Halloween at Chanute

Winners of the costume contest, Mrs. Hill and M. Sgt. R. L. Jackson pose for a photograph. Published in Chanute Field Wings on Friday, October 31, 1941.On Halloween in 1941, the Chanute Air Force Base (CAFB) saw a spooky night hosted by the Non-Commissioned Officer’s (NCO) club. “Ghosts, goblins, and broom riding witches cavorted beneath a bright harvest moon as the Chanute NCO club staged its annual Halloween Hop Saturday evening.” The event featured an award for the best costumes. The award was presented to Mrs. Hill, the wife of master sergeant Joe Hill, for her costume as Annie Oakley. Mrs. Hill’s western dress, prop gun and holster, and large ten gallon hat made for a quite compelling costume. Mrs. Hill shared the spotlight with master sergeant R. L. Jackson who humorously presented himself as “a professor of Science.” Bespectacled by horn-rimmed glasses, a professorial overcoat, and a long wig, Jackson inspired laughter amongst his fellow party goers. Read more about Halloween at Chanute

(Cult) Classics

If you're looking for some movies to set the mood this Halloween weekend, your official watchlist is right here. From horror classics like Halloween and The Shining to the family-friendly flicks, Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, this list has something for everyone. Looking to find something beyond the classics? We've got you covered! Evil Dead 2, Re-Animator, and Suspiria are the cult classics you (never knew you) were waiting for. Read more about (Cult) Classics

Oh, the Horror!

The Ruins book coverAs October fast approaches, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite horror novels available here at The Urbana Free Library. With titles ranging from gory to suspenseful to terrifying, this list is not for the faint of heart. Read more about Oh, the Horror!

Monster Trucks!

cover of Monster Trucks by Joy Keller You might think the title of this blog would take you to the big machinery section of books.  And you would be partly right.  What makes this title stand out is that the drivers and operators of the trucks are monsters themselves!  Read more about Monster Trucks!

At UIUC, Before There Was "Unofficial", There Was...Halloween!

This article "Officials ponder putting hex on UI Halloween" was printed in the October 15, 1989 News-Gazette. In a pumpkin shell, the article states that the celebration of Halloween on campus started about 1975 "with crowds spilling into the streets and challenging police in impromptu drunken revelry. Police responded with riot gear and dogs."

Ban on UIUC Halloween?, News Gazette, October 15, 1989

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Thrilling Tales for Adults - with the Celebration Theatre Company

The time for creepy stories is upon us, and the talented members of The Celebration Company at The Station Theatre will be sharing a few of literature's best with us, here at the library on Halloween.  They'll include stories by Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ray Bradbury and more.   Read more about Thrilling Tales for Adults - with the Celebration Theatre Company