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!
The weather and spirits were on the side of all the good ghouls who came to the grounds of Forrestdale School for Rumson’s Halloween parading and festivities.
Hundreds of costumed kids and families gathered for games, goodies and socializing.
Take a look (And don’t forget to click to enlarge!) … Oh, and Happy Halloween!
— Elaine Van Develde
Fall is in the air. The weather is forecasted to be quite fine for the weekend, and there’s plenty going on.
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.
The weather has once again put the kibosh on the Fair Haven Trucktoberfest.
The event that was rescheduled for today from the previous Saturday has, once again, been put off for another week, due to the uncooperative weather.
“MOTHER NATURE IS NOT WITH US TODAY,” announced Susan Sorensen, councilwoman, event coordinator and Foundation of Fair Haven chair. ” … and with the rain – then high winds we truly have to postpone.”
So, the event is set for next Saturday, Oct. 29, but earlier — from noon to 7 p.m. this time.
“We realize that many of you have Halloween Parties to go to – and we hope that you will join us earlier in the day to help support future Fair Haven Days – and enjoy another fun community event,” Sorensen said in her announcement on Facebook. ”
She added that “many of the food truck vendors have already confirmed they are in, as well as many of the additional vendors. We are working on the Band line up as well.
“We are going to also incorporate a Halloween aspect – where the vendors will allow trick or treating at their sites.”
Specifics on those additional Halloween-themed plans will be announced as they come together as will vendor and band confirmations.
In addition, due to the weather, the Halloween Egg Hunt has also been postponed to next week.
It’s in the air. Halloween.
That means it’s about that time that people start planning their costumes — or not.
At RFH, oh so many bewitching moons ago, there was a lot of planning going on to celebrate the season. Halloween was a full-day of tricking, treating and staying in costumed character in the high schools hallowed halls.
So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day is an ode to the camaraderie celebrated within a gaggle of girls all for the sake of friendship and a just plain fun full day of RFH Halloween.
Some of these costumes may not pass muster in the guarded school daze of today. Which ones do you think those might be? Then again … Recognize any of these good ghouls? OK, who’s the ghost?
Scared o’ them!
— Elaine Van Develde
Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for this peek back in RFH time!