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Jarring contest brings Halloween spirit to Longmont Library

All ages invited to make a “preserved” specimen for spooky competition
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An example of what an entry into the "Thing in a Jar" contest could look like.

Longmonsters of all ages can put their creepy skills on display thanks to a new Halloween contest from the Longmont Library.

Participants are encouraged to make a “preserved” specimen jar. The specimen can be any creepy creation, whether from a book or one’s own imagination.

There will be four prize categories for the spooky contest: best adult jar for people over 14, between jar for ages 9-13, best kid’s jar for those 8 and under, and a people’s choice categories that will be determined by popular vote.

Finished entries can be dropped off at the library’s second floor desk starting Oct. 17 and must be dropped off by 5 p.m. Oct. 23 to be part of the contest. Liquid must be secure in the jar.

Voting for the people’s choice category begins Oct. 24 through Oct. 30. Winners will be announced on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Entry forms can be picked up at the second floor or at the children’s and teens’ desks, or can be printed off the website.

The library is offering a class to help the public make their “thing in a jar,” but registration is already full for the Oct. 6. Interested parties can still join the waitlist.



Amy Golden

About the Author: Amy Golden

I grew up in Colorado Springs and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
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