Soham Library will be thrown into almost complete darkness to reveal the secret side of the library for this first ever Haunted House event on Wednesday 31 October from 5.30pm. Young people and everyone looking for a good fright is welcome to this creative, fun and creepy experience.
As a way of engaging young volunteers to help with the event, the library has worked with the County Council’s Early Help team and Soham Village College to deliver a ‘Zombie School’ workshop on Friday 19 October. Developed as a tutorial on how to be a zombie, the workshop included face paint and other horror makeup, costume design, and drama sessions to rehearse a zombie walk. The walk took place down Soham high street on the afternoon of Monday 22 October with a horde of zombies descending on the town, inviting everyone to visit the Haunted House on Halloween.
This Haunted House event evolved from a suggestion received during engagement sessions that were held with the local community over the summer, where people said they wish to see more events tailored for young people at Soham Library.
Sue Wills, Cambridgeshire Library Service Manager said: “Our Haunted House is not for the fainthearted! We’ve embraced the community’s suggestion and designed this event to appeal to those who enjoy a fright fest, and to attract those young people who may not usually think of the library as an ‘edgy’ place.
“We’re planning this event as a radical strategy to challenge the perception of library events, and to engage a new audience. Will you dare join us?”
The library’s partnership with Soham Village College will continue beyond the Haunted House with Soham Village College students ‘taking over the library for the day’ throughout the autumn term. The first of these sessions will take place on 6 November.
The Haunted Library will be open from 5:30pm to 9pm and tickets are sold in 15 minutes time slots. Only five customers at a time will be admitted per time slot. Information and tickets for the event are available in Soham Library.
Soham Library Haunted House, 7 Clay St, Soham, Ely CB7 5HJ
Wed 31 October, 5.30pm – 9pm (every 15 minutes)
Tickets: £2 / person, Over 12+ only
Press release from Cambridgeshire County Council
Young zombies were spotted walking down Soham High Street on Monday afternoon. Will you dare come and meet them at the haunted Soham Library on Halloween?