In 2016, Monsterville took root in Merchantville. Five years ago, Mayor Brennan and Councilperson Swann summed up the town's feelings in the Courier-Post. Halloween has always been a special holiday in town because of community participation and the beautiful tree lined streets and homes that are close in proximity to each other. These qualities allow our walk-able community to capitalize on the Halloween where those characteristics lend themselves a lot to trick or treaters both from in and outside of town. The Monsterville concept is an extension of the borough’s commitment to Halloween which really began last year with the Haunts of Merchantville, a concept shepherded by Councilman Anthony Perno - a haunted house competition which competes for the prestigious “Golden Broom”. Halloween is one of the few holidays where folks literally go door to door and are greeted by smiling, welcoming neighbors. This is our moment to put on a show for our community and welcome them to our front porch. Halloween is the epitome of a community event, it requires participation, creativity and in small towns like Monsterville, the energy and excitement of the kids and adults alike as they walk around our decorated town is infectious. Brennan's favorite part: "Seeing the adults transformed into kids again once a year." Halloween fun in town dates back to 1939 when the Morning Post featured Merchantville's Business Association featured a parade and comic fashion show.