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All dressed up and somewhere to go

It might have been a Halloween unlike any other, but libraries in Medford and around Jackson County gave local children a taste of holiday traditions.

At least three-dozen costumed trick-or-treaters were able to safely load up on Halloween treats Saturday at the Medford library, according to Medford reference librarian Kayla Samnath, who was festively dressed in black cat attire for the celebration.

“It gives them a little sense of normalcy,” Samnath said, describing the chance for kids to dress up, go out and fill their pumpkin shaped treat pails after a pandemic year forcing many children to adjust to changes in the ways they learn and play.

That’s not to say library staff weren’t sticklers for safety. Samnath said each plastic goody bag — be it one with allergy-friendly candies or non-edible treats such as stickers and crayons — were packaged with gloved hands then left untouched in quarantine for at least 48 hours.

As of shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, about a half hour into the Medford library’s trick-or-treat event, Samnath had tallied more than 30 trick-or-treaters with costumes ranging from Ghostbusters to skeletons. A Friday trick-or-treat event drew a social distant friendly crowd of roughly 50 trick-or-treaters, according to Samnath.

Although each library in the Jackson County Library Services system has held similar trick-or-treat programs since Thursday, Samnath said she was especially proud of the “pumpkin trail” she’d devised for the Medford library. Pathways of fluorescent orange pumpkin-shaped sticky notes taped to the floor connected the children’s library to the circulation desk, the young adult desk and the reference desk.

Masked library staff were ready to greet them in costumes that ranged from Dr. Seuss’ famed “Cat in the Hat” to a “skeleton queen” in the teen library.

“It’s really cool because it’s at every service desk,” Samnath said four stations for kids to trick-or-treat in Medford. “They can potentially get a lot of goodies here at the library.”

It wasn’t just about treats, according to Samnath, but also a chance to get familiar with parts of the library children and families may not normally explore.

“It’s a great way to introduce kids to the library space,” Samnath said.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Trick-or-treaters Elena Goodwin (2), Charlotte Crain (5) and Logan Crain (2) collect treats Saturday afternoon at the Medford library.{ }Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
A library assistant Hailey gives treats to to trick-or-treaters Charlotte Crain (5) and Logan Crain (2) Saturday afternoon at the Medford library.{ }Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune