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Ghost or hoax? You decide! October 31, 2009

Posted by Samantha Costa in History, holidays.
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TRICK OR TREAT! It’s Halloween!


This post is going to take me awhile in between trick-or-treating children knocking on my door,(making my dog howl like a banshee)! Before I head over to the Halloween Parade, I want to tell you about something I hinted at in my last post. I don’t want to get into the history of Williamstown too much, because I’d like to devote an entire post about that sometime in the near future.

I will just let you know now that this town was not always called Williamstown. Once upon a time, it was called Squankum. Who cares? The word Squankum was given to this area by the Lenni-Lenape, a Delaware tribe, and means “place of evil ghosts.” That phrase was supposedly coined due to the massive amounts of mosquitoes in the area. 

…Or was it?

According to the South Jersey Ghost Research Group, Williamstown has a few ghosts in a couple familiar places.

The Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre on Main Street

Did you ever drive by the Grand Theatre on Main St.? The Road Company hosts plays there, but they know that there is more than a stage and audience in their theater. The S.J.G.R’s website says that there have been sightings of “a full body apparition of a woman walking around the theater.”

The Olde Chapp Candle Co. sign on Main St.

The Olde Chapp Candle Co. sign on Main St.

If you ride a little further down Main St., past Holly Glenn Elementary School on the right, you will see the Olde Chapp Candle Co. and Shop. S.J.G.R’s site says that most pictures proved to be  false evidence leading to ghosts.

The Olde Chapp Candle Co.

The Ole Chapp Candle Co.

However, lights were noticed going on by themselves and a drop in temperature of 20 degrees was detected. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the candle company does not appear to have its own website.

One more thing. These local businesses aren’t the only haunted buildings in Williamstown. There are 4 houses listed on S.J.G.R’s website. Although information regarding the owners is not listed, you can read about what was seen at these locations.

The S.J.G.R. group failed to respond to my e-mail, but if you are interested in anything ghost-related and live in the South Jersey area, visit their site.

Happy Hauntings!


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(That wasn’t so bad, now was it?)


Last minute Halloween events! October 27, 2009

Posted by Samantha Costa in Businesses, Events, holidays.
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If you still haven’t made plans for Halloween, there is plenty to do right here in Monroe Township. Here are some places you may want to consider, rather than staying home watching scary movies:

  • Williamstown High School will hold their award-winning 15th Annual “Haunted High School” on Friday, October 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is a great chance for local parents to bring their children who are in the fourth grade or younger, out for some safe pre-Halloween fun! Candy and decorations are donated by the students, staff, and even residents of the community.
  • Leave the kids at home for this one! The Williamstown VFW Post 1616 is having a Halloween Costume Party on October 31 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be food, beer, music, and prizes! If you call Sandy Kammer at (856) 697-9582 or the VFW Post at (856) 728-0760 in advance, the tickets are $15.00, otherwise they are $20.00 at the door. Call Sandy or the post to find out more!
  • Hogbin’s Nursery is holding its first ever haunted hayride! “Hogbin’s Haunted Hollow Hayride” has been in operation since October 2, and will continue until this Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket prices are set at $15.00 for adults ages 13+, and $10.00 for children 12 and under. Large crowds need to call ahead! It sounds pretty good, and since it is so close to home – why not?
  • FINALLY! The Halloween Parade, after being postponed twice, will take place on this Saturday, October 31! As stated before, the Halloween Parade will include floats, a costume contest, local police and fire departments, candy, and according to Jim Bonder of the Parks and Recreation Committee, there will be a EAGLES PEP BAND! The parade starts in the CVS Parking lot at 7 p.m. and marches down Main St., ending at Church St.

If you can’t make it to these events, don’t worry! There will be plenty of trick-or-treaters knocking on your door Saturday, Oct. 31. Monroe Township has mandated a specified trick-or-treat time from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., but because Halloween is on a Saturday this year, you may get a few early birds. Curfew is strictly enforced, so keep your kids safe and have them inside by curfew! (Curfew is until 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30)

No kids? No candy? Head over to our neighboring township’s Regal Cinemas and United Artist movie theaters. Hollywood has you covered this Halloween with movies like SAW VI, The Stepfather, and Paranormal Activity

Check back in a few days for ghoulish information!

That’s all I’m saying right now. Until then, happy haunting!

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