Message from Mayor Maughan

“Mark your calendars for October 27-29 to come and celebrate with us. Invite family and friends to come. Pick up a pumpkin and carve your contribution.”

What is a Pumpkin Walk? It is magical, but no fruits or vegetables grow legs. Our city recreation staff has a fun event that has grown over the years into something very special. The Syracuse City Pumpkin Walk is a must-experience, amazing, and free event in Founders Park every fall just before Halloween!

You can come and pick up pumpkins at the recreation center to carve them for display. Our citizens have the chance for carving a pumpkin for public display without incurring the cost of a pumpkin. Your time and talent are all it takes. We have some talented pumpkin-craving artists in our city — amazing pumpkin artistry.

Over 1000 unique jack-o-lanterns will align Founders Park in creative displays. Our Parks and Recreation staff continues to find some new ways to display pumpkin art that is fun and entertaining. If you are a pumpkin walk regular or new to the event, this free experience is a must for any bucket list. It gets bigger every year, and the creativity in the city abounds.

There is more to the event than just wandering the pathway of pumpkins or the towering displays throughout the park. Support local vendors who bring food and fun to the event. Come sit on the hay bales and watch a Halloween movie or gather around fire pits and renew old acquaintances. The atmosphere for a cool fall evening is truly inviting. Friend or ghoul, you never know who you might run into. Our pumpkin patch is so famous, you could say it is full of celebrity pumpkins.

Mark your calendars for October 27-29 to come and celebrate with us. Invite family and friends to come. Pick up a pumpkin and carve your contribution. Be involved in something that is a very special part of our city for three nights, 7-10 p.m., in Founders Park. Find your pumpkin in our patch or just look at the stunning carvings. Don’t forget: admission is free. People come from far and wide to experience this bucket list event. If you haven’t walked among the Syracuse carved pumpkins, you still have something special ahead of you.

Dave Maughan
Syracuse City Mayor

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