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A grand night for a fright (photo gallery)

A grand night for a fright (photo gallery)

Capital Region Scrapbook revisits Halloween celebrations from the '80s and 1993.
A grand night for a fright (photo gallery)
Skeletons need all the nourishment they can get, and Nancy Gifford seems happy to pass out cookies to two thin gents and their friend on Halloween 1982. From left are Mark Renaghan, 6, Christine Deyette, 9, and Jamie Deyette, 6. Helping Nancy are daughter
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The two skeletons in Scotia might have been looking for rum, black pearls or pieces of eight.

They settled for pieces of cookies. Mark Renaghan, 6, and Jamie Deyette, 6, were trick-or-treating in black-and-white costumes on Lincoln Avenue for Halloween 1982. The bone men found their treasure at Nancy Gifford’s place, and Nancy was glad to pass out homemade sweets and put some meat on the ribs of her visitors.

A thrilling time

Kids and adults will find time for the October traditions on Wednesday — Halloween 2012. Some will carve pumpkins and give the holiday a frightful face, the way Amy Rein of Scotia did in 1993.

Others will work on elaborate scares, the way folks at the Schenectady Museum used to for the facility’s annual “haunted house” attraction.

Costumes will be the best way to throttle up the thrill factor, and unicorns, witches and bear cubs may be part of the autumnal parade.

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