Kids and teens from across Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights packed their paintbrushes and went to work Tuesday morning, October 25, ready to paint the town red, black, orange and more as part of the 64th Annual Halloween Art Contest.
The event — hosted yearly by the Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC) — sees students from elementary school through high school hitting the pavement and painting seasonal scenes on the windows of local businesses.
From restaurants and supermarkets to banks and even the offices of some elected officials, neighborhood businesses of all kinds are happy to serve as canvases for the annual paint-off.
“I woke up so excited this morning,” said Lauren Silverman, a senior at Fontbonne Hall Academy who joined her classmates in working on the windows of this paper’s office. “I normally work with colored pencils, but it’s really fun to try something new.”
Silverman — one of 15 seniors participating from Fontbonne — wasn’t the only one trying something new.
“This is my first year at Fontbonne, so it’s also my first year being a part of this contest,” said Silverman’s teacher, Lauren Gueli. “It’s so exciting. I’m so happy to see these girls getting to work outside of the classroom, which is something I’ve been trying to incorporate more of. I want to see these girls get involved with the community, and I think this is the perfect beginning.”
Later in the season, those students will be honored for their participation and hard work during a followup awards ceremony. Winners will be announced at the BRCC meeting on Tuesday, November 22 at Fort Hamilton High School.