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Ghoulish. Endearing. Bizarre. Charming. And always funny. From The Addams Family to the New Yorker, the cartoons of Charles Addams offer a lighter side of darkness that have charmed audiences for decades.  Westfield middle and high school students now have the chance to display their own Addams-inspired cartoon alongside the master’s at a joint exhibit at the James Ward Mansion during AddamsFest, with gift card prizes offered for the top three winners. 

Contest Rules:

Create a one-panel cartoon inspired by the work of Charles Addams. For more information about Addams and his work, please visit

  • The contest is open to all middle and high school aged Westfield residents.

  • Gift card prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. 

  • The top 25 cartoons will be displayed at the James Ward Mansion.

  • All submissions must be no larger than 11” X 8”

  • Color or black & white submissions are acceptable. 

  • Submissions must be received no later than Thursday, October 3.

  • Submissions must be mailed, or dropped off in person (weekdays between 10 AM - 4 PM), through Thursday, October 3 to: Addams Cartoon Contest, ℅ Department of Recreation, Town of Westfield, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ.


  • Felipe Galindo, New Yorker Cartoonist

  • Linda Davis, Addams biographer and author of Chas Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life

  • Ricardo Roig, Westfield-based artist and muralist 

  • Ron Maccloskey, Charles Addams historian

Top 25 submissions will be displayed in a joint exhibit with original Charles Addams artwork from October 15-23 at the James Ward Mansion, with an opening reception to be held 

on October 15.


Charles Addams 1929 Westfield Yearbook Entry

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