Something for everyone at weekend-long festivities; offerings include family activities, art exhibit, films, beer garden, trunk-or-treat, masquerade ball and more. For tickets and more event details, visit www.addamsFest.com/schedule.
WESTFIELD, NJ – AddamsFest is fast approaching! The town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams, to be held October 26-28, has a full schedule of events available – and there’s something for everyone.
In fact, Westfield residents can start getting in the spirit of the event in early October with events like The Addams Family House on Mindowaskin Lake, The Wicked Windows of Westfield in Downtown store fronts, the Haunt Your House home decorating contest, the Westfield High School Charles Addams Cartoon Contest, and the highly anticipated Charles Addams art exhibit (which runs October 22-30).
The main event kicks off on October 26 in high style, with Morticia and Gomez’s Masquerade Ball at The James Ward Mansion. After walking the purple carpet, guests will feast on Charles Addams-inspired gourmet fare, sip smoldering libations and dance the night away in the incomparable James Ward Mansion. Due to the anticipated demand, tickets will be sold in three batches on the AddamsFest website (www.addamsfest.com) on the following dates, on first come, first serve basis: Wednesday, September 26 at 10:00am; Sunday, September 30 at 5:00pm; and Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00pm. The price is $125 per ticket, with a limit of four tickets per person.
On October 27, the festival will officially get underway with the opening ceremony at the Mindowaskin Park Bandstand at 10:30, which will include remarks from Mayor Brindle and the presentation of the Skeleton Key to the City to a deserving individual. Winners of the Westfield High School’s Charles Addams Cartoon Contest will also be announced.
Following the ceremony, the festival will be in full swing with the following activities:
- The Addams Family Fun Zone: 11:00am – 2:00pm, Mindowaskin Park
Sponsored by the Westfield Educators Association
- Gomez’s Lecture Series: Varying times throughout the weekend
The Life of Charles Addams, by Addams Enthusiast Ron MacCloskey
The Lighter Side of Darkness: A conversation about the Addams aesthetic
The Chas Addams Family Workshop, by New Yorker Cartoonist Felipe Galindo
The Chas Addams Tour, hosted by the Westfield Historical Society
- Morticia’s Movies: Rialto Movie Theater, times vary
Sponsored by Havens Savings Bank, screenings will include The Addams Family and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Advance ticket purchase is required, and will be available on the AddamsFest website in the upcoming weeks.
- “Chill” on Quimby and Elm Streets: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sponsored by Columbia Bank and inspired by Charles Addams’ high school nickname, “Chil,” Quimby and Elm Streets will do just that -- with live music, games of giant chess, street performers, and an unforgettable demonstration by the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers (www.maniacpumpkincarvers.com).
- Charlie’s Ale Garden: 5:00 – 11:00pm, Quimby and Elm Streets
Sponsored by Harvest Restaurant Group, parent company of Addams Tavern
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. Tickets are now available on the AddamsFest website.
- Paranormal Investigations at the Westfield Historical Society’s Reeve House: 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm. Advance ticket purchase is required, and will be available on the AddamsFest website in the upcoming weeks.
On Sunday, the fun continues, with more of Morticia’s Movies and Gomez’s Lecture Series throughout the day. In addition, participants are invited to attend the continuation of a Westfield tradition with an AddamsFest twist! The Optimist Club of Westfield’s Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest will welcome visitors to a new location this year, at the South Avenue train station, beginning at 1:30, and featuring even more prizes and fun. The Downtown Westfield Corporation’s costume contest will follow shortly afterwards, along with a new event: Pugsley’s Trunk or Treat. The South Avenue train station becomes Halloween trick-or-treating central, with prizes distributed for best car decorations. The parade, costume contest and trunk-or-treating are open to anyone, but advance registration is required for cars participating in the trunk-or-treat candy distribution. Additional details will be provided on the AddamsFest website in the upcoming weeks.
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AddamsFest is a new town-wide celebration, honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his penchant for the macabre. This destination event of the season will take place October 26-28 and includes family-friendly events, lectures, exhibits, and film screenings. For more information, visit www.addamsfest.com, or follow along on Facebook (www.facebook.com/addamsfest).