AddamsFest: Westfield Celebrates Charles Addams

UPDATE: The opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m., the Addams Family Fun Zone from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m., Chill on Quimby from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Charlie’s Ale Garden (now also known as Charlie’s Ale Hall) from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. will all be held at the Westfield Armory at 500 Rahway Avenue. The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at 3 p.m. has been moved to Woofgang Bakery and Grooming at 218 East Broad St. downtown. 

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.

Saturday, October 27

Westfield High School Charles Addams Cartoon Contest Exhibit

Westfield Town Hall 425 East Broad Street


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.

The Addams Family Fun Zone


Saturday, October 27

10:00 AM Adaptive Needs Zone opens, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders

10:30 Opening Ceremony

11 AM - 2 PM  Addams Family Fun Zone

Mindowaskin Park

385 East Broad Street

Sponsored by the Westfield Educators Association

Have a little Pugsley or Wednesday in your family? Head on over to Mindowaskin Park!  This free event kicks off with a special play zone for the adaptive needs community at 10 AM. The official kick off ceremony includes awards to the winners of the Westfield High School’s Charles Addams Cartoon Contest and the presentation of the Skeleton Key to the City to a deserving individual. Families will get ooky and spooky at the Addams Family Fun Zone as they participate in a variety of activities including face painting, magicians, character visits and a Monster Mash Dance party they will never forget.

Gomez’s Lecture Series


The Life of Charles Addams by Addams Enthusiast, Ron MacCloskey

Saturday, October 27 at 11:30 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street

A lifetime fan of Addams, Ron MacCloskey will discuss the life of Charles Addams, including how his Addams Family characters evolved from a cartoon, to a TV show, and then a film and Broadway Musical a musical.


Gomez’s Lecture Series


The Lighter Side of Darkness: a conversation about the Addams aesthetic

Saturday, October 27 at 2 PM

Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street

Join our moderator, artists Pat Brentano Bramnick, in a panel discussion about Addams and how we all use humor to shine a light into the dark corners of our minds. Panelists include Esquire Magazine Cartoon & Humor Editor Bob Mankoff, University of Pennsylvania School of Design Senior Lecturer David Comberg, and Artist & Psychologist Gail Winbury.


Gomez’s Lecture Series

The Chas Addams Tour, hosted by the Westfield Historical Society

Saturday, October 27, 4 PM

Tour begins at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield Cemetery, 140 Mountain Avenue

Join local architect Greg Blasi on a walking tour past Charles Addams’ home, his favorite haunts, and the house said to have inspired his Addams Family creations. 

Morticia’s Movies

Rialto Movie Theater

250 East Broad Street

Sponsored by Havens Savings Bank

Featured in several of Addams’ cartoons, the Rialto theatre hosts The Addams Family movie and The Rocky Horror Picture Show events all weekend.


The Addams Family                                                                       

October 27 at 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM*                                   

*10/27 2:00 PM showing will be closed captioned for the hearing impaired


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

October 27 at 10:00 PM and 12:00 AM


“Chill” on Quimby and Elm Streets


Saturday, October 27, 11 AM - 5 PM

Sponsored by Columbia Bank

Inspired by Charles Addams’ high school nickname, “Chil,” Quimby and Elm Street will do just that. Come for a relaxing outdoor respite from the weekend’s activities, listen to live music, play a game of giant chess, enjoy the street performers, witness an incredible pumpkin carving demonstration by the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers and dine al fresco on local fare from Westfield’s restaurants. 


Charlie’s Ale Garden

Saturday October 27, 5 - 11 PM

Quimby and Elm Streets

Sponsored by Harvest Restaurant Group

Friends and neighbors will gather under the stars to enjoy a special Addams Ale as Quimby and Elm Streets are transformed into a gathering place where memories are made as music fills the streets and local restaurants highlight their festival specialties. 


Paranormal Investigations at the Reeve House

The Historic Reeve House

314 Mountain Avenue

Saturday, October 27

Three events: 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM, and 8:30 PM. Arrive 15 minutes before start for check-in

Are there ghosts in Westfield? Walk through the house with New Jersey Paranormal experts to find out!

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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UPDATE: The opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m., the Addams Family Fun Zone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chill on Quimby from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Charlie’s Ale Garden (now also known as Charlie’s Ale Hall) from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. will all be held at the Westfield Armory at 500 Rahway Avenue. The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at 3 p.m. has been moved to Woofgang Bakery and Grooming at 218 ...

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