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For Former Child Star Butch Patrick, a Halloween Dash Through New York

October 30, 2013

Butch Patrick no longer sports the thick widow’s peak that made him famous 47 years ago on “The Munsters.”

But the days before Halloween are still a mad dash for Patrick, now 60, to capitalize on the two years he played little Eddie Munster in the classic 1960s sitcom.

Patrick is the latest in a parade of mostly TV actors from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s who have stopped in Buffalo in recent years, reconnecting with the baby boomers who grew up with them and some more recent generations who have watched them on reruns.

Four of the six “Brady Bunch” children have been here for the World’s Largest Disco. Jerry Mathers of “Leave it to Beaver” came to town in 2008, and David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce of “The Partridge Family” have made appearances.

What is it that makes these former child actors so popular?

“People want to see that they’re alive first,” said Dave Pietrowski, who has worked with everyone from Anson Williams, who played Potsie on “Happy Days,” to former teen pop idol Leif Garrett for the annual World’s Largest Disco. “Then the next thing is they want to see what they look like and are they nice, are they friendly.” Read More

 Butch Patrick, left, who played Eddie Munster in the TV series “The Munsters,” talks Saturday with fan Eric Jankowski of Depew, who was first in line to see the former child actor at George & Co. in Amherst.