Halloween parties are featured activities this weekend at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library, and begin a week of events for writers, readers, and cooks.

Teen and adult fans of steampunk, anime, and superheroes, or of just dressing in costume can enjoy dancing, games, food during the Halloween Cosplay Ball. The after-hours party begins at 6:30 p.m. today.

With a Monster Mash dance party and costume contest, a Monster Lab and a Library Escape Room, kids have their own ball at the Mini Monster Mash from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Spend Wednesday with the library’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) team of writing and chocolate enthusiasts.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with new and experienced writers welcome.

Reading Rovers inspires and encourages young readers to practice reading and storytelling skills.

Meet the certified therapy dogs at 6 p.m. Thursday, and give reading a ghostly Halloween story a try.

Register for a Holiday No-Bake Deserts cooking class with Jackie McLaughlin, and simplify holiday meals with easy and nutritious deserts. The class begins at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4.

Here is a selection from the library shelves for those who like their scary stories funny, and those who like their scary stories exciting.

“Apex,” by Mercedes Lackey;

“The Empty Grave,” by Jonathan Stroud;

“Fangs For The Memories,” by Sienna Mercer;

“Gather The Daughters,” by Jennie Melamed;

“The Legend Of Shadow High,” by Shannon Hale;

“Monsters University,” by Disney;

“The Mummy,” by Universal Pictures;

“Scooby-Doo And The Alien Invaders,” by Warner;

“Secrets In Death,” by J. D. Robb;

“Sing, Unburied, Sing,” by Jesmyn Ward.

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