Every Halloween we get all excited and bring home a bunch of big pumpkins, hack away at them with steak knives and arrange them on the porch lit up from inside with tea lights. Our Jack-o-Lanterns are a source of pride for a few days, until the Halloween candy runs out and Jack’s jaunty hat starts to sink and soften. Once the pumpkin starts to rot it just serves as a reminder that the fun, freaky holiday is over and all that stands between us and the icy cold despair of January is Christmas. And Christmas is great and all but it is the very last vestige of holiday fun before our world turns to ice.
Save yourself and your family from that terrible fate and bring your Jack-o-Lantern to the Drake tonight for a beauty contest. Your pumpkin could win a prize, and even if it doesn’t you’ll at least have given it a fitting farewell before allowing the Drake staff to dispose of it for you. Then you can wake up refreshed in November and start tacking up all those tangled Christmas lights.
Tonight’s Jack-O-Lantern Contest starts at 7pm, come down and vote for your favourite. Boozy Hot Chocolate will be served courtesy of Hammersmith’s, Brockton General and The Drake Hotel’s head bartender Gord Hannah. It’s free and open to everyone, costumes encouraged but definitely not required.