AddamsFest: Westfield Celebrates Charles Addams

Born in Westfield, NJ in 1912, Charles Addams was one of America’s greatest cartoonists. His most well-known creation, The Addams Family, grew from an assortment of cartoons into a celebrated televisions series, a movie franchise, a Broadway musical, and, coming in 2019, a highly anticipated animated motion picture. Westfield’s AddamsFest celebrates this prolific talent and the hometown that inspired those creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky (and all together ooky) characters.

Sunday, October 28

Westfield High School Charles Addams Cartoon Contest Exhibit

Westfield Town Hall 425 East Broad Street

FREE

11 AM – 5 PM

Celebrating Charles Addams’ success as a Westfield High School alumnus, Westfield High School students created “Addamseque” cartoon for judging representatives from Esquire Magazine, New Yorker and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (Addams’ alma mater). 

Charles Addams Art Exhibit

Suggested donation, $5-10 per person

12:00 PM – 8:30 PM

James Ward Mansion

169 East Broad Street

Sponsored, in part, by Anthony James Construction

Featuring 40 handpicked original drawings, cartoons and personal photographs, the collection features classic Addams Family pieces while brimming with hints of Westfield and highlighting Addams’ love of New York City. The exhibit will feature the unveiling of the newly discovered Charles Addams artwork found on the second floor of a barn in Westfield.

 

Gomez’s Lecture Series

FREE

The Chas Addams Workshop by New Yorker Cartoonist Felipe Galindo

Sunday, October 28 at 11:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street

This family-oriented workshop will talk about Chas Addams from a cartoonist’s point of view. New Yorker cartoonist Felipe Galindo (aka Feggo) will share stories and then lead a hands-on cartoon activity showing the audience how to draw their own cartoons.

Morticia’s Movies

The Addams Family                                                                     

11:00 AM – Special Sensory Showing

Rialto Movie Theater

250 East Broad Street

Sponsored by Havens Savings Bank

Presented in a lights up, sound down environment, Sensory Friendly screenings are suitable for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with whom the environment is suitable, along with their families. The Rialto party room will feature crafts for children in need of respite during the screening.

The Optimist Club of Westfield’s Annual Halloween Parade and

The Downtown Westfield Corporation’s Costume Contest

FREE

Sunday, October 28

Festivities begin at 1:30

Parade begins at 2:00

South Avenue Train Station Parking Lot

327 South Avenue

Hosted by The Optimist Club of Westfield and the Downtown Westfield Corporation

A timeless Westfield tradition with an AddamsFest twist!  The Westfield Optimist Club’s Halloween Parade draws thousands of participants annually. This year the parade will welcome visitors to the South Side of town and feature even more prizes and fun! The Downtown Westfield Corporation will distribute prizes for a variety of Halloween and Charles Addams-themed categories.

Pugsley’s Trunk or Treat

FREE

Sunday, October 28

2:30 - 4:00

South Avenue Train Station Parking Lot

327 South Avenue

Sponsored by Overlook Hospital Atlantic Health Systems

The party is just getting started when the Halloween Parade ends. The South Avenue train station becomes Halloween trick or treating central with the NEW Pugsley’s Trunk or Treat.  Prizes will be distributed for best car decorations and an allergy-free zone will be available for trick or treaters with allergies.

AddamsFest is sponsored by Columbia Bank, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center. TAPinto Westfield is the official media sponsor of AddamsFest.

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