Every October, the Big Pumpkin peers out from the porch at The White Doe Inn awaiting the arrival of all the little ghosts and goblins trick or treating on Sir Walter Raleigh Street. All along the street are gourd-like orange fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles. This a sure sign that the Halloween season has arrived in downtown Manteo. The Big Pumpkin is an annual feature here at The White Doe Inn for all to enjoy.
The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns”— the name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack—originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities.
Just down the road from the White Doe Inn is The Island Farm where they too are getting into the spirit of Halloween with Evening Lantern tours. Join costumed interpreters on a night-time journey into the home of a grieving widow and listen to stories of the farm’s former residents. Then travel by lantern light to the final resting place in an 1800s graveyard.
As Halloween evening starts to wind down in Manteo coming back to relax with a bottle of wine, by the fireplace or take a warm bath with a glass of champagne in the privacy of your bedchamber only to wake up well rested to a lovely 4-course breakfast to start your day!
October is a beautiful time of year here on the Outer Banks and The White Doe Inn in Manteo is the perfect place to take in all the fall has to offer here on the Outer Banks!
We look forward to your stay!