HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- It's an annual autumn ritual in Hasbrouck Heights: the Boulevard Window Painting Contest. 

John Kosakowski, owner of O'Shea's Florist, event sponsor, observed that it has become an important event that the young students look forward to.

"It's almost like the first day of school," he said. "When's the window painting?!"

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This year more than 400 students participated in the 24th annual contest. Open to third, fourth and fifth graders from Lincoln School, Euclid School and Corpus Christi School. the students painted the town with Halloween-themed pictures from scary to humorous on the windows of businesses along the Boulevard and Williams Avenue. They were judged in one of three categories: Humor, Content, and Composition. Each grade receives a First, Second and Third in each of the three categories.

Kosakowski said he was grateful for the assistance of Euclid and Lincoln Schools' PTAs and Corpus Christi's Home School Association, as well as the 80 businesses that welcome the students, and their parents.

PARENTS: Did your child partcipate in this year's Window Painting Contest? Email a photo of your child with their painting and we'll include in the photos. Email: farmonaitis@tapinto.net