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Strange Garb Appears Throughout Triangle Area

Posted October 31, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Green scrubs were cast off Thursday in the pediatric unit at Duke University Hospital. The uniform of the day was much stranger than usual.

A Dalmation, while not usually allowed inside the hospital, was allowed to roam freely, as was a large, colorful pumpkin.

The unusual group was attending the annual Halloween party for children at Duke. Young patients spent the day trick-or-treating, winning prizes at the carnival, and eating plenty of treats.

Meanwhile, hordes of last-minute shoppers crowded into local costume stores in Raleigh, as trick-or-treat wannabes snapped up everything from scary wardrobes to wild wigs.

Since this is an election year, President Clinton, George Bush and former President Ronald Reagan masks were hot items.

Retailers say they have been serving about 500 customers every day this week.