Students Revive Tradition From 1950s On Reisterstown Main Street


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REISTERSTOWN - An old tradition has returned to Reisterstown! You may notice some newly painted windows around Reisterstown this week, marking the return of a tradition not seen since the 1950s.

Students from Franklin High School are painting storefront windows across downtown Reisterstown as part of a collaboration with Reisterstown Main Street. According to Crystal Micriotti, manager of Reisterstown Main Street, this tradition dates to the 1950s.

"The students would have a contest, and the best designs would get picked, and they would go up and down the main street and paint the businesses for a spooky Halloween walk."

Franklin High School National Arts Honors Society members volunteered to spend their afternoon helping make downtown Reisterstown more picturesque. The Halloween-themed designs included depictions of ghosts, pumpkins, and other spooky paraphernalia.

Micriotti says these windows are the first step in reviving downtown Reisterstown, and she hopes to continue this tradition in the years to come.

"It promotes local business and gets the kids connected to their main street; we are reviving a tradition that was so fondly thought about and hasn't been done in 50 years."

You can see the newly painted windows at the Baltimore T-Shirt company, Reisterstown Main Street's Welcome Center building, and Vintage Chic, all on Main Street.

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