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Strange Garb Appears Throughout Triangle Area

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DURHAM — Green scrubs were cast off Thursday in thepediatric unit at Duke University Hospital. The uniform of the day wasmuch stranger than usual.

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

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

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

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

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

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