Newtown’s Halloween Scene Heats Up

Organizers of the Newtown Halloween Art Scene are stepping it up a notch this year and are looking forward to lots more community members becoming involved to decorate the town in new ways.

Formerly a window painting event, the fall shindig, scheduled for Saturday, October 20th , is expanding to a creative festival, including scarecrows to line the streets and a more elaborate version of last year’s Cupcake Wars joining the over one hundred people who participated in the window decorating on State and Sycamore Streets.

State Street businesses will be joining in the fun. Countryside Frames and Radhouse Studio, on the corner of State St. and Washington Ave, will have face painting and a caricature artist in front of their store. Live music and sidewalk sales will add to the festivities. A balloon artist will be available for kids taking part or observing the fun.

The Newtown Halloween Art Scene will be Saturday October 20th, beginning at 9 am. The window painting is a “for fun” event, to decorate the town. Adults, families and groups are encouraged to sign up. 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. The window painting is BYOB (bring your own brushes).

The Scarecrow Challenge, a new addition this year, will be an even more visible way to bring the Halloween spirit to Newtown. Adult and Family categories will give everyone a chance to join the fun. Posts to build the scarecrows on are available at Newtown Hardware House, they have plenty at $1.99 each. For larger scarecrows, two could be put together.

Cupcake Wars were added to the Art Scene last year, with great results. Linda Welles, one of last year’s contestants enthusiastically offered to conduct this year’s competition, so look for some new twists in this part of the event. The First National Bank of Newtown has agreed to allow their lobby to be used for a dropping off point and people can view the decorated cupcakes there prior to judging at 11:30 am.