Chester Township Police Chief Edward Strait was back in the news with a summary of the vandalism caused during the previous weeks (the second half of October). He said that during the 15 days preceding and including Halloween 1960, vandalism damage to the community totaled $2,537. Damage to signage was $1,500, and damage to fences, bridges, and trees was $1,037. Further, the vandals cost taxpayers an additional $549.10 in extra police patrol time, and mileage and fuel for patrol vehicles. Source: Observer-Tribune
In 1961, Chester Township Police Chief Edward Strait warned local parents that all children connected to Halloween pranks resulting in property damage would be prosecuted, regardless of the cost of the damage. Source: Observer-Tribune.
The 1937 Chester Women’s Club annual Halloween party was a bit different than previous years in that it was a ballroom dance. Each woman wore a balloon on her ankle, and a prize was given to the couple who kept from breaking their balloon all evening. Felix Arden’s orchestra played the tunes. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune
In 1975, the Friends of the Chester Library sponsored its second annual Halloween store painting activity. Children from the Borough and Township painted store windows, pumpkins, and even a barber pole with festive designs of the season. Source: Observer-Tribune