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Tricks, treats and thrills

It’s scary how far some people go to decorate their homes for Halloween. It seems that everywhere you look you can find festive, funny or downright spooky displays – some created complete with lights, sounds and special effects. Ghosts, zombies and skeletons take up residence behind fences, across porches, in trees, on awnings. At one home, creepy-looking characters take over the front yard, while at another, friendly ghosts and Snoopy reflect a tamer approach. § Buffalo News photographer John Hickey ventured out and found some ambitious displays that prove, once again, that when it comes to Halloween decorating, more is more for many.

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