Visit Manitowoc is adding another first-year event to Manitowoc’s calendar. Pumpkin Palooza will be Wednesday, October 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. in downtown Manitowoc’s Burger Boat Park.

Free and open to the public, this event is an early Halloween celebration that allows attendees to get creative carving and painting pumpkins, while supplies last. The carved pumpkins will be left behind to adorn downtown parks and businesses through Halloween. Participants should bring their own tools and all minors should be accompanied by an adult. Limited tools and markers will be available. There will be buckets and tables on site to assist with pumpkin gutting and carving.

“Our community is the perfect destination for a fall getaway. We’re excited to be organizing an event that engages residents in decorating our downtown for Halloween so that we and the many visitors who are here in October to see our fall foliage, hike our trails and enjoy a craft brew can be treated to the display of over 100 festive jack-o-lanterns that exceeds expectations,” said Courtney Hansen, Director of Tourism for Visit Manitowoc. “We hope to continue to grow this event in future years by incorporating additional elements that attract more visitors to our destination.”

Participants are encouraged to dress in costume to complete the party. There will also be festive music and treats to help set the Halloween mood.

Thank you to Lowe’s for the pumpkin donation, Wilfert Farms for the discounted pumpkins, and ACE Hardware for the bucket donation.

The combination of slippery pumpkins and sharp knives can be dangerous. Sharp tools should be kept in adult hands. The City will not be liable for injuries that may be sustained during this recreational activity. Attend at your own risk.