Tundra Books, a division of Penguin Random House Canada, in partnership with Celebration Square and the City of Mississauga is launching Halloween Monster Tales, a free, larger-than-life interactive installation.
From October 22–31, visitors will be able to enter the worlds of Bob’s Hungry Ghost, Monsters 101, and The Barnabus Project.
Each book will have its own designated zone featuring audio and video clips of the creators, scavenger hunts, and 3D photo boxes that attendees can step inside of. The Mississauga Library will also be offering pre-recorded “spooky storytimes” for the duration of the event.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve had to really reinvent how we deliver programming and experiences for our audience at Celebration Square in Mississauga. We’re known for big events, so the past year and a half has been really challenging,” said Amy Butoiske, event producer for the City of Mississauga. “I love kids’ books, and I love Halloween. I’ve seen storybook walks before and thought it would be really fun to play with the idea of a storybook walk, but on a really large scale, so that kids could feel like they were entering into the story worlds.”
The event concludes on October 31 with authors Geneviève Côté, Cale Atkinson, Terry Fan, Eric Fan, and Devin Fan sharing their stories and answering questions from children in attendance.
“Halloween is our favourite season at Tundra and we have the books to show for it,” said Vikki VanSickle, Penguin Random House Canada’s marketing and publicity director. “We hope kids are delighted by their experiences at Monster Tales and inspired to take a closer look at the books, created by authors and artists from their own country.”