New Jersey October 26, 2018
This 3-Day Addams Family Themed Festival In New Jersey Will Make Your Halloween Spooky
Halloween is nearly here and New Jersey offers an abundance of ways to celebrate. We’ve got gorgeous
jack o’ lantern trails, one of the scariest haunted houses in the United States, and eerie villages with some real life (or death?) ghosts. What you may not know is that the Garden State is also the birthplace of the famed (and fictional) Addams Family. Charles Addams, the creator of the country’s spookiest, kookiest family is a New Jersey native. Originally a cartoon, many Addams Family scenes were straight out of Westfield – the Addams’ home was inspired by local architecture.
This year, the town of Westfield is celebrating Charles Addams’ legacy with their 3-day AddamsFest. You’ll find all sorts of activities ranging from the family friendly (a kids fun zone) to terrifically terrifying (paranormal investigations). Read on for all you need to know, and then make a plan to go!
There's something for everyone to enjoy, including plenty of indoor fun.
And, as AddamsFest recently announced, many outdoor activities can be brought indoors if necessary. So, what can you expect? As you can see in this photo, store windows throughout town will be painted as part of a "Wicked Windows" display. You'll find some spectacular creations.
Store windows won't be the only things decorated...
Many residents are taking part in the "Haunt Your House" decorating contest. Twenty-two homes will have over-the-top decorations that will certainly delight you.
The James Ward Mansion is sure to be spooky as well, all decked out for Morticia & Gomez's Masquerade Ball. Dine on gourmet fare served goth-style and dance the night away.
With all that's going on, you may want a little time to relax...
Head to the Chill Zone with giant chessboards, live music, street performers, pumpkin carving decorations, and more. If you're bringing kids, the Kid Zone is the place to be. You'll find face painting, a monster mash dance party, magicians, and more.
But that's not all, not nearly.
There will be movie screenings, a lecture series, walking tours, a cartoon contest, an art exhibit, trunk or treating at the train station, and an evening ale garden.
Finish off the celebration with paranormal investigations, a parade, or scenic stroll.
If you're more into the spooky than the kooky, walk through the historic Reeve House with experts in all things paranormal. If you're a fan of the kooky, check out the parade and costume contest or the "Floating Addams House" on Mindowaskin Pond.
For a schedule of events, local maps, and more information, check out the AddamsFest website
here. Whether you’re looking to learn more about the life and work of Charles Addams or want to meet actors from the film, this magnificent celebration has got you covered. What are you most looking forward to?