Artist Recalls Rahway Halloweens Of The Past

PERRINEVILLE – Artist Lloyd Garrison evokes memories of days gone by with his paintings of Rahway and surrounding areas.

Garrison recalls Halloween in the 1960s, which he says was a special time to be a child. “The time started with Mischief Night and the next day we celebrated the holiday with getting into a costume and going around with friends and collecting a wide variety of candy, apples, oranges, popcorn balls, homemade cakes and cookies and candy wrapped in napkins with ribbons,” he said. “Sometimes, we also received some money. We stayed out until dark and returned home when we got tired.”

Garrison’s painting shows Elm Avenue in Rahway, and the artist notes that his sons served as the models for the two boys in the left corner. The painting also recalls a time when people burned autumn leaves in the streets.

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