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. 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.
A woman smiles as she escorts two bear cubs to a Halloween party on Skaarland Drive in Burnt Hills on Oct. 27, 1985.
A light-colored unicorn prepares for a light lunch of doughnuts and soft drinks during Halloween festivities on Skaarland Drive in Burnt Hills in 1985.
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 Alison Gifford and Kevin Renaghan (dressed as clown).
Toni Carroll offered a hirsute look to customers looking for gasoline on Oct. 31, 1980. Driver Warren Evans filled up with Texaco at the station at Broadway and Perry Street, and also filled up laughs.
A dragon with a big mouth prepares to greet Halloween headliners at the Schenectady Museum in 1982. Adjusting the old boy’s bite are, from left, Adriana Shehan, Denise Oates and Philip Oates, all of Rotterdam.
Herb Bachorik makes sure a winged wonder is ready for flight at the Schenectady Museum’s haunted house attraction in 1982.
Amy Rein, 8, of Scotia, makes a funny face at a funny face at a pumpkin stand in 1993.
Amy Rein, 8, of Scotia, grins and grimaces as she scoops out the insides of her Halloween pumpkin in October 1993.
Amy Rein is lit by jack-o’-lantern light after carving a pumpkin at her Scotia home in 1993. Other young surgeons are conducting similar operations as Halloween approaches.