Fun & Cheap stuff to do for Halloween

You dressed up for costume day at school.  You came to the Pumpkin Carving Contest at your local Sonoma County Library branch.  You MIGHT be able to get away with one more year of trick-or-treating.  But what ELSE is there to do around Halloween?  If you are still looking for fun & cheap (or free!) things to do this weekend, check out some of these:



Blind Scream and Doc’s Horrortorium.  Through October 31, open 7pm-11pm.  $12 for the Horrortorium;  $15 for the Blind Scream, or $18 for a ticket to both.  Manly Honda, 2770 Corby Ave. in Santa Rosa. 

Campfire in the Corral. Friday, October 29, from 5-9pm (weather permitting).  Admission $10.
Roast a hot dog or marshmallows, have some hot cider and cookies, and take a night time hay ride. Muelrath Ranch Pumpkin Farm, 3800 Walker Avenue, Santa Rosa

CHOPS Halloween Carnival.  Saturday, October 30, from 5-8pm.  Free to help, or admission $4.  Teens are running this carnival for Sonoma County families, and they are looking for more volunteers!  509 Adams Street in Santa Rosa.  707-284-CHOPS (2467).

Dr. Evil’s House of Horrors.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 29-31, from sundown to 11pm.  $10 Admission.  16101 Neely Road in Guerneville.


Dragon’s Head Inn Haunted House.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 29-31, 7-11pm.  Normally $12 Admission, but check out these great deals:

  • Friday, October 29:  Give blood at the mobile bloodmobile of the Blood Bank of the Redwoods and get a free pass!
  • Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31:  Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys-For-Tots and get a free pass!

Halloween Improv Show at 6th Street Playhouse.  Saturday, October 30 @ 8:00 pm.  $14 Admission.  52 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, California in Railroad Square.

Petaluma Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm.  Friday and Saturday nights 6-9 pm. $9 Admission.  So fun to run around in the maze in the dark!   550 Stony Point Rd. in Petaluma. 

We have a winner!

Congrats to the winner of our Teen Read Week contest! 

We did a random drawing of all the comments on last week's "What are you Reading" post, and the lucky winner is ISAMAR!

Isamar has won a BRAND-NEW, HARDCOVER copy of:

I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore

This is a new, hot book – kind of a paranormal-science fiction-thriller.  It was written by controversial adult author James Frey under a pseudonym. 

Imagine this:  invaders take over the alien planet of Lorien — all except for nine special babies who are brought to Earth.  Now they are separated, nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. These nine have grown up in hiding, but now they are being hunted down.  They can only be killed in numerical order… and numbers 1-3 are already dead. 

Movie is already in the works (coming out in February 2011 I think?), with Dianna Agron (from Glee) and Alex Pettyfer (from Stormbreaker & Beastly) as two of the leads. 

Isamar, I've sent you an email with instructions on how to pick up your prize.  Congrats again!!

Pumpkin Carving Contests

Got carving skills?  Check out one of these great Teen Pumpkin Carving contest at a library near you.  Teens will have one hour to carve pumpkins. When they are finished, pictures will be taken of each pumpkin and posted for the public to cast a vote. Prizes will be given out to the top three pumpkins. Pumpkins are provided.

Cloverdale Library
Wednesday, October 20th @ 2:30 PM

Rohnert Park Library
Tuesday, October 26th @ 3:00 PM

Rincon Valley Library
Tuesday October 26th @ 3:30 PM

Hope to see you there!

Teen Top Ten announced for 2010~!!

The "Teens' Top Ten" is a list of each year's very best books, chosen by TEENS LIKE YOU.  Members of teen book groups around the country nominate their favorite books, and then teens everywhere vote on their favorite ones (did you vote?!).  This year, the voting occurred between August 23 and September 17;  the winners were announced TODAY, to kick off Teen Read Week. 

And the winners are:

# 1

Catching Fire 
by Suzanne Collins

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# 6

Beautiful Creatures 
by Kami Garcia and 
Margaret Stohl

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# 2

City of Glass 
by Cassandra Clare

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# 7

Along for the Ride 
by Sarah Dessen

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# 3 

Heist Society
by Ally Carter

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# 8

If I Stay 
 by Gayle Forman

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# 4

by Maggie Stiefvater

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# 9

by Kristin Cashore

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# 5

 Hush, Hush 
by Becca Fitzpatrick

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# 10

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Click this link  for the official announcement, and to see the special webcast featuring video announcement featuring World Wrestling Entertainment Diva Eve Torres!

Teen Read Week

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 17 – 23, 2010. Visit your local library and check out many great books just waiting to be read.  What genre do you read? Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian, Paranormal, Mystery, Realistic, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction. Whatever the genre or subject, we have something for you!   

It Gets Better Project

I hope you are all aware of the horrific deaths of 9 young men in the month of September due to bullying regarding their sexual orientation. Nine young people who did not have the support of their communities to make them feel safe and loved for who they are, without regard for their sexual preference. There is a project on YouTube called It Gets Better begun by advice columnist Dan Savage. This project involves videos made by members of the LGBTQ community telling young people that the junior high and high school years will be over soon and they have rest of their lives to live free of bullies. Their lives will get better.
If you know a young person who is having trouble with bullying due to their sexuality or who needs support going through sexual identity issues, refer them to Positive Images, a Sonoma County nonprofit that for 20+ years has been home to LGBTQ youth and their families.
Thank you to Rachel, Library Associate @ Healdsburg and Central, for the information in this post.

Hogwarts online?!

OK, some people have too much time on their hands … but lucky for the rest of us, much entertainment is the result! 

When HP and the Sorcerer's Stone was written, way back in 1997, all of the social media hoopla that people take for granted nowadays wasn't even thought of yet.  Jump forward 13 years… the final book is finally being released as a movie (ok, only part one, but… countdown to November!), it seems that almost everyone has a Facebook page, and sites like youtube, twitter, etsy, and foursquare are part of our cultural identity.   Dan Kois, of NY Magazine's Vulture News, created these fun screencaptures of Harry's Facebook page, Draco's Twitter page, and more! 

Hogwarts Finally Hooks Up to the Internet

Enjoy, and click through to the original page, to read more of Hogwarts in the 21st century!