Everyone knows that reading is fundamental, but fun is pretty fundamental too, and that’s why the High Point Public Library is taking some time away from the books and focusing on Halloween activities during the month of October.

This month, the library will host a costume swap, a Trunk-or-Treat event and High Point University’s annual “HPUniverse Day” to celebrate Halloween.

The Halloween costume swap for kids will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Morgan Community Room of the library at 901 N. Main St. in High Point. 

Before then, families can drop off the costumes they wore last year at the Children’s Reference Desk during regular business hours – and they can, at that time, pick up a ticket for the swap.

Outright costume donations are of course accepted as well.

Then, on Saturday, Oct. 16, they can come and pick out a costume for this year.

On Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 to  7:30 p.m., kids can put those costumes to good use.  They can come out dressed up in character and get goodies at the “Trunk-or-Treat” event in the library parking lot.  Following the candy gathering and the other Trunk or Treat activities, there will be a showing of the movie “Goosebumps” in the library parking lot.

Those who come out are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs so they can enjoy the film in comfort under the stars.

Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., the library will host High Point University’s annual HPUniverse Day. This year, the theme is “Spooky Science” and the event will focus on space science, including rocket launches, moon crater demonstrations, a gravity gym and more. It’s free, however, “a donation of gently used or new children’s books is requested.”

 Costumes are encouraged at that  High Point University Spooky Science event.

Reservations can be made through the library by calling 336-883-3666 or by registering online at the following website with the very easy-to-remember address:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084AAFA72EA3FF2-spooky.