How to Participate in Page Frights

This October, libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world will be participating in Page Frights, a month-long, Halloween-themed social media campaign.

Interested in participating in the campaign? We’d love for you to join us!

From October 1-31, draw on your collections and share images with a spooky slant (skeletons, black cats, gothic staircases, historical photos and advertisements, pumpkins, spiders, etc.) on social media and tag your posts with the hashtag #PageFrights. Think strange and scary but not too scary – avoid anything graphic or genuinely disturbing! You can take a look at our content guidelines here. Social media posts tagged with #PageFrights will be aggregated on this website, where you’ll also be able to find lots of other great campaign content and resources.

To really get into the Halloween spirit, share collection-inspired pumpkin carving designs and invite your followers to post their creations on social media. A detailed tutorial for designing original pumpkin carving patterns for the campaign is available here. The tutorial uses free graphic design software (Gimp) and includes templates branded for the campaign. We’ve made an effort to make design creation as easy as possible, but note the pumpkin carving designs are a fun option, not a requirement! All the pumpkin carving pattern resources are also collected here.

Even if you can only find a single scary illustration in your collection, we hope you join us! There’s no expectation for a certain number of posts, and the degree to which you participate is totally up to you. The only campaign requirement is to tag your posts with #PageFrights, and please include the image source. This can be a wonderful opportunity to link to related content like a digital collection or blog post, but simply sharing an image on social media or making a pattern available contributes to the campaign.

If you do decide to participate, be sure to fill out this form so that your institution can be listed on this website as a participant.

Page Frights is inspired by last year’s #CreepyArchives campaign, launched by the Medical Historical Library at Yale University. We encourage you to explore #CreepyArchives on Instagram and Twitter for inspiration, but remember to use the hashtag #PageFrights when posting your content.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via this form. We look forward to seeing your #PageFrights content!

Page Frights is spearheaded by the Biodiversity Heritage Library, The New York Academy of Medicine, the Medical Historical Library at Yale University, and Smithsonian Libraries.