Remembering The Past: Happy Halloween

by Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY-In 1937, New Raritan Bar and Grill and Nite Club at 375-377 State St. featured Vaudeville Headliners in a Gala Halloween Show. There was smooth dancing and rapid-fire entertainment.

SOUTH AMBOY-On Friday, Oct. 24, 1947, St. Mary’s High School held their annual Sophomore Dance. Eddie Reseter and His Orchestra furnished the music for the Witches’ Dance. Each boaster received a Halloween tag in the form of a witch to wear as evidence of “school spirit.” The hall was decorated to express the Halloween theme.


The 1970 Halloween Parade, sponsored by the South Amboy Lion Club and the South Amboy Recreation Commission, was held on Oct. 31, instead of Oct. 25 due to inclement weather. The late Franklin English distributed prizes to the winners in front of the old City Hall on John St. Winners of the Lion Club picture painting contest were: St. Mary’s High School-Jacqueline Miller, Pam Paskovich and Gary Novek. Hoffman High School-Pattie Jorgensen, Esther Machat and Debbie Whitcomb. South Amboy Elementary School-Kevin Pillar, Robert Wistuba and Frank Jonason. St. Mary’s Grammar School-Irene Nealon, George Dahl and Monica Carter. Sacred Heart Grammar School-Susan Golmolka, Janet Zebro and Joseph Shea.

If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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