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Youngsters Paint the Town Scary in Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest

Winners of the 24th annual Boulevard Halloween Window Painting Contest pose with John Kosakowski outside O'Shea's Florist. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A student shows her artwork. Credits: Tiffany Connelly
A young student is proud of his creative design. Credits: Kristin mazza
Friends gathered for window painting. Credits: Lisa Castellano
Girls preparing for the annual window painting contest. Credits: Lisa Castellano
Young artists show off their masterpieces. Credits: Lisa Castellano
A young artist in action. Credits: Cris Deguzman
He strikes a pose in front of his finished work. Credits: Cris Deguzman
An artist puts the finishing touches on his work. Credits: Angela Munoz
Children proudly show the final work. Credits: Angela Munoz
Friends pose while a Minion photobombs. Credits: Angela Munoz
A young artist works to finish her window painting. Credits: Meredith Wutz-Torres
A young girl works with a blue and purple pallet. Credits: Jeff Haines
An artist displays her blue ribbon for the Halloween Window Painting contest. Credits: Samantha L. Guida
A young artist works on a festive fall theme with pumpkins and leaves. Credits: Meredith Wutz-Torres
Be ware of the Eye Phone. Credits: Jeff Haines
The painting will certainly be 'boo-tiful.' Credits: Jeanine Sickels

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:


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