The Austintown library celebrates the 25th anniversary of “Goosebumps”

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Ashley Young did a demonstration at the Goosebimps Party where she poured vinegar into a jack-o-lantern with baking soda inside of it. The reaction resulted in the pumpkin looking like it was vomitting blue foam.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Children placed their hands inside boxes to "guess the gross." The boxes had labels like "zombie brains" and "bat wing." They had to guess the actual item in the box, such as noodles for the zombie brains and beef jerky for the bat wings.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Librarian Ashley Young laid out sheets for children to make their own Goosebumps book cover, similar to the R.L. Stine books on display in the room.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The families began the did the Goosebumps Party on Oct. 19 by making their own slime, which they could take home. In order to make the slime, they combined starch, glue and food dye.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Librarian Ashley Young organized an event at the Austintown library to commemorate the 25th anniversay of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps franchise. Young created many games for the event, including a guessing game of how many eyeballs fit into a jar.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Austintown library hosted a party based around R.L. Stine’s series of children’s books, “Goosebumps,“ on Oct. 19.

Librarian Ashley Young organized the event and set out seven stations focused on the series. Five families came to the event.

The families all started at a station where they made slime from starch and glue. The children mixed the two together along with food dye to give the slime color. The mixture created a thick, slime-like substance.

Young moved everyone near another table for the second station where she combined baking soda, vinegar and blue food dye in a carved pumpkin. The mixture caused a reaction, so the pumpkin had blue foam coming from its mouth.

Young then let the children move around the room freely to use the remaining stations. She prepared a drawing table where the children designed their own “Goosebumps“ book, such as “Frankenstein’s Dog,“ which one child drew.

The event had three guessing games. For one game, Young placed “Goosebumps” covers on a board next to three different possible titles for the book. The children had to guess the correct title. Young placed boxes out that children stuck their hands in and guessed what was in the box. For example, a box labelled as “zombie brain” had noodles inside of it. The last game asked the children to guess how many eyeballs were in a jar.

Young also had a snack station that followed the theme. For example, she labelled the punch “Monster Blood,“ after one of the books in Stine’s series.

After everyone got a chance at each station, Young went through and gave answers to all of the guessing games. Each child received a small gift upon leaving.

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