Midcoast lens: Crafting spooky fun

By Louis Bettcher | Oct 21, 2017
Photo by: Louis Bettcher Boston Poulin, age 7, displays a skeleton decoration he made at the Rockport Public Library Oct. 19.

Rockport — Children enjoyed an afternoon of creepy crafting at the Rockport Public Library Oct. 19, as Youth Services Librarian Ben Odgren showed how to create various Halloween-themed decorations for the upcoming holiday.

The group made skeletons from Q-Tips, ghosts from cotton balls, and grinning Jack o' lanterns from brightly colored construction paper. The library, too, had undergone some seasonal redecorating, as festive garlands of black and orange crepe paper and thick "cobwebs" hung from the ceiling.

Many of the young visitors to the crafting party had already decided on the costumes they plan to wear trick-or-treating. Boston Poulin, age 7, plans to dress as the Grim Reaper, while his sister, Felicity, 9, said she hopes to go as "a cannibal corpse doll." George Johns, age 5, and his sister, Olivia, age 9, plan to go in slightly less frightening disguises: a pirate and a cat, respectively.

October also marks "Seafaring Month" at the Rockport Public Library. All month long musicians, sailors and boat builders have presented nautical-themed events. The last event in the series will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. The talk by Captain and chef Annie Mahle will focus on life aboard her schooner, the J&E Riggin.

Felicity Poulin, age 9, displays a spooky ghost ornament she made using cotton balls and construction paper. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
George and Olivia Johns work on making Q-Tip skeleton decorations at the Rockport Public Library Oct. 19. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Halloween-themed streamers decorate the rafters at the Rockport Public Library Oct. 19. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
A spider spins a spooky web in the Rockport Public Library. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
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