Top 25 Submissions to be Displayed in Joint Exhibit With Original Charles Addams Artwork

WESTFIELD, NJ – 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.

As part of the Town’s upcoming AddamsFest, Westfield middle and high school students now have the chance to display their own Addams-inspired cartoon alongside some Addams originals.

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“We’re thrilled to bring the contest back this year in an expanded and re-imagined way,” said Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, Chairperson of AddamsFest. “With entries now open to all high school and middle school students, we are so excited to see what the young talent in Westfield will create in the spirit of WHS alum Charles Addams.”

Mackey notes that the top 25 submissions will be part of The Chas Addams & Friends Art Exhibit at the James Ward Mansion from Oct. 15-23, which will also include some of Addams’ original works not seen in last year’s exhibit. Back this year, by popular demand, will be “Dudley,” the life-sized Addams original, drawn during his Westfield childhood, which spent almost a hundred years on the second floor of a barn on East Dudley Avenue.

Judging this year’s entries will be 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; and Ron MacCloskey, Charles Addams historian. Gift card prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 27. For rules, submission instructions and additional details, visit

AddamsFest is a town-wide celebration, honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his penchant for the macabre. This destination event of the season will take place throughout October and includes family-friendly events, lectures, exhibits, and more. AddamsFest is sponsored by the Westfield Education Association, The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and Overlook Medical Center and Atlantic Medical Group. For more information, visit, or follow along on Facebook and Instagram (@addamsfest).