A celebration of the Fall season featuring food, games, pumpkins and candy is scheduled at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site Pumpkin Walk, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost to attend the event is $5 per adult.
Scheduled yearly on the first Saturday in October, this family-friendly event, funded by the Wyoming Territorial Park Historic Association, offers a variety of activities including a straw bale maze, pumpkin bowling, a pumpkin ring toss, a photo back drop, tric- or-treating and pumpkin pie by the slice.
“The Pumpkin Walk is an event that focuses on families with children 12 years of age and younger,” Wyoming Territorial Prison Superintendent Jessica Lira said. “It celebrates the transition from summer to fall with a pumpkin theme.”
While there are elements of the Halloween Holiday, the event is geared towards providing the site’s visitors a good time. Children get an opportunity to not only collect some candy, but a prize wheel provides a chance at winning a prize. Additionally, there will be a Pumpkin Patch where kids can get a pumpkin. All prizes, pumpkins, etc. are while supplies last.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Planning for the Pumpkin Walk begins in June, according to Lira, with a bulk of the planning picking up in August and involves meetings with local event partners. Laramie Connections coordinates the volunteers for the Pumpkin Walk and sponsorships from C&A Pet and Livestock Supply and Aspen Family Chiropractic help make this community event possible.
With a favorable weather forecast and the Fresno State vs Wyoming football game scheduled at 6 p.m., Lira expects this year’s event to be well attended and a great time for everyone.
Lira reminds the public that the Wyoming Territorial Prison is closed to regular visitation during the Pumpkin Walk.
Behind the Numbers
30,000 – pieces of candy to be distributed
4,000 -- prizes
3,000 – expected Pumpkin Walk attendees
1,200 – pumpkins
120 – volunteers
20 – State Park support staff
1 -- Day of Fall fun