By Angie Georgeff
Nuts, leaves and temperatures are falling as stores stock up for Christmas. That can only mean one thing. It is almost time for ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties to go bump in the night. On the appointed day, don your fey apparel and begin the evening’s festivities at the library.
Library Trick or Treat will commence at 4 p.m. and continue until 6 p.m. Stations will be set up throughout the library offering stories, games, crafts and refreshments in keeping with the spirit of the season. Since candy will naturally be a part of the celebration, donations of individually wrapped candies would be appreciated.
Our teen Halloween party is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27. Costumes are optional, but don’t be surprised if there is a witch or superhero in attendance.
A Halloween-themed movie will headline the entertainment. Refreshments will be served, but if participants want to bring a treat to share, it will be welcomed. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m.
I gave up trick-or-treating at an earlier age than most children of my generation. I loved the candy, of course, but the cold weather and those awful plastic masks we wore combined to make the evening a misery for me. I soon opted to stay home, pass out candy and enjoy seeing the inevitably-inappropriate-for-the-weather costumes that other kids were wearing. My mother always bought “good” candy for Halloween, so I stayed warm, helped myself and never felt the least deprived. I still don’t enjoy cold weather, which is one of the reasons I shuddered when I saw the title of this week’s spotlight book.
“Deep Freeze,” John Sandford’s latest novel, finds Virgil Flowers in Trippton, Minnesota. If you’re a fan, you may be acquainted with Trippton because of its memorable school board. Most governing bodies of that sort don’t have a history of corruption and murder, but Trippton, as Virgil well knows, is an exception to that rule. It’s not the kind of thing their Chamber of Commerce would tout.
Once Trippton High School’s Girl Most Likely to Succeed, bank president Gina Hemming has been fished out of the river in the only spot where it wasn’t frozen – near the town’s sewage treatment plant. She died after a meeting of the committee planning the twenty-fifth reunion of the THS Class of 1992. It soon becomes apparent to Virgil that resentment in the small town runs even colder and deeper than the river – so deep that death alone may not be vengeance enough.