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Oh, the Horror!
Oh, the Horror!

Oh, how we love to scare ourselves with stories of ghosts and ghouls. Close your closet doors and join us in October as we lift the veil on tales of spectral visitors and haunted places.

Oh, The Horror! Events (by date)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

7:30 p.m. at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library For ages 20-39

"The Invited" by Jennifer McMahon.

Friday, October 4, 2019

First Friday Art Walk

6 p.m. at Park Central Branch Library For adults

Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit.

Vinita Williams, art history major and museum studies minor at Missouri State University, will present "Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Activism in Images." On Display: Monsters in Nice Places: Art by Chad Woody

Ghosts of the Gillioz

7-9 p.m. at Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East For adults age 21 and older only

Join the historic Gillioz Theatre and The Library for a frightfully fun paranormal historic tour led by members of the St. Louis-based Paranormal Free Agents and Gillioz staff. During this 30-minute tour, you'll learn about the vibrant history of the Gillioz, hear legends and lore of unusual happenings throughout the years and discover the findings of a paranormal investigation completed earlier this summer by the PFA. Tours will depart every 15 minutes and will begin and end in The Gallery, where concession sales will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tours are limited to six individuals per time slot and registration is required. Please Note: The Gillioz is on the U.S. Registry of Historic Places and is not handicap-accessible in all areas of the tour.

Registration starts September 6; call 417-883-1974.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Classic Horror Movie Fest

5-6:30 p.m. at Park Central Branch Library For adults

Watch an essential classic horror movie each Saturday in October.

"Mad Love," not rated, 1935

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Donuts & Death

6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West For adults

Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.

"The Invited" by Jennifer McMahon.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Book Discussion

1:30 p.m. at Fair Grove Branch Library For adults

"The Invited" by Jennifer McMahon.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Outdoor Adventure Book Club

5:30-7 p.m. at Lost Hill Park, 4705 N. Farm Road 151 For for adults age 18 and older only

The Library is heading into the great outdoors! Join us for this series of outdoor adventure-themed book discussions held at parks in Springfield. Each discussion is paired with a related outdoor activity led by Springfield-Greene County Park Board Outdoor Initiatives staff.

"Haunted Hikes" Haunted Hike at Lost Hill Park. Meet at the Lost Hill Park parking lot for a moderate, 1.5-mile guided hike filled with tales of local folklore and discussion of by Maren Horjus. Limited to 20 participants.

Registration starts September 19; call 417-883-5341.

Ghost Towns of the Ozarks

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Ozarks Alive's Kaitlyn McConnell will talk about haunted spots, old-fashioned ghost towns and others that are said to be downright haunted.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Northview Book Discussion

10:30 a.m. at Northview Center, 301 E. Talmage St. For senior adults

Join us for this library-sponsored book group just for seniors.

"The Winter People" by Jennifer McMahon.

"Poltergeist" at The Moxie

8-10 p.m. at Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave. #101 For adults

The Freeling family enjoys a quiet suburban life, until demonic spirits terrorize them and kidnap the youngest, Carol Anne. Experience this PG-rated cult classic of the haunted house genre on the big screen at this free presentation.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Classic Horror Movie Fest

5-6:30 p.m. at Park Central Branch Library For adults

Watch an essential classic horror movie each Saturday in October.

"The Wolf Man," not rated, 1941

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Art of Horror

7-9 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Indelible images of horror from film and classic literature have inspired artists and illustrators for generations. Artists D.A. Frizell, illustrator for "Bender: The Complete Saga," and Gary Bedell and Adam McLaughlin, illustrators for the upcoming "Graveyard Slaughter," discuss classic horror artists and illustrations and how they inspire their artwork.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Classic Horror Movie Fest

5-6:30 p.m. at Park Central Branch Library For adults

Watch an essential classic horror movie each Saturday in October.

"House of Wax," not rated, 1953

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Haunted Libraries of the Midwest

6-7:30 p.m. at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library For adults

From "The Grey Lady" of Evansville, Indiana, to the Victorian ghost girls of Nevada, Missouri, ghostly specters are said to lurk between the shelves of many Midwest libraries. Library staffers Marily Weddell and Tod Jackson will share webcam images, newspaper stories and firsthand accounts by librarians during this tour of five of the Midwest's most haunted libraries.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Book Discussion

1:30 p.m. at Library Station For adults

"The Invited" by Jennifer McMahon.

Haunted Places and Haunted People: An Evening with Jennifer McMahon

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon's novels connect deeply to history and how it seeps into a place. Join Jennifer for a discussion about her writing, her love of the horror genre and what it means to be haunted. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Classic Horror Movie Fest

5-6:30 p.m. at Park Central Branch Library For adults

Watch an essential classic horror movie each Saturday in October.

"Night of the Living Dead," not rated, 1968