With some chills, thrills, ghouls, goblins and festively costumed spirits of the night and day, the annual Fair Haven Egg Hunt and Halloween Parade set a seasonal tone on Sunday.
It’s a longstanding tradition — the Fair Haven Halloween Parade.
I remember it well — from my first parade trek back in the late 1960s to the ’70s, 80s, 90s and now.
It all started at age 7 with a wish to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That little dress-up fantasy was foiled when my mother couldn’t get the gingham outfit together, my pigtails were not so poised for the silver screen look and my sister refused to crawl down Hance Road as Toto. I guess it was bad enough that from the age of 3, she was forced by this pint-sized dominatrix 5-year-old Dorothy to crawl on a makeshift Funk and Wagnall’s encyclopedia Yellow Brick Road to Oz in the living room.
It’s that time of the year when the spirits of Halloween start haunting.
Sometimes it’s not just the spirit of the season. Sometimes we are haunted by good memories. The year was 1977. It was an RFH Halloween.
Seniors of the Class of ’78 were geared up for some ghostly fun. They gathered in the Senior Commons and paraded around, and, yes, out of the confines of the RFH campus.
So, we’ve explored old times, uniforms and players on the RFH baseball field and in the dugout.
Happy haunting Halloween from the RFH Class of ’78!
Who are those guys and ghouls?
Thanks to George Day for these timeless photos!
Well, scary season is upon us. I’m not talking about politics, I’m talking about Halloween.
RFHers have been celebrating Halloween for decades. It’s a tradition.
Today was the RFH Halloween parade, which is in the halls, on the grounds and sometimes spilling elsewhere.
So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day honors the RFH Halloween parade with a look back on one in the 1970s.
Recognize any of these guys and ghouls?
Thanks to George Day for this haunting look back at Halloween RFH style!
It wasn’t the Addams Family, but Sunday’s Fair Haven Halloween parade certainly brought out a lot of creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky friends and neighbors for a little marching and celebrating of the season of the witch, pumpkin, ghost and anything else of a fall haunting ilk.
It’s October. Scary season is setting in. People in the Rumson-Fair Haven area aren’t just out raking leaves, either. They’re haunting up their homes, crafting costumes and getting into the spirit. So, why not add a little extra retro spooking from RFH students of the past?
BOO who or what? It was all in the haunt for RFHers back in the 1970s. They started getting the Halloween party going early on and ended up with a pretty festive feast of ghouls on the grounds of the high school and, yes, beyond.
You could say a ghoulishly good time was had by all on Halloween in the Fair Haven schools.
The Oct. 31 fun began before the school day ended and trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods began.
Happy Halloween to all from the RFH Class of ’78!