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Alpena Halloween tradition continues

ALPENA, Mich.– A group of Alpena residents is continuing a nearly-two–decade Halloween tradition.

Jessica Hatch and her husband have been creating jack–o’–lantern displays outside their home for 18 years. They started with just 13 pumpkins, and this year they expect to have over a hundred unique jack–o’–lanterns set up in their yard.

As the number of lanterns grew, so did the number of carvers; Jessica’s friends and neighbors lend a hand in the lead up to Halloween.

Jessica said she and her friends put so much effort into this tradition out of their love for Halloween.

“Halloween has always been my favorite. It’s the one day a year you can dress up however you want, be whatever you want and nobody can make fun of you for it. I love that it gives kids and adults the freedom to do something fun and be creative for at least one day without fear. And I just— I love that.”

Jessica said she was hesitant about the show this year, but was inspired by her neighbors to give the community something fun and familiar in trying times like these.

You can see the jack–o’–lanterns for yourself on Halloweeen night at 1383 Ferncliff drive. The lanterns will be lit from 5:00 P.M. to midnight.