STAMFORD, CT — October 31, 2018 — Despite the weather warnings of this past Saturday, the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) and the Ferguson Library’s Haunted Halloween Book Give-Away on October 27th proved to be an event worthy of withstanding the storm. The event, which took place from 1PM-4PM, brought a total of over 450 individuals throughout the day.

Children from Pre-K through 5th grade dressed as superheroes, princesses, and story-book characters entered the 3rd floor auditorium of the Ferguson. An array of books for every age group and reading level were on display on seven different tables for guests to choose from. Over 700 new books were given away throughout the day. The Scholastic Corporation generously donated new books for this Give-Away, while The Downey Family Foundation provided sponsorship to make this event possible.

At 1:30PM, the children were asked to gather around for a spooky story read by Newfield Elementary School Principal, Lisa Saba-Price. Her storytelling captivated the audience, and encouraged the children to participate in the plot. Julia A. Stark Elementary School Assistant Principal Joe Claps provided a similar experience for the children, along with Roxbury Elementary School Principal Dr. Mark Bonasera, who even brought his own props for his story!

In the craft corner, kids made their own lollipop and cotton ball ghosts, and colored their own pumpkins! There were even Halloween themed tattoos distributed by volunteers. SPEF’s polar bear mascot, SPEFy joined in the fun by leading the crowd in a costume parade around the Ferguson.