Getting into the Halloween spirit

Saturday was an ideal day for the outside window painter. The weather was warm and sunny and lines of excited and enthusiastic young people waited as Optimists passed out gallons of paint next to Village Hardware, Empower Bank, Key Bank, Nobles Mall and Smokey Hollow Mall. Three hundred student artists, supervised by an adult, climbed on stepstools while they balanced paint and brushes and created their Halloween Window art. The Optimist Club of Baldwinsville encourages residents to travel around the business district and enjoy the Halloween Paintings drawn on merchant's windows by our community's school children.

In years past, many villages were decorated with Halloween pictures, but Baldwinsville is one of the few remaining towns now where local artists cover business windows with Halloween paintings. The Optimist Club of Baldwinsville has organized the window painting activity for at least 34 years.

"I used to do this when I was a kid. It was so much fun to look forward to painting windows at Halloween time," a participant in her 50's recalled. "I'm so glad the Optimist Club still does this so my kids can paint on the windows at Halloween time."

"The window painting is a nice activity because young people have an opportunity to put their art work out there where people can enjoy it," said Ron Rumpf, former president of the Optimist Club. "At the same time it is an opportunity for the kids to interact with local business owners."

More than 300 children from the Baldwinsville schools, from fourth grade up, covered 195 Baldwinsville business windows with pictures of pumpkins, ghosts, broomsticks, hobgoblins and graveyards.

"This is a mammoth project," said Optimist President Susan Ranous. "It requires a lot of effort, gallons of paint, hours of planning and is successful only because so many of our Optimist members volunteer hours of their time on this activity."

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