The Newtown Halloween Art Scene event will be held Oct. 20 and organizers say they've added even more opportunities for residents to decorate the town.
The event began a few years ago with window painting along State and Sycamore streets. This year, organizers are expanding it to be a "creative festival," with activities like scarecrow making and a cupcake contest.
“This year the Halloween Art Scene looks to be what we envisioned when we got involved with it a few years ago,” said Jackie Kaizar, an event committee member. “The window painting, the cupcake wars and now scarecrows lining the streets -- it’s going to be a really fun day for all of Newtown.”
The Newtown Halloween Art Scene will begin at 9 a.m. Adults, families and groups are encouraged to sign up to decorate shop windows with family-friendly fall scenes. For a $5 fee, paint will be provided and a window assigned. (Requests for specific business’ windows will be honored on a first come, first served basis, according to organizers.)
Painters must bring their own brushes. All paintings should be completed by 2 p.m. that day. Artists under the age of 13 must have adult supervision at all times.
The Scarecrow Challenge, a new addition this year, will be an even more visible way to bring the Halloween spirit to Newtown, according to organizers.
Posts on which to build the scarecrows are available at Newtown Hardware House for $1.99 each. The contest is free to enter. Contestants must register by Oct. 13.
A “Cupcake Wars” contest was added to the Art Scene last year and will continue this year. Linda Welles, one of last year’s contestants, will conduct this year’s competition.
The winning cupcakes will be featured at Felix’s Caketeria for one day.
The First National Bank of Newtown will be the drop off location for the cupcake contest. Entries can be dropped off between 9 to 10:30 a.m. People can view the decorated cupcakes there prior to judging at 11:30 a.m.
Countryside Frames and Radhouse Studio will have face painting and a caricature artist in front of the store. Live music, sidewalk sales and a balloon artist will add to the festivities.
Volunteers are needed for the day. Anyone interested should contact Harry Betz at Newtown Bicycle Shop or Becky Betz at Becky’s Newtown Deli.
Click here to see photos from last year's event.