Once again this Halloween, Sayville art students have painted the town.

Each October, the students are invited by the Kiwanis Club to create Halloween-themed window paintings on storefront windows in downtown Sayville. To keep the tradition going during the pandemic, the participants wore masks and practiced social-distancing.

Look below for great photos of the event.

“We did have to make changes to help keep our students safe this year,” said Sayville Art Department Chairperson Deb Urso. “At the High School, we were able to run it as a club activity through Art Club and National Art Honor Society.

“Students were excited to be able to continue this tradition,” she continued. “They were honored to be able to help our community using their artistic talents.”

The imaginative display encourages foot traffic throughout the town and in turn helps boost Sayville’s amazing local businesses.

“Some changes this year were that we did it over two days in small cohorts. At each store we only painted one window,” Urso said. “We also prepackaged all supplies and pre-poured all the paint into individual cups.”

Urso noted plenty of hand sanitizer was on hand, and that the group made sure to space out the windows they painted, in order to keep the high school artists spaced at least six feet apart.

Urso praised the Kiwanis Club for helping ordering supplies and alerting the stores that the art students would be in town.

“There have been so many things we lost due to COVID-19,” Urso said. “Thank goodness, with some modifications and adjustments, we were able to do this wonderful event for our students and community.”

Here are some photos of the annual tradition. Be sure to click on boxes 2 and 3 to see them all: