As a kid, there were few days I looked forward to more than Halloween.

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The opportunity to dress up as someone else, be it He-Man or a Power Ranger, or Pikachu and grab your best pillow sack before heading out your front door was such an abnormality in the life of a kid. For all the times we were told to be ourselves, we had one night a year to be another person all together.

Then we would head out. Walking first to the people in the neighborhood we were friendly with and ringing their doorbells. In the early days, we would be with our parents. Sometimes they would be sure we said, "trick or treat", and other times they would say it on our behalf. Before we knew it, a fun size 3 Musketeers or a small bag of M & M's would hit our bags and our faces would light up with pure sugared joy. "Thank Yous" were exchanged before the process repeated.

There was always the threat of rain to contend with. Rain would ruin costumes and make the length of time spent out walking a lot shorter. Some parents would drive their kids around in cars, but those kids were a little too coddled for my taste. Braving nature's wet fury was no problem for me.

My days of going door to door or over, but a new threat looms for the kids of the Utica area this week.


Snow has its own set of rules that threaten to break down the very foundation of all that we love about Halloween. You can't be out doing too much driving in snow. You don't want to be out walking in too much snow. So it can't possibly snow on Halloween, can it?

There it is. Sitting in the forecast like a wet blanket just waiting to ruin the fun of trick or treaters in the Mohawk Valley. It seems there will likely be little to no accumulation from this early 10-day forecast, but with the way weather is, you never know.

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Scooby Doo and Skeletons in Schenectady wins Halloween

I haven't had a chance to check this house out this year, but each Halloween, this home on Highbrdge Road in Schenectady is one of the must-drive-by haunted houses in the Capital Region.

Shout out to the owners of this house who literally surround their entire property with some sort of Halloween decoration.

It's got ginormous spiders that crawl along the facing of the home, massive skeletons all over their lawn, and they even have a ghostly version of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine. 

If you can't get to the house and see for yourself, take a look at some of the photos we snapped recently.

Gallery Credit: Sue MacDonald TSM

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