EAST LANSING, Mich. — The popular annual Great Pumpkin Walk will bring trick-or-treat fun to downtown East Lansing on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Community members should note that the event has changed from previous years and, for the first time this year, the event will be hosted on a Sunday in conjunction with the final East Lansing Farmers Market of the 2019 season.
Families are invited to bring their children to downtown East Lansing in full costume to receive free door-to-door treats from more than 50 participating downtown businesses. Downtown trick-or-treating will take place from 2-4 p.m. (there is no starting point) and parking is free on Sundays.
Each year, more than 1,000 trick-or-treaters pack the sidewalks of downtown East Lansing for this fun, safe and free Halloween event. The event is hosted by the City of East Lansing and East Lansing Downtown Management Board in partnership with participating downtown businesses.
In addition to the date change for this year’s event, a number of new, fun activities will be taking place:
Top Hat Side Show Performance (1-2 p.m.): A fun and whimsical family-friendly performance featuring magic, juggling and more will take place in Ann Street Plaza (corner of Albert and M.A.C. avenues).
Pumpkin Painting (2-4 p.m.): Families are invited to paint pumpkins in Ann Street Plaza, William B. Sharp Park (corner of Albert Avenue and Abbot Road) and the pedestrian alley in the 500 block of Grand River Avenue.
Live Music (2-4 p.m.): Live music will be showcased throughout downtown.
Events hosted in conjunction with this year’s Great Pumpkin Walk will include:
“Land of Oz” at the Wild Goose Inn (2-4 p.m.): As part of the Great Pumpkin Walk, Wild Goose Inn, 512 Albert Ave, will host its popular annual “Land of Oz.” With the assistance of costumed characters, this popular downtown bed & breakfast is transformed into the colorful, enchanting “Land of Oz” each year.
Safe Halloween on M.A.C. Avenue (3-5 p.m.): Safe Halloween will take place along M.A.C. Avenue, between Burcham Drive and Linden Street. Each year, MSU Fraternity & Sorority Life hosts this popular event to provide children a safe environment to trick-or-treat, enjoy games and interact with college students in one of MSU’s predominantly Greek neighborhoods.
Community members can learn more about the City’s Halloween events by visiting https://cityofeastlansing.com/Halloween.