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Hogwarts Halloween Returns to James Blackstone Library - October 14th & 15th
Posted on July 31st, 2017

A Hogwarts Halloween Returns to James Blackstone Memorial Library
Branford, Conn.: Back for the 4th year, A Hogwarts Halloween at Blackstone Library happens for one weekend only this fall. On October 14 and 15, children ages 6 and up can experience the magic as the library is transformed into Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Hogwarts, walking its hallowed halls, and climbing its winding stairs, this is your chance!
A Hogwarts Halloween for Kids
Children attending one of four available daytime sessions will get the feeling they truly have entered the halls of Hogwarts. Upon arrival, children will be escorted by Prefects to the Great Hall, where they will be greeted by Professor McGonagall. From there, attendees will take classes in Charms, Potions, and Divination. This year’s school session also involves an escape challenge – Dolores Umbridge has been known to lock an entire class out of the Hogwarts building and onto the Hogwarts grounds. It will be up to each class to work together to solve the clues and find the magic key that opens the door back into Hogwarts proper! And, of course, no one will leave without their wand from Ollivander’s Wand Shop personally matched by Ollivander.
These sessions are drop-off only, with Prefects escorting the children through their 2 hours of classes. Admission is $30 per child. Costumes are encouraged. For children ages 6 and up. Visit to reserve your child’s place.

Choose from four available sessions:
Saturday, October 14, 10am–12 pm or 1 pm–3 pm
Sunday, October 15, 10am–12 pm or 1 pm–3 pm

Also available for pre-purchase are souvenir Class T-Shirts (long sleeved), $20, and School Portraits, $10.
Souvenir T-Shirt Caption Contest
Do you know the perfect line from a Harry Potter book that you’d like to see on a t-shirt? Submit a caption for our T-Shirt Caption contest – if selected, your chosen caption will appear on this year’s souvenir T-shirt. You’ll receive a T-shirt and 2 tickets to a session of your choice! Entries should be fun, not too lengthy, and have instant book recognition. Past year’s captions have included, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” and “I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.” T-shirts are available for pre-order online, and during the event. Supplies are limited, Pre-ordering is suggested to ensure you get the size you want.
Submit your T Shirt Caption entry to, and be sure to include your name, age, town, phone number, and email address. Entries must be submitted by August 31. Winner will be chosen by Hogwarts faculty and announced in September. By entering the contest, you agree that your name and image may be used in promotional materials for James Blackstone Memorial Library and A Hogwarts Halloween at Blackstone. Hogwarts is part of the Harry Potter universe created by J.K. Rowling. Visit for more information about A Hogwarts Halloween at Blackstone Library.

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