Red balloons from ‘IT’ are popping up all over the world — not just in Bangor

As the “IT” film enters theaters, moviegoers are getting into the spirit of the movie by planting one of the story’s iconic images — the red balloons Pennywise “gives” out — in various places. Mostly storm drains, of course, but anywhere they’re bound to have a scary effect, really.

We’ve seen plenty of them around Maine, of course, since Maine’s the setting for the film. But as “IT” becomes a bona fide pop culture phenomenon, the balloons have spread.

Here’s one outside Philadephia:

Another in Tennessee:

#IT #universityofmemphis #stephenking #horror #weallfloatdownhere #youllfloattoo 🎈

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A couple in California:

Oh hell to the no!!! #it #redballoon #sewer #pennywise

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Billings, Montana:

Photo by George Pusey

And beyond that, around the world, including Italy:

He's back! #it #stephenking #horror

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And Santiago, Chile, with some very enthusiastic King fans…

Photo by Sam Chase

We can probably all agree, however, that not much beats the red balloon right here in Bangor:

Man, that’s creepy.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer and editor for Bangor Metro Magazine, the Weekly and the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine. Albums for review are accepted digitally only; please no CDs.