Watertown Main Street Program invites everyone to come to Pumpkin Palooza in downtown Watertown on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. A variety of activities are being planned for people of all ages to enjoy. Highlights for the day include Halloween-themed sidewalk games, trick-or-treating on Main Street from 1-3 p.m., and the traditional costume parade at 3 p.m. City-wide trick-or-treating will run from 4-7 p.m. that evening followed by the Pumpkin Lighting Ceremony at the Watertown Public Library at 7 p.m. Having trick-or-treat on Saturday is a change from the traditional Sunday evening.
As part of Pumpkin Palooza, community members are encouraged to bring pre-carved pumpkins for display to the library starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29. These will be featured in the Pumpkin Lighting Ceremony. Community members are also invited to take part in a new scarecrow decorating contest where the scarecrows will be displayed on lamp posts along Main Street.
Other activities planned for Pumpkin Palooza include a craft market, a guided walking tour of the historical homes on N. Washington Street, cookie decorating, “spooky” story time, face painting, fall photo fun with props at the Main Street Plaza, and more. In addition, the library will host a presentation on paranormal research at 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 to set the mood for the Halloween festivities on Main Street.
Pumpkin Palooza Schedule of Events
Friday, Oct. 28
6 p.m. – Paranormal Researcher Presentation – Watertown Public Library, 100 S. Water St.
6 p.m. – Teen Pumpkin Carving – Watertown Public Library, 100 S. Water St.
Saturday, Oct. 29
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Craft Event, Fantastic Fall Magnets (registration required) – Watertown Senior & Community Center, 514 S. First St.
10 a.m. – “Spooky” Story Time @ the Library – Watertown Public Library, 100 S. Water St.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Face Painting by Lori Horton – Far Horizons Imports, 413 E. Main St.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fall Photo fun (bring your own camera) Main Street Plaza
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Scarecrow Viewing & Judging Main Street, from Water to Sixth streets
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Seasonal Drinks & Spiced Cider – Tribecca Gallery Cafe & Books, 401 E. Main St.
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Free Popcorn – Bradow Jewelers, 217 E. Main St.
11 a.m. Guided Walking Tour of North Washington St. Historic District, Meet at corner of N. Washington & Cady Streets
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Craft Fair – N. First St. Parking Lot
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Kids’ Cookie Decorating $1 – Sweet Talkin’ Treats, 108 S. Third St.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Face Painting by Lori Horton – Far Horizons Imports, 413 E. Main St.
1 – 3 p.m. – Downtown Trick-or-Treating Main Street – from Water to Seventh streets at participating businesses
1 – 3 p.m. – Sidewalk Games & Sidewalk Chalk Drawing – Bradow Jewelers, 217 E. Main St. & Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., 212 E. Main St.
1 – 3 p.m. – Pumpkin Bowling – Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce, 519 E. Main St.
1 – 3 p.m. – Spooktacular at Golden Living – at Golden Living Golden Living, 121 Hospital Dr.
3 p.m. – Halloween Costume Parade – Meet @ Parking Lot at Heritage Inn Hotel, 700 E. Main St.
4-7 p.m. – Trick-or-Treating – City Wide
7 p.m. – Pumpkin Lighting Ceremony – Watertown Public Library, 100 S. Water St.
– Announcement of Scarecrow Contest Winners
“We are very excited about the number of events and activities we have planned this year for Pumpkin Palooza,” said Melissa Lampe, Main Street Program director. “Highlights will definitely be the new downtown trick-or-treat event and the many new sidewalk games that our merchants are organizing. We also are looking forward to seeing all the scarecrows along Main Street.”
For more Pumpkin Palooza information or to download a copy of the Scarecrow Contest form, please visit www.downtownwatertown.org or search Pumpkin Palooza on Facebook.