Frequently Asked Questions
What is AddamsFest?
AddamsFest is a town-wide celebration this October, honoring Westfield, NJ native Charles Addams and his penchant for the macabre. It will prove to be the destination event of the season with family-friendly events, lectures, exhibits, and film screenings.
Where are the AddamsFest activities taking place?
There is something for everyone at AddamsFest, from family-friendly events to adults-only festivities, in a variety of locations in Westfield. Please refer to our schedule of events page for complete details.
Will there be Handicapped Accessibility?
Yes. We will have ADA restrooms on Quimby Street on October 20 for the Family Fun zone, as well as in the Armory for Charlie’s Ale Garden. Designated handicapped parking areas can be found on our AddamsFest event map. In addition, for those who require elevator access to the Charles Addams Art Exhibit, it is available in rear of the James Ward Mansion via Elm Street -- please ask docents at the front entrance for assistance. Gomez’s Dynamite Model Railway has ramp access for entry and exit.
Where can I park?
Westfield has a number of municipal lots, as well as street parking available. As always, parking remains free on Sundays.
Quimby Street will be closed to traffic on October 20.
Note that the North Avenue train station lot (lot #2) will be closed to parking on October 26 until 1pm to accommodate the Westfield Farmers Market.
The South Avenue train station lot (lot #3) will be closed after midnight on October 26, and throughout the day on October 27 to host the Halloween festivities. If you utilize this lot to park for Saturday events, you will need to move your vehicle by midnight in order to avoid towing.
What are my transportation alternatives to driving?
Leaving your car at home is a great idea! If you’re coming from outside of the area, Westfield is serviced via bus and train by NJ Transit, with stops conveniently located within walking distance of the AddamsFest festivities downtown.
The following NJ Transit schedules servicing Westfield are available:
NJ Transit Raritan Valley train schedule between Raritan and Newark
#59 NJ Transit bus schedule between Plainfield and Newark
#113 NJ Transit bus schedule between Dunellen and New York Penn Station
Which streets will be closed to traffic?
On October 20, Quimby Street will be closed to traffic from 6am – 6pm.
What is the cost to attend AddamsFest?
There is no upfront admission or cost to take part in many of the AddamsFest festivities. The Addams Family Fun Zone, Halloween Festivities, Lurch’s Lecture Series are free and open to all! The Chas Addams & Friends Art Exhibit and Gomez’s Dynamite Model Railway both have a suggested donation of $5.
Which events require tickets?
Tickets are required for Morticia and Gomez’s Masquerade Ball, Lurch’s Lecture Series (no fee), Morticia’s Movies, Charlie’s Ale Garden, the Charles Addams Walking Tour, and Paranormal Investigations at the Reeve House. Please check our ticketing page to check pricing and availability.
Can I buy tickets at the door for Rocky Horror?
Tickets are only being sold on our website.
Who do I contact if I have a question about my tickets?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlie’s Ale Garden
Will tickets be sold the day of the event?
Sorry, but no! The event is fully sold out.
Are tickets transferable?
Yes, as long as proper identification for proof of age is presented.
Can family members or friends under 21 join me in the ale garden?
Unfortunately not. Admission to Charlie’s Ale Garden is open only to those 21 and older.
Will food be available?
Yes! Local restaurants will have stands in the ale garden with grab & go food for purchase.
Can I re-enter the beer garden once I leave?
Yes, as long as you are wearing your wristband, you will be granted re-entry.
Is smoking allowed?
Are pets allowed?
Can I use a credit card?
While Harvest Restaurant Group accepts credit cards for alcohol purchases, some of the food stands will be cash only. We advise you to bring both forms of payment.
Where should I park?
Parking will be available in the Westfield High School parking lot on Rahway Avenue, across the street from the Armory.
Is there a designated area for Uber and Lyft?
Yes – in the Westfield High School parking lot.
Trunk or Treat
What are the Halloween events at AddamsFest?
Join us on October 27 for Halloween, AddamsFest style! Don’t miss the return of the Optimist Club of Westfield’s Annual Halloween Parade, the Downtown Westfield Corporation Costume Contest, and Pugsley’s Trunk or Treat!
What time do the events begin?
Choose your own adventure and start at either the costume parade/contest in Foundation Park or, if you wish to head straight to the candy, go right to the trunk-or-treat in the South Avenue train lot. Both begin at 2pm!
1:30 – Assembly for the parade begins in Foundation Park
2:00 – Costume parade begins
2:00 – Trunk or treat begins
2:30 – Costume contest
3:00 – Trunk or treat medals awarded
3:30 – Trunk or treat ends (or while supplies last)
Do I have to decorate my car to participate in the trunk or treat?
Definitely not. Participation in trunk-or-treating is open to all families with children ages 12 and under. However, if you'd like to enter your car in the Trunk-or-Treat contest and distribute candy to participants (and we hope you will), you must register in advance online.
What about food allergies?
We’ve got it covered! There will be a dedicated section of Pugsley’s Trunk or Treat for children with food allergies, where non-food treats will be distributed.
Addams Family Fun Zone
Where are the restrooms located?
The public restrooms will be located on Quimby St near Central Avenue.
Will the shops/restaurants be open in Downtown Westfield?
Yes, and we encourage you to visit them!
What happens if it rains?
Channel your inner Wednesday and embrace it – the bleak weather is very on-brand for Charles Addams, and we’re rolling with it. Layer up, bring rain gear, and don’t let the weather ruin the day! The Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, local businesses, and performers are all still in!
If the rain is heavy, we will relocate the Howl-o-Ween Dog Costume Contest to Woofgang Grooming & Bakery.
Where is the handicapped accessible parking?
There will be extra handicapped spaces located on both Elm and Central (near Quimby).