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‘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?

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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.

Local Downtown Businesses Participating in AddamsFest (with Spooky Promotions) include:

Adlers Jewelers – Offering Grandmama’s spooky treats and smoky drinks from the cauldron while you shop. 217 North Ave. W., 908.233.6900.

Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery – Brewing “Morticia’s blend”, a coffee beverage, all weekend long. We can’t stay it’s scary, but it certainly is dark….. 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977.

American Shoe Repair & Luggage - Mention AddamsFest for 25% of all regularly priced items in the store! 126 E. Broad St., 908.232.9522.

The Bar Method - Come 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. 105 Elm St., 2nd floor, 908.232.0746.

Blende Beauty – Offering “Morticia Makovers” for $45!  Plus, spooky Addams character lip glosses -- Morbidly Morticia and Wicked Wednesday – each $20! 106 Elm St., 908.588.2094.

Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique – Enjoy 30% off + $10 off any purchase of $50 or more by mentioning AddamsFest. 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393.

Brunner Opticians – Enjoy 20% off designer glasses & sunglasses, plus 50% off on specially marked sunglasses. 100 E. Broad St., 908.232.8182.

Chill Cryotherapy – 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!) 327 South Ave. W., 908.228.5711.  

CrossFit 908 Central - Mention AddamsFest for a FREE one hour fitness consultation! 260 North Ave. E., 908.347.6812.

Evalyn Dunn Gallery – Stop in to see Charles Addams artwork – framed prints by Charles Addams for sale.  They also have an assortment of spooky frames on sale. 549 South Ave. W., 908.232.0412.

Just Bead Yourself - 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. 113 Central Ave., 908.232.3411.

Juxtapose Gallery - 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. 58 Elm St., 908.232.3278.

NJ Workshop for the Arts - In-store drawing to win a DVD movie of The Addams Family! Stop in to enter. 152 E. Broad St., 908.789.9696.

Ono Bowls – 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… 107 Quimby St., 908.588.2087.

Patricia & Paul – Offering grab-and-go salads (made in conjunction with Vine Ripe) and delicious dressing for take-out. Plus, buy 3 get 1 free on all olive oils and balsamics. 20 Elm St., 908.232.3866.

Savory Spice Shop – Stop in for spooky samples & cider! 138 E. Broad St., 908.264.8947.

Tamar Jewelry 25% off all jewelry for the entire weekend in celebration of AddamsFest, October 26-28. 55 Elm St., 908.317.0180.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming - Sponsoring and MC’ing the Howl-o-Ween Dog Costume Contest as part of AddamsFest! Join the fun Saturday, 10/27 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. 218 E. Broad St., 908.264.7452.


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.