Spider-Man was among a colourful cast of characters at Maple Creek Library on Saturday. So too were two little girls inspired by the My Little Pony series and a fairy godmother, alias Tekeyla Friday, children’s programmer for the Chinook Regional Library.
The occasion was a “Tech and Treats” Halloween party, which had an appropriately spooky atmosphere.
As encouraged, children had turned up in costumes. While six-year-old Charlie Baber chose to be Spider-Man, Kate and Ellie Blythman preferred the My Little Pony look. Others simulated witches and wizards from Harry Potter.
At the beginning of the party, Tekeyla treated the children, who were Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3, to several puppet shows with a ghostly theme.
Next, Tekeyla handed out tablets, with which children were able to control “haunted” spheros. Glowing balls were soon rolling across the library floor. A touch of the tablet could change a ball’s direction, or the intensity of its glow.
Other fun activities included drawing, and playing with “slime”. What child isn’t fascinated by the elasticity of a gooey material that can be turned into any shape imaginable?
Towards the end of the hour-long party, Santa Claus appeared in the form of Violet Wong, the librarian. She came laden with treats, bringing an early taste of Christmas. To the children, Santa’s appearance was a sweet surprise.
The promise of “tech and treats” had been fulfilled.
“The kids had a spook-tacular time,” said Wong.