Lighting Of Giant Jack O’ Lanterns Kicks Off Halloween Season In Maine!

jack oAt the stroke of midnight, Modern Philosophers, Halloween Season officially began in Maine.

As always, the state’s busiest month of tourism kicked off with the simultaneous lighting of giant Jack O’ Lanterns in Portland and Bangor.

In Portland, the giant pumpkin was lit by  Mayor McCheese.  By asking the challenger, rather than Governor Paul LePage, to jump start the festivities, Maine’s powerful All Hallows Society made it clear who they hoped to see win the Gubernatorial Election.

The Bangor Jack O’ Lantern, which was carved in the likeness of Jack Skellington, was lit by Stephen King and Maine’s three most powerful Witches (and my dear friends!).  My pals became even more beloved when they insisted that everyone who had gathered for the lighting ceremony join them at Three Toads & A Wicked Lady for a drink on the house!

maine tourismThe Maine Tourism Association estimates that the 31 Days of the Halloween Season will bring in more tourism dollars than the other eleven months of the year combined.

“Mainers are especially grateful to the Otherworldly Beings who choose to haunt our state for the month, making it both the scariest and the coolest place to spend October,” an MTA spokesperson told this Modern Philosopher.

Otherworldly Beings from across the world and the universe, flock to Maine in astounding numbers to take part in the month long celebration of Halloween.  “Maine in October is THE place to be if you are an Otherworldly Being,” a group of Vampires from Transylvania told his Modern Philosopher as we enjoyed a drink together after the lighting ceremony.

Things that one can enjoy during the month include: corn mazes, haunted houses, cemetery tours given by the spirits of those buried there, Ghost stories told by actual Ghosts, pumpkin carving contests, broom races, UFO rides, runs with Werewolves, parades, concerts, fireworks, trick or treating, costume contests, displays of Magic by Maine Witches, Zombie tracking, Gargoyle rides and so much more…

All HallowsThe All Hallows Society issued the following statement: Welcome to Maine for the celebration of the Halloween Season.  May you be warmed by the glow of love, friendship, and acceptance that will follow you everywhere.  You may be an outsider when not in Maine, but here, you are our brothers and sisters.  Thank you for  celebrating the season with us!

You haven’t really experienced Halloween, Modern Philosophers, until you have spent the month of October in Maine.  I will do my best this month to make you feel like you are a part of the festivities, but I really wish you would just come and join the fun.

hauntedThere’s plenty of room at The House on the Hill, so just bring your sense of adventure, a costume, some Gargoyle treats, and warm clothes.  It is Autumn in Maine after all…

Wishing you all an early Happy Halloween!


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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21 Responses to Lighting Of Giant Jack O’ Lanterns Kicks Off Halloween Season In Maine!

  1. Austin, Happy Halloween to you and the inhabitants of the House on the Hill! The gigantic Jack-O-Lantern is creepy. I’d have someone keep a watchful eye–it looks hungry.

  2. Lorra B. says:

    And so the season begins! October 31st happens to be a date close to my heart…my late fathers B-Day! Boy did we love Halloween, still do!
    So, what are the little kitties in The House On The Hill gonna be dressed up as for this fun-filled holiday?? I’m sure pictures will be in order??
    Oh, be there by noon! HAHAHAHA!

  3. ksbeth says:

    scary giant pumpkin and i am so excited for the holiday!

  4. penelopevon says:

    Sounds FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing with us!! I look forward to the updates and photos!!

  5. A wonderful lead up to Halloween…and my birthday, which is on the same day. I am not joking!

    • Austin says:

      Why would anyone joke about that??? 😉

      • Well, some people might have ambitions to have their birthday that day… 🙂 Must admit, it worked one year, as a kid, when I went trick-or-treating and got, like, extra presents. And these days my wife and I usually go out for my birthday dinner, which means the trick-or-treaters bang fruitlessly at our front door, so I don’t have to tell them that broccoli is FAR better for people than chocolate candy bars (medically true, but it kind of bursts their bubble a bit)… 🙂

      • Austin says:

        I wish you an early Happy Birthday!

  6. claidig says:

    Happy (early) Hallowe’en from Haggisland!

  7. markbialczak says:

    You have the proper houseguests for this month of celebration leading up to the big day, Austin, that is for sure. Enjoy their visits, especially, your bespectacled, well-read vampiress.

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