ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
Rolling Hills Library wants all little ghouls and goblins to have a chance to dress up for Halloween, if they wish.
Families who are in need of costumes but may be unable to afford them are encouraged to visit "Uncle Fester's Closet" at either the Belt or Savannah Branch of Rolling Hills.
"Uncle Fester's Closet is our way of helping kids get costumes for Halloween who may need them," Library employee Alan Stolfus said.
He added that it's a great time for parents to go through old costumes and pass on any costumes that children have outgrown.
"What parent doesn't have Halloween costumes stashed away in the back of a closet or the bottom drawer of a dresser somewhere," Stolfus asked.
Both library branches are accepting costume donations through Halloween. Stolfus asks that donations be dropped off prior to Oct. 28, the day the Belt Branch in St. Joseph will host BooFest. Children who visit the closet will be able to pick out a costume for free.
"It's a way to make sure that kids who want to come to Boofest have a way of having costumes and are able to participate and be a part of all the fun that's going to happen here that morning," Stolfus said.
Boofest will start at 11 a.m. The library will welcome kids of all ages for safe trick-or-treating, games, crafts and a free hot dog lunch to the first 200 visitors.
Rolling Hills' Savannah branch will host a Halloween open house on Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The open house will feature a treasure hunt in the library stacks and Halloween stories.
Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library's website, www.rhcl.org.