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Ghost Stories in the Graveyard

Animated jack-o-lantern with a cemetery, mansion, and full moon in the background

Halloween is less than a week away, and this year, there's an entire weekend to celebrate this ghostly holiday. If you're looking for some at-home entertainment, check out our Films to Fright and Delight post from last week, or browse our online catalog. Suppose you want to get out of the house and experience the holiday fun first-hand. In that case, there's a plethora of activities to do - trick or treating, trunk or treating, haunted houses, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and most importantly, Ghost Stories in the Graveyard!

Canyon Hill Cemetery sign

Ghost Stories in the Graveyard is a family-friendly storytelling experience at Canyon Hill Cemetery, hosted by the Caldwell Public Library. This program started three years ago with ghostly readings by a library staff member. Unfortunately, between inclement weather and the COVID-19 pandemic, this program took a two-year hiatus. But this year, we're back and ready for an eerie night of stories, snacks, and laughs!

photo of Jim Cogan laughing

Thanks to a partnership with Caldwell Fine Arts, this year's Ghost Stories in the Graveyard will feature storyteller Jim Cogan. Participants will hear stories of local folklore, creepy tales of the Canyon Hill Cemetery, and even more ghostly stories to delight and fright! Jim's experience as a storyteller for children makes him the perfect choice for a family-friendly night of spooky storytelling.

In addition to Mr. Cogan, the Friends of the Caldwell Public Library will provide hot chocolate and cookies at intermission. Guests may be encouraged to share their own chilling stories to end the evening.

Sound like a fun time? We'd love to have you join us this Friday, October 29, from 7-9 pm at the Oregon Trail marker in the Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell.

black and white rendering of gravestones on a sloping hillside

Here are a few tips for the evening:

  • It will be chilly - make sure the whole family is dressed warmly!

  • Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

  • The cemetery gates will be closed, but there is ample street parking, and we'll have lights to guide your walk to the gathering spot.

  • Be respectful of the dead and avoid walking over gravesites, messing with gravestones, or leaving trash or belongings around the cemetery.

Need directions to the cemetery? If you have a map app on your phone, type Canyon Hill Cemetery into the search tab of the app. If you don't, here are directions from the library:

  1. Get on 10th Ave heading toward the freeway.

  2. Follow the road under the overpass and up Canyon Hill.

  3. The cemetery will be on your right at the end of the road.

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