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Richard Sheridan,  center, is an experienced scare actor at Fear Town, a haunted house attraction in Seekonk. On left is his fellow actor Adam Duhamel, and on right is his wife Emily Sheridan. 
     At Fear Town, Sheridan plays a "pig man" named Porky Bacon who wanders the grounds of Fear Town with his brother Bubba, playfully terrorizing the attraction's guests.  Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

The labor shortage is spooking a new victim: haunted houses

Like restaurants, retailers, and hotels, the nation’s seasonal fright merchants are bedeviled by a shortage of workers. And customers are noticing.

Forecast | Dave Epstein
Highs on Saturday will be over 10 degrees cooler than the end of the work week.

The unseasonably warm weather is coming to an end

Cooler weather moves in this weekend and temperatures will return to usual October levels, with a little rain possibly coming through the region next week.

The "Conjuring" house, in Harrisville, R.I., was made famous by the movie series that began in 2013. It's an iconic part of Rhode Island's haunted history.

Here are some ghastly things to do in Rhode Island for Halloween thrill seekers 🎃

October isn’t just for Octoberfest, pumpkin spice, fall festivals, bonfires, and hayrides. It’s also for thrill-seekers, scary movie buffs, and of course, haunted houses.

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A family photo of Nick O'Neill, 18, the youngest person to die in the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I.

Father of youngest Station nightclub fire victim questions why owners are finally coming forward

“I don’t understand it. I don’t understand what the motive is,” said Dave Kane, whose 18-year-old son, Nick O’Neill, died in the fire. “I think it’s to whitewash their name and to diminish the reality of what they did.”

A harvest bin full of cannabis at the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth, R.I., Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

R.I. to pick 5 new medical marijuana ‘compassion centers’

The state will use a time-tested method for the random drawing: the numbered balls from the Rhode Island Lottery and a tumbler from Twin River.

Michael Stephens, left, with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Providence City Council raises concerns about new civilian administrator job with police department

Instead of giving the civilian position its final approval, the Council questioned Michael Stephens’ involvement with the hiring committee for the police major job to which Stephens was originally appointed

The new bike path on South Water Street in Providence, by Plant City.

Memo to cranky Providence residents: Real cities have bike lanes

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation actually thought it would be wise to whine to the Federal Highway Administration about Providence's bike lanes.

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The Maximum Security Facility of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

R.I. corrections officers under investigation for ‘momentarily nodding off’ at work

Other officers are under investigation for what the Department of Corrections called “serious violations.”

Elizabeth took her daughter one Saturday and left her abusive partner of the last 13 years. She finally decided, she said, that it was wrong to have to get permission from him to visit her parents, or to go to the store or the bank. But that was at the end of June, and being on disability with a fixed income of $560 a month, she's now homeless.

She took her daughter and ran from an abusive relationship. Now they’re homeless

Women like Elizabeth who leave domestic abuse situations are only finding temporary housing, and many are forced into homelessness when they have nowhere else to turn.

A firefighter holds his hand to his forehead as he stands amidst the rubble at the scene of a deadly fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Friday, Feb. 21, 2003.

Owners of The Station nightclub finally discuss the deadly 2003 fire: ‘We certainly played a role. But the systems failed.’

After nearly 20 years of silence, Jeffrey and Michael Derderian are speaking out. ‘It’s not a redemption tour,” Jeffrey Derderian tells the Globe. “It’s about the truth”

The new bike path on South Water Street in Providence.

R.I. will not try to stop the South Water Street bike lane project

The state Department of Transportation had raised concerns about the project, which was carried out by the city at a cost of about $300,000.