This photo was taken by Hostly's grandfather, the former Mayor of Grover's Mill.

For years it was thought that the broadcast was just a play, that the Martian invasion was fake. 

The War of the Worlds was supposed to be an episode of the radio drama anthology series “Mercury Theater Series on the Air”,  and it was to be performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, aired over the CBS radio network. Narrated by actor Orson Welles, the episode was supposed to be an adaptation of H.G. Wells novel of the same name.

For years it was thought that the broadcast was just a play, that the Martian invasion was fake. But as it turned out, the Martians had actually invaded Grover’s Mill, N.J. In an astonishing coincidence, actual Martians from the fourth planet from the Sun had arrived just after the performance began.

The Martian visitors were supposed to part an invasion force to Jupiter, but this particular ship had gotten lost in the astroid belt between the Red Planet, and the Giant Planet. “They were actually quite embarrassed about the whole thing,” said 67 year-old Quentin Hostly, grandson of the former Mayor of Grover’s Mill, Marcus Hostly (1898 – 1971).

“Old Malcom Schwenger saw these three rather green looking tall men, with big heads. They were strolling down Clarksville Road, near his house, as naked as a jaybird. He  called Grandpa Marcus, and then Grandpa called the Sheriff  who assured them they were not on Jupiter, and to get back in their silver craft. The whole deal lasted about an hour or so, and they apologized and left,” noted Hostly.