Games, prizes, food, face painting, Halloween stories and group reading are just a few of the activities offered at the Florida A&M’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America’s Haunted Library.
The program is designed to promote reading and literacy among children by hosting a fun, safe event for students in an academic environment.
PRSSA members will dress up in costumes and also read Halloween-themed books to participating children.
PRSSA President Tiffany Bain said the initiative is also an effort to keep children safe on Halloween night and offer them an entertaining alternative to trick-or-treating.
“Even when I was younger, I didn’t want to sit down and read a book because it seemed boring,” said PRSSA participating member Nathon Green.
“Hopefully this will motivate kids to keep reading and help their skills. It’s the smiles on the kids faces and the excitement that the kids have that I look forward to.”
The event has remained rooted in the community for more than 20 years, a legacy Bain said she hopes to continue.
The event will be held Friday at the B.L. Perry Library, located at 2817 S. Adams St. The Haunted Library is free, open to all Tallahassee children, and will be open from 3 – 6 p.m.