(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- Westfield resident Peter Lyons has been invited to read his recently released children’s picture book Tonight, Tonight is Halloween at the annual AddamsFest celebration, which has events throughout October. In addition to his book being read aloud in Downtown Westfield, life-size cutouts of several of the characters from his book will be posted around Foundation Park on South Ave.
“Addamsfest was created to celebrate a local icon, engage the community and elevate the arts,” said Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, Addamsfest Chairperson and Creative Director. “Having a local resident author who wrote a children's picture book is a perfect example of how this October festival is for the community, by the community. We are thankful for Peter Lyons' generosity by sharing his talents and love of Halloween.”
Lyons resides in Westfield with his two children. The idea for Tonight, Tonight is Halloween came to Lyons about 20 years ago when he passed two people on a Manhattan street who were dressed as a werewolf and an ape. He quickly wrote down the poem that formed in his mind and saved it on a computer. Over the years he added to the poem, but it wasn’t until he married his wife Yun that he began to take the poem seriously. Yun was a big fan of Halloween and she encouraged him to read it to the schoolchildren at Parents’ Day, and to one day make it into a book.
Sadly, three years ago Yun passed away from cancer. In his wife’s honor Lyons pledged to finish the poem and turn it into a picture book. He collaborated with a high school friend who is a professional artist (Palmer Murphy) and recently completed it. “I thought it was important to the kids that I finish the book,” said Lyons. “And when I see Yun again and she asks me how I spent my time after she left, I want to be able to show her the completed book.”