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Wanaque Youngsters Start Halloween Early At Library Party

Denise Carrozza, children's librarian, leads story time at the Wanaque Public Library's Halloween party Saturday morning, Oct. 31.
Denise Carrozza, children's librarian, leads story time at the Wanaque Public Library's Halloween party Saturday morning, Oct. 31. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Daniel Kurcz reads a story to Zoe, 3.
Daniel Kurcz reads a story to Zoe, 3. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Brayden Smith, 3, takes his turn at pumpkin bowling.
Brayden Smith, 3, takes his turn at pumpkin bowling. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Peter Iodaci, 5, finds a hidden pumpkin.
Peter Iodaci, 5, finds a hidden pumpkin. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Sebastian Zak, dressed as Woody from "Toy Story," listens to story time with his mom Agnes.
Sebastian Zak, dressed as Woody from "Toy Story," listens to story time with his mom Agnes. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Tyler Behrens, 2, dressed as Luke Skywalker from "Star Wars."
Tyler Behrens, 2, dressed as Luke Skywalker from "Star Wars." Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Gabriella Behrens, 2 months, takes a nap in her Princess Leia costume.
Gabriella Behrens, 2 months, takes a nap in her Princess Leia costume. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Denise Carrozza, children's librarian, dressed as the book fairy to promote reading.
Denise Carrozza, children's librarian, dressed as the book fairy to promote reading. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

WANAQUE, N.J. — Pumpkins and candy were scattered throughout the Wanaque Public Library for its Halloween party Saturday morning.

A dozen or so youngsters came to the library for story time, games of pumpkin bowling and a scavenger hunt -- plus dessert.

Allowing the children to come in costume early helped spread out the festivities, said Wanaque Children's Librarian Denise Carrozza, dressed as a book fairy for the event to promote reading.

"Having had four daughters I know if [Halloween] is on a weekday, they want to get up and get right out to the houses," Carrozza told Daily Voice. "I thought this would be a good place for the kids to come and get their start without ringing doorbells."

The children brought home goody bags filled with more treats, donated by Braen Stone Industries Inc.

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