‘AddamsFest’, Celebrating Westfield Native Charles Addams and His Creations, is coming to Westfield October 26-28
It’s creepy and it’s kooky. It’s taking over Westfield for 3 days from October 26 to 28, 2018. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield NJ native Charles Addams and his penchant for the macabre, will prove to be the destination event of the season with family-friendly events, lectures, exhibits, and film screenings.
Born in 1912 and raised in Westfield, Charles Addams was one of the country’s premier cartoonists, with his work prominently featured in The New Yorker. His most successful creation, The Addams Family, was inspired by his surroundings in Westfield. The characters that began as illustrations grew into a television series, a live action movie franchise, a Broadway musical, and a highly anticipated Addams Family animated movie (coming in late 2019). What better place to honor Addams’ talent and creativity than the town where he grew up?
For details, schedule of events and tickets, visit www.addamsfest.com.
Some festival highlights include:
- Family-friendly events such as Pugsley's Trunk-or-Treat and Addams Family Fun Zone
- Lectures and Art Exhibits featuring Charles Addams’ work spanning his career at The New Yorker and as the creator of The Addams Family
- Screenings of the original Addams Family movie and The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Westfield’s New Vision Rialto Theater
- Morticia’s Masquerade Ball in Westfield’s James Ward Mansion
- Charlie's Ale Garden on Elm & Quimby Streets with special food and beverage offerings from Westfield’s restaurants
”AddamsFest will be an exciting celebration of a great local talent and the town that inspired his work,” said Shelley Brindle, Mayor of Westfield. “The festival promises to be a signature destination event that celebrates our unique and rich history while delivering on our commitment to increase community engagement and support our downtown businesses.” If successful, it could become an annual event that grows each year.
Adlers Jewelers 217 North Ave. W., 908.233.6900
Offering Grandmama’s spooky treats and smoky drinks from the cauldron while you shop.
Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977
Brewing “Morticia’s blend”, a coffee beverage, all weekend long. We can’t say this blend is scary, but it is quite D A A R K!
American Shoe Repair & Luggage 126 E. Broad St., 908.232.9522
Mention AddamsFest for 25% of all regularly priced items in the store!
AR Workshop 226 North Ave. W., 908.367.9054
Stop in for 20% off all retail, $5 make and take crafts, and Buy 2 Get 1 Free Gift Cards!
The Bar Method 105 Elm St., 2nd floor, 908.232.0746
Go do Bar before heading to the bar! Take a class at Bar Method before enjoying Charlie’s Ale Garden on Saturday during AddamsFest and get a FREE class if you call ahead and register. Saturday Morning classes are at 7:30am, 8:30am & 9:30am.
Blende 106 Elm St., 908.588.2094
Offering “Morticia Makeovers” for $45! Plus, character inspired lip glosses -- a vampy gloss for Morticia and a pale pearl gloss for Wednesday – each $20!
Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393
Enjoy 30% off retail + $10 gift certificate with any purchase of $50 or more by mentioning AddamsFest.
Brunner Opticians 100 E. Broad St., 908.232.8182
Enjoy 20% off designer glasses & sunglasses, plus 50% off on specially marked sunglasses.
Chill Cryotherapy 327 South Ave. W., 908.228.5711
Discounted Chills (in the cryotherapy machine, of course) of $35 for the duration of the FEST! Chill for $20 if you wear one of their Addams Family masks and post a photo on social media wearing it during cryotherapy. They are also offering a hangover special for the day AFTER the beer garden: $30 for whole body; $20 for local cryotherapy or CryoFacial (applied to the head, it’s GREAT for headache!)
Club Pilates 225 E. Broad St., 908.233.0950
Celebrate the Addams Family and join the Club Pilates Family with these special packages, available through 10/28: The Morticia - 10% off your first three months and waived enrollment fee; The Gomez - 3 drop in classes, waived enrollment fee, and free grip socks for $90 (savings of $45); The Wednesday - 20% off of all Club Pilates apparel.
CrossFit 908 Central 260 North Ave. E., 908.347.6812
Mention AddamsFest for a FREE one hour fitness consultation!
Evalyn Dunn Gallery 549 South Ave. W., 908.232.0412
Stop in to see Charles Addams artwork – framed prints by Charles Addams for sale. They also have an assortment of spooky frames on sale.
Just Bead Yourself 113 Central Ave., 908.232.3411
Design your own spooky jewelry for AddamsFest & Halloween. Choose from Bat Bangles, Ooky Earrings, Evil Eyeball Chokers: $15 for 1 item, $20 for 2. October 20-21 & October 27-28.
Juxtapose Gallery 58 Elm St., 908.232.3278
Juxtapose Gallery will host an Art Exhibit by Westfield artist Joanna M. Wezyk entitled “Ookie 2: NOT FROM THIS WORLD” an exhibit devoted and inspired by the kooky and spooky artwork of Charles Addams. A Meet the Artist Reception will be held Saturday, October 27 from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Live music and refreshments will be served at this family-friendly event. The show hangs until November 15.
Little Nest Portraits 109 Quimby St., 908.370.6143
Giving out FREE $50 gift cards toward a product purchase with your holiday photo session.
NJ Workshop for the Arts 152 E. Broad St., 908.789.9696
In-store drawing to win a DVD movie of The Addams Family! Stop in to enter.
NosVino 127 Central Ave., 908.232.5050
Stop in for tastings all weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and mention AddamsFest for discounts on select items.
Ono Bowls 107 Quimby St., 908.588.2087
Enjoy Acai Bowls with an edible ghoulish toppings bar! Plus try their Avocado Toast, which may or may not have been marinated in blood oatmeal and devils brew...
Patricia & Paul 20 Elm St., 908.232.3866
Buy 3 Get 1 Free on all olive oils and balsamics.
Savory Spice Shop 138 E. Broad St., 908.264.8947
Stop in for spooky samples & cider!
Tamar Jewelry 55 Elm St., 908.317.0180
25% off all jewelry for the entire weekend in celebration of AddamsFest, October 26-28.
The Farmhouse Store 221 E. Broad St., 908.654.0444
Pick up a set of Creepiest Coasters featuring commissioned photos of the Addams inspiration house and the Revolutionary Cemetery gravestones. Also featured for sale will be an Addams Family print by local graphic artist Ian Glaubinger.
The French Martini 41 Elm St., 917.532.5776
Offer 20% off all their one-of-a-kind vintage items for AddamsFest.
The Town Book Store 270 E. Broad St., 908.233.3535
Enter to win a copy of The Addams Family: An Evilution. This book is the first book to trace The Addams Family history, presenting more than 200 cartoons created by Charles Addams throughout his prolific career.
Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming 218 E. Broad St., 908.264.7452
Sponsoring and MC’ing the Howl-o-Ween Dog Costume Contest as part of AddamsFest! Join the fun Saturday, October 27 from 3–4pm on Elm St. Woof Gang is also judging the contest and giving prizes, plus offering 10% off all retail products in their store that day.
Restaurants Offering Special Menus During AddamsFest Include: Akai, Ambeli, Brick Oven, Casa di Pizza, Farinolio, Jersey Mike’s, Outta Hand Pizza, The Salad House, Spice Bazaar, Theresa’s.