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Optimists bring back popular Halloween window painting event Oct. 22

Last year's participants in the Baldwinsville Optimists' Halloween window painting event are busy at work decorating the downtown Baldwinsville business district for the spooky season.

Last year's participants in the Baldwinsville Optimists' Halloween window painting event are busy at work decorating the downtown Baldwinsville business district for the spooky season.

— The traditional, tricky treatment continues for Baldwinsville windows.

For more than 35 years, children have decorated business district windowpanes for the Halloween season. Thanks to the Baldwinsville Optimists Club, the custom returns with the help of the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce.

A cooperative effort of the Baldwinsville Optimist Club, local merchants, the Baldwinsville Central School System, the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Department (and its junior fire department), the children of the school system and their parents, this event has resulted in many pleasant childhood memories.

“Baldwinsville is a nice place to raise children and this event adds to people’s fond memories of growing up here,” said Optimist Bruce Haney.

Halloween Window Painting will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club will provide the paint for the children to use on the windows. However, participants need to bring brushes, paper towels, newspapers, masking tape, clean-up supplies and small containers in which to put the eight different colored paints. Since this is not a competitive event, families are welcome to help a child with her/his creative work. Parents are strongly encouraged to remain with their children and help them to clean up around their window, leaving the area as neat and clean as they found it.

To participate, children should pick up an application (available at all Baldwinsville elementary schools) during the week of Oct. 3, then return the applications between Oct. 12 to 14 to secure a window. Children may paint their windows as individuals or as a group (maximum of four). Participants will be assigned a window based on availability (which will be determined by the order in which applications are received) during the week of Oct. 17 to 21.

Merchant’s windows will be cleaned Saturday, Nov. 5.

Sharon Reiser, executive director of the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, and Optimist Joyce Ramseyer are working together to lead this project. The Optimists appreciate Sharon’s efforts along with those of Mayor Joe Saraceni to ensure window painting continues as a Baldwinsville tradition.

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