GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Children all around Greenburgh are getting their jackets and paintbrushes ready for the weekend.
The Greenburgh Parks and Recreation Department has once again teamed up with the Hartsdale Kiwanis Club for the annual Halloween window-painting contest. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, children age 5 through 12 in Edgemont, Ardsley and Greenburgh Central 7 schools will showcase their spookiest Halloween paintings on local businesses.
"Halloween has become the major holiday of the year for young kids," said Claudia White, a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club. "This event has swelled with anticipation over the last few years. The kids seem to love it."
More than 75 children are registered for this year's event, said Keith Wright of the Parks and Recreation Department. Each child is set up with window space on participating businesses, and ribbons are awarded in different categories like Scariest and Funniest, he said. Registration for the event is closed.
All of the registration fees will be donated back into the community through the Kiwanis Club, White said. In past years, proceeds have gone toward purchasing emergency service vehicles and trauma kits for the town. White said the club hasn't decided where it will donate this year's proceeds yet, but a portion will go into the Thanksgiving baskets the club puts together for needy families every year.
Though the Hartsdale contest is not a large as the annual Scarsdale window-painting contest, White said it gives Greenburgh students the chance to participate in an event with their local community.
"Parents are looking for more and more activities for the kids to participate in," she said.