GET CREATIVE! Halloween Art Scene to work its magic along State and Sycamore streets in Newtown

During last year's event, Marie Larounis of Girl Scout Troop 2556 in Newtown creates a bewitching scene on the front windows at Starbucks. Also helping, but not pictured, were Nicole McNamara and Karen Kraft.

NEWTOWN >> Newtown is once again celebrating Halloween in artistic fashion. Saturday October 22nd is the Newtown Halloween Art Scene, on State Street in the borough and Sycamore Street and some of the shopping areas in the township.

The Newtown tradition of painting State Street store windows with Halloween scenes dates back to the 1950s. The practice lapsed for a while after the turn of this century, but some Newtown businesspeople started it back up in 2009. Two local artists and residents, Jackie Kaizar and Karen Lawler, participated in that window painting and offered to help expand the event the following year. And the Newtown Halloween Art Scene has grown and expanded every year since!

“Our kids painted windows in the 70s, we painted windows and now our grandkids are painting windows,” said Jackie Kaizar. “It’s awesome to see the tradition continue and it’s so fun to see other artists and families get involved every year.”

Hundreds of families and children have participated since the Halloween Art Scene brought back window painting. This year the organizers are hoping to attract more adult artists to join the party. “This is a great chance for adult artists to show their talents and enhance our event a little more,” said Becky Betz of Becky’s Newtown Deli, one of the Halloween committee members.

Area artists of all ages are encouraged to check out the new website, Newtownhalloween.org. Information on all the events is available there, as well as downloadable registration forms.

Last year was the second year for the Frankenweenie Pet Parade, with double the participants of the first year! Dog owners with well behaved pups are encouraged to sign up, dress up their pets and join the fun.

Cupcake Wars will continue this year, with two categories: children 15 and under and adults. Organizer Linda Welles is looking for some adult bakers to step up to the plate and join the competition. She is joined by new committee member Jason Khaytin. The 17 year old is a past contestant on Chopped Junior, where he was runner up. The winning cupcakes will be featured at Caketeria! on Washington Ave the following week.

Check out the photos of past Art Scenes on the Newtownhalloween.org website and download your registration form today!

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