Great Pumpkin Walk tries a Sunday to help parents

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East Lansing’s 2019 Great Pumpkin Walk tried a new schedule this year, running 1-4 p.m. Oct. 27 to accommodate working patents.

The city chose a Sunday, rather than the traditional Oct. 30.

During the Great Pumpkin Walk, businesses around downtown East Lansing hand out candy to visiting and local families. A regular activity is pumpkin painting.

Amy Schlusler-Schmitt, staff liaison to the Downtown Management Board, organizes the annual event and took charge of the pumpkin painting tables this year. 

This year the magical group Top Hat Side Show performed before the walk, and various MSU bands performed from 2-4 p.m. Safe Halloween operated from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. which Schlusler-Schmitt called a welcome change. 

Schlusler-Schmitt estimated that this year’s walk had more than 4,000 people and that most businesses handed out more than 2,000 pieces of candy. Schlusler-Schmitt said she was happy with this outcome. 

“Whether you’re an East Lansing resident or not, I think that my board feels it’s really important, and I do as well, that people come down and feel comfortable, that East Lansing is home,” she said.

How did the experiment work? Schlusler-Schmitt is already planning more changes for 2020, hoping to host more activities downtown.

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