Rain, snow didn’t squelch East Lansing’s Great Pumpkin Walk

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In what has become a decades-old tradition, East Lansing held its Great Pumpkin Walk  5-7 p.m. Monday.

Mike Wylie, assistant manager at the Student Book Store on Grand River Avenue, said the tradition started 20 years ago with just a few businesses. “Businesses can choose to participate or not,” said Wylie. “They just have to put the signs on the door.”

Matt Gabrish, a server at Sushi Ya, also on Grand River, said, “We’ve been participating for at least five years. We see hundreds of kids.”

“Families are encouraged to bring their children to downtown in full costume to receive free door-to-door treats from more than 50 downtown merchants,” according to the city’s official webpage for the event. Those looking to visit businesses on less busy areas will find them on side streets, such as Division Street and M.A.C. Avenue.

Jessica Campbell of Great Clips on M.A.C. said, “This location has been around for about four years, so we have been participating for four years. We see around 30 kids a year.”