Downtown Monroe celebrates Halloween

Monroe. Monroe-Woodbury’s talented young artists give local businesses Halloween mover in anticipation of this Saturday’s Fall Festival.

| 20 Oct 2020 | 08:34

Local businesses got a Halloween-themed makeover last weekend, thanks to Monroe-Woodbury’s talented young artists.

Renderings of pumpkins, skeletons, witches and vampires abound in the downtown. Twenty students who are members of the National Art Honor Society participated in this event.

Halloween painting of the store windows on Lake Street in Monroe has been a long-time tradition.

“It is nice to have a bit of normalcy amidst the pandemic,” said Cristina Kiesel, chairperson of the Monroe Downtown Revitalization Committee, which co-sponsored the event.

Elizabeth Pesce, director of NAHS, thanked the Monroe Downtown Revitalization Committee volunteers for helping to make this another successful year.

“This group of students is an amazing group of motivated artists,” Pesce said. “Their creativity and effort will take them far in life, and watching them smile (even if it was through a mask,) was the best part. Bravo!”

Fall Festival this Saturday

The fall fun continues this weekend on Lake Street, with a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 8 p.m. There will be performances by United Martial Arts Center, Sheahan-Gormley School of Irish Dance, Andres Vahos’ percussion group “Game On,” and the Orange County School of Dance.

In addition to the outdoor dining, there will be a photo costume contest, and a haunted house cake raffle.

In the evening, downtown will be ablaze from 6 to 8 p.m. with carved pumpkins provided by the Monroe-Woodbury Girl Scouts.