds generated from game ticket sales (most cost 25 cents to play) and a three-tiered raffle ($2/$5/$10) -- the higher the ticket cost, the greater the prizes.

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