After months of life without Halloween, the day has arrived -- October 1st. Jack-o’-Lantern Park is something to be seen, but go, then, go now, for it’s the worst.
Orange and yellow leaves are falling from the trees, there’s a cool crispness in the air, a fall breeze.
Pumpkins fill the fields and scarecrows stand tall. And with that, welcome to Halloween Country, one and all.
Of course, it’s Halloween all year long, and every day in Jack-o’-Lantern Park. The leaves are always falling strong, and there’s crispness in the air . . . even in the dark.
In the Pumpkin Patch up on Pumpkin Peak, there’s a never-ending supply of pumpkins growing. And even though they’re shopped every day all week, the pumpkins are always overflowing.
Back in Carver’s Corner, the Carver works on his creations. The pumpkins are always there, and so’s the Carver and all his relations.
The produce at The Stand tastes better this time of year. The apples on Apple Ranch are redder, the corn belonging to no finer ear.
In Pumpkin Goodie Gully, you can get pumpkin-flavored cookies, teas . . . pumpkin pie, pumpkin crackers and even pumpkin cheese.
Bring your best roast -- they’ll pumpkinize it on the spot. Take them old rats, toads and brains to boast -- they’ll add pumpkin flavor to all you’ve got.
It’s all the same, no matter when you go. Shine or rain, October’s best, you know.
Visit the Corn Maze, give it a try. You’ll find creatures there since April, May, June and July.
It’s when you find the dead that you should worry. You may be too deep in the maze -- you better hurry.
It doesn’t help that the walls change and the paths close. There’s a right way to go, but nobody knows.
Tree Valley is always best in October, so stop by for a bite to eat. No need to sit down, it’s actually best to run. Because you’re the bite -- you’re the treat.
And when you get to the Halloween trees, full of jack-o’-lanterns and bumbling bees, you will know and you’ll know for good reason, it’s best to go during Halloween season.
Of course, it’s Halloween all year long in Jack-o’-Lantern Park, and it’s the same in the day and in the dark.
This is one in a series of TRAVEL STORIES from the 13 districts of Transyl-vein-ia. These stories run weekdays between August and September. Jack-o’-Lantern Press’s regular news and entertainment coverage will continue in October.