The Rowdy Hallowe’en Celebration of 1939

NOW that Hallowe’en is over and the Hallowe’en celebration in Webster is in the background, one can take a retrospective view of the event and pass judgment upon it.

Several have called at the Herald office and declared that as a result of the rowdyism that took place on that evening, they would not lend further support to the Hallowe’en entertainment.

We feel that such supporters are taking a wrong view of the Hallowe’en entertainment. The entertainment was either a success or a failure regardless of what rowdyism took place. The question is whether the expense and work in connection with an entertainment which provided amusement for a large number of children as well as a good number of adults was justified. Did the fact so many did enjoy it prove it was worth while or did it prove otherwise? That is what the program must be judged by and not from any acts committed by some of Webster’s young men.

There are six churches in the Village of Webster and several in nearby sections. If the influence of these several churches was insufficiant to curb the rowdyism that our young men participated in on that night, is it not rather unreasonable to expect the evening’s entertainment to do just that. No, that aspect of the affair should not enter into the decision to commend or condemn the Hallowe’en celebration. It should be judged on merits other than that.

From page three of the November 17, 1939 edition of the Webster Herald.