The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is seeking store fronts and window painters for its annual townwide Halloween Window Painting Contest.

The event will be held on Saturday Oct. 18. Children of all ages can put their artistic skills to work on merchant store-front windows to create the spookiest and/or best Halloween-themed painting, the chamber said.

"This is a fun event to bring the community together, culminating with the great Halloween parade down Main Street," said Matthew Mandell, chamber executive director. "What better way to get people in the spooky mood, than to have our kids decorate our town."

Students -- either individuals or groups -- can compete in three age groups: elementary school, middle school and high school. Prizes will be awarded for spookiest and for best Halloween theme.

After painting is completed Saturday, judging will take place over the following few days, the chamber said. The six winners will receive a $25 gift certificate from one of the participating merchants.

Last year, 40 windows were painted, and the chamber said its goal this year is for merchants to volunteer a total of more than 40 windows.\

"We have a great history of artists in Westport" said Betsy Pollack editor of Our Town Crier and a judge in the event. "This event allows kids to show off their talent and gets the community out to see all the great works."

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