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Way back in the days of VCRs and VHS tapes (boy I’m really dating myself with this one!) I can remember few films being as impactful on my childhood as “Hocus Pocus.” It was force fed to me if we’re being honest. My cousins were obsessed with it. They would play an old tape of it year round in my grandma’s basement. Snow storm in February? Fire up “Hocus Pocus!” Beautiful day on the Fourth of July? Fire up “Hocus Pocus!” But especially on Halloween.

The film’s prolific rise to cult status has been a strange one. Like all great cult films, it was originally panned by critics. It carries the review summary on movie review website Rotten Tomatoes of “Harmlessly hokey yet never much more than mediocre, “Hocus Pocus” is a muddled family-friendly effort that fails to live up to the talents of its impressive cast.” And has the critic score of 33% making it very rotten. Despite all this, the film has become a sensation with its avid fan base, which seems to only be growing. There are midnight showings across the country. And there is even an event at the West Pittston Library the week of Halloween to get us all in the holiday spirit.

They’ve done it with “Elf” and again with “Toy Story.” Now the library brings you an interactive version of the best Halloween movie of all time! All participants receive a movie kit containing a script and all supplies needed to enjoy this holiday classic. Join the fun at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

If Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is more your speed, the library has a Scary Stories Book Club continuing at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 17 and 24. The notorious book series of frightening short stories based on urban legends, recently has been made into a movie, and now it’s a scary (but fun) book club! No need to read ahead of time. Each week the club will read selections together, talk about what makes them scary, or not, complete fun activities and enjoy snacks.

Registration for both programs is free and must be done in advance in person or by calling 570-654-9847. The library does not accept registrations through Facebook.

Corpus Christi news

“Turning Point – A Study of the Gospel of John Part 1” is continuing at Corpus Christi Parish with classes at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 17 and 24 and Nov. 7, in Immaculate Conception Church. Each class will last about 60 to 75 minutes. The group will study the Gospel of John and concentrate on eight encounters people had with Jesus. Please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or deacon.meizanis@gmail.com to register or for information. The cost for the study is $20.

Twilight Bingo will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, in Immaculate Conception Church hall. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, which includes 15 regular games where you can win $150 each. There will be five special games at an additional cost of $5 each. The specials will have two $500 winners, one $750 winner and two $1,000 winners. Homemade food will be available for purchase. Feel free to BYOB. Reserved seating is available.

For tickets, mail payment to the church or drop it in the weekend collection basket and your ticket/tickets will be mailed to you. Please specify “bingo tickets” on the envelope. Or, stop by the rectory Monday through Friday to purchase bingo tickets and request reserved seating

The adult choir will rehearse at 6:30 p.m. Mondays in Immaculate Conception Church. Adults and teens, if you like to sing, you are welcome to join the adult choir.

Women’s club meeting

West Pittston Women’s Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at West Pittston United Methodist Church. A covered dish lunch will be held. Lois Miller is chairwoman.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following:

West Pittston Writers Workshop — 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Jamie Marino’s popular writing workshop continues through Nov. 21. This free workshop is designed to challenge and inspire the poet or storyteller in you with writing exercises, coaching and community. The group meets in the reading room.

Taste Test — With programs geared for kids, teens and adults, this might be the most delicious series the library has offered since the Year of Pizza! Test your taste buds each month and take a guess as to what tasty flavors of your favorite snacks the library has to offer. Then take on the task of rating the flavors according to your favorites! In October, taste test popcorn and in November, snack on Doritos. Adult Taste Test is at 7 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18; the kids’ program is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19, and the teen program is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 23 and Nov. 20.

Registration is free but must be done in advance in person or by calling the library at 570-654-9847. Registration is not accepted on Facebook.

West Pittston Historical Society Presents: Anna Elizabeth Dickinson — 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. The library will host a presentation focusing on past West Pittston resident Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, the “Joan of Arc” of the Civil War. Learn about this fascinating woman, her history and the history of our beloved town, set against the backdrop of our country’s most divisive conflicts.

The program is free to the public. Registration is not required, but allows the library to accommodate everyone, so please call 570-654-9847 to let them know you will attend.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.