For thousands of years, puppets have been entertaining children (and adults). Even in this age of screens, the popularity of Sesame Street as well as Broadway shows like The Lion King is testament to their enduring appeal. Give kids a live experience with the ancient art at Fratello Marionettes’ Halloween Spooktacular! A cast of characters that includes happy ghosts, Frankenstein, a not-so-scary spider, and the infamous Purple People Eater will entertain kids at free shows at local libraries: October 15, 4 p.m., Windsor Regional Library, Windsor; October 18, 4 p.m., Cloverdale Regional Library, Cloverdale; October 27, 11 a.m., Healdsburg Regional Library, Healdsburg; October 27, 1:30 p.m., Rincon Valley Library, Santa Rosa; and October 30, 4 p.m., Sonoma Valley Library, Sonoma. Go to fratellomarionettes.com/schedule for a full schedule.