One town in New Jersey was selected as particularly “scary”; Westfield, the home of the annual Adamsfest, was named to the list compiled by Woman’s Day magazine.

Addamsfest celebrates native son Charles Addams, creator of “The Addams Family”. As reported by Go to Westfield, “Each year, residents do their utmost to bring his creations to life through AddamsFest,” says the magazine. Must-sees include themed pumpkins, a 13-foot replica of the TV family’s house floating on a lake, and exhibits of Addams’s work, including a life-size skeleton he drew on a barn wall. during teenagehood. “

This year marks the fourth year of Addsfest, with activities taking place throughout October, including Morticia and Gomez’s masked ball on October 1. Complements: The art of Charles Addams and Suzanne Heilmann: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 8. – October 31 at the Rialto Theater, Wicked Windows, the Haunt Your House contest and the Gomez talk series.

There are various stories about Addam’s childhood in Westfield; at least one account says he was caught breaking into a house in Westfield that inspired the Addams family mansion, but other versions say it was a house on the University of Pennsylvania campus, where Addams went to school. One of his first forays into comics was drawing for his school newspaper at Westfield High School.

He began writing for The New Yorker in 1932 and drew his first Addams Family cartoon in 1937 and continued the series until his death on September 29, 1988. In the early 1960s, Addams was approached for authorize its creation for the production of an action film. family based television series; in order for that to happen, he had to name the characters (which they didn’t have in the cartoons) and flesh out their personalities.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.

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