2021 Schedule of events
HAUNT YOUR HOUSE Decorating contest
Judging opens FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
The competition was stiff during 2020’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. 2020’s contest brought in more contestants and more voters than ever before. We can’t wait to see how the residents top it in 2021! Registration opens September 14.
Sponsored by The Mavins Group
Wicked Windows of Westfield
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
Morticia & Gomez’s
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
WESTFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
314 mountain avenue
The ball is back, but as an outdoor gathering like no other! Sip smoldering libations in in a “ghoulish chic” atmosphere on the grounds of the Westfield Historical Society. Dress to impress (but maybe leave the stilettos at home this year). Enjoy music and dancing, as well as offerings from local fine dining establishments (featuring Limani lobster rolls) presented in pandemic-friendly servings. The ball will build upon the success of past years while ensuring the health and safety of our guests.
Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, September 9, at 8:00 PM. All attendees must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter. Rain date is October 2.
The Addams Family Fun DAY
Sunday, october 17
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, activities with some of our local merchants, and more.
DUDLEY'S DRIVE IN
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 & sATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
SOUTH AVENUE TRAIN STATION LOT
A little bit retro and naturally socially distant, a drive-in is the perfect addition to the AddamsFest line-up! At last year’s event, hundreds of families joined members of the Addams Family for kid-friendly movies and a festive night-time crowd for some scarier fare.
Sponsored by Overlook Center & Atlantic Medical Group.
cult classics at the historic rialto theater
friday, October 22 and october 29
Join us in Westfield's beloved Rialto Theater as its doors re-open this October for memorable screenings of seasonal cult classics! The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns, complete with the Friday Nite Specials Shadow Cast. And don't miss The Blob, a nod to Blobfest, which was the inspiration for our own annual festivities!
THE ADDAMS FAMILY HOUSE ON MINDOWASKIN POND
Be sure to take a photo of the floating Addams Family house on Mindowaskin Lake. 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.
complements: the art of charles addams & suzanne heilmann
EVERY WEEKEND, OCTOBER 8 - 31
THE RIALTO THEATER -- 250 EAST BROAD STREET
Artist and friend of the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation Suzanne Heilmann’s masterpieces get a special twist in this exhibit, which pairs her imaginative works alongside an artist who also had a flair for the extraordinary – Charles Addams.
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.
Charlie’s Ale Garden
Saturday, October 16
THE WESTFIELD ARMORY GROUNDS
It's baaaaack -- and it's modified for pandemic safety! Enjoy a variety of beers and wine, as well as food from local restaurants, as we transform the grounds of the Westfield Armory into an outdoor beer garden with live music.
Tickets will go on sale October 8 at 8:00 PM. All attendees must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter. Rain date is October 17.
GOMEZ's Lecture Series
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20
THE JAMES WARD MANSION
Each year, AddamsFest brings artists, scholars and entertainers together to discuss aspect of Charles Addams’ life and art. This year the tradition continues with a variety of events, including, a special conversation with Tee & Charles Addams Executive Director Kevin Miserocchi and artist Suzanne Heilman, as well as a special presentation by biographer Linda Davis, author of Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life.