2022 Schedule of events

HAUNT YOUR HOUSE Decorating contest
Judging opens FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

The competition was stiff during 2021’s Haunt your House Contest. Who will have the spookiest house in 2021? Community members will tour the decorations and vote for their favorites using an online map of participating homes. Registration opens September 12.

Sponsored by The Mavins Group

 

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Wicked Windows of Westfield
THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

The Wicked Windows of Westfield transforms Downtown Westfield’s storefronts into delightful Halloween displays. Look for some of Charles Addams’ favorite characters peering out from the windows! Be sure to also look out for spooky decorations on the street lamps and special appearances by the Addams Family themselves!

Sponsored by Jean Marie Morgan, Realtor

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Morticia & Gomez’s
MasQUERADE Ball
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14
THE JAMES WARD MANSION
169 EAST BROAD STREET

After walking the purple carpet, masked guests will be invited to feast on Addams-inspired gourmet fare, sip smoldering libations, and dance in an interactive setting.

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The Addams Family Fun DAY
Sunday, october 16
DOWNTOWN WESTFIELD

From Pugsley to Grandmama, there's something fun for everyone at Addams Family Fun Day. Head on over to Quimby Street in Downtown Westfield, which will be closed to cars for a day of family fun -- including Addams Family character visits, live performances, incredible displays by the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers and  Bubble Show, activities with some of our local merchants, and more.

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addamsfest presents:
the art of cartooning workshop
monday, august 29 - thursday, september 1
westfield location tbd

From comic books to animation, cartoons come in many styles. Artist Charles Addams was known for drawing Single Panel Cartoons, which capture an entire story or joke in just one image. In this four-day workshop, aspiring cartoonists will learn the elements of single panel cartoons with teaching artist Doug Baron. Finished works will be displayed alongside original Charles Addams cartoons during AddamsFest’s art exhibit at the Rialto, October 14-30.

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FAMILY MOVIE AT THE RIALTO
SATURDAY, october 29
the CENTER FOR CREATIVITY AT THE rialto 

Grab your kids for a fun-filled afternoon at the movies. The movie is TBD, but the fun of watching a Halloween classic with your whole family is certain!

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY HOUSE ON MINDOWASKIN POND
THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

Be sure to take a photo of the floating Addams Family house on Mindowaskin Pond. Playing off a beloved Westfield tradition, this Halloween house is a nod to the replica of the Presbyterian Church that signals the holiday season in December. Take a stroll into the park to delight in the Lighted Bandstand, decorated in festive colors for the AddamsFest season.

Sponsored by Erin Ben-Hayon, Realtor

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EVOLUTION: ADDAMS AND THE ARTISTIC PROCESS
FRI/SAT/SUN, OCTOBER 14-30 
THE CENTER FOR CREATVITIY AT THE RIALTO -- 250 EAST BROAD STREET

Did you know that the ideas for some of Charles Addams’ most memorable cartoons came from other people? Or that his cartoons often went through multiple versions until they were ready to publish? See how Addams’ work evolved from an idea to publication at Evolution: Addams and the Artistic Process. Featuring original works, rough drafts and more, this exhibit gives us a glimpse into the process of one of the world’s most iconic cartoonists. 

 

In addition to the main exhibition, local students who participated in a weeklong cartooning workshop will have their art displayed alongside original works by Charles Addams.

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ADDAMS-INSPIRED MURALS
unveiling in early october

Public murals breathe life, art and inspiration into their surrounding community. The Town of Westfield Public Arts Commission held an open contest to create murals for the Central Avenue underpass. One entire span of the underpass will feature the theme: Inspired by Addams. Winning submissions showcase their most Charles Addams-inspired works to create an indelible mark not just on the walls of the underpass, but on Westfield’s history.

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Charlie’s Ale Garden
Saturday, October 22
THE WESTFIELD ARMORY 
500 rahway avenue

Back where it belongs! Charlie’s Ale Garden returns to inside the spacious Westfield Armory this year. The most in-demand event of the season will once again feature a full roster of local bands, as well as beer, wine, and food for purchase from a variety of local restaurants.  

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GOMEZ's Lecture Series
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
THE CENTER FOR CREATIVITY AT THE RIALTO

Each year, AddamsFest brings artists, scholars and entertainers together to discuss aspect of Charles Addams’ life and art. This year the tradition continues with Chatting With Charlie: The PBS Interview. In 1981, Charles Addams sat down with PBS’s John Callaway for a sprawling conversation about the artistic process, his life growing up in Westfield, NJ, and all things Addams. Join us for a screening of this interview, followed by a Q & A by Executive Director of the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation, Kevin Miserocchi.

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