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Pumpkinpalooza Spooks Main Street on October 9


The spook is back! Starkville’s annual Downtown harvest-fest returns to Main Street on Friday, October 9 as part of the New South Weekends series. Plans for the evening of family fun are in full swing as we prepare for one of the community’s most anticipated fall events. This year’s Pumpkinpalooza will welcome the annual MSU Pep Rally, as well as a meet-and-greet with the MSU men’s and women’s basketball teams and coaches. Kids will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat with players and Downtown merchants as well as enjoy a spooky slate of fun activities for the entire family! Here’s what’s happening…


  • patchMSU Pep Rally
    The Bulldog spirit squads join us on Main Street for a Pep Rally beginning at 6:00pm
  • Meet and Greet with MSU Basketball teams and coaches
    Meet the coaches and trick-or-treat with players beginning immediately following the Pep Rally at 6:30pm!
  • Pumpkin Patch
    Find the “Great Pumpkin” in the patch set up right on Main Street with locally grown pumpkins and mums from Lancaster Farms and Busy Bee Nursery.
  • Inflatable Jumpers
  • Spooky Music from Thurlow’s Party to Go
    Think “Thriller” and “Monster Mash!
  • Haunted Shuttle sponsored by SMART
    Enter if you dare!
  • Face Painting sponsored by Holli’s Sweet Tooth
  • Pumpkin Painting sponsored by Starkville Area Arts Council
  • Live Window Models at participating retailers by MSU Fashion Board
  • Starkville Community Market
    Visit some of your favorite vendors in our last Market of the season:
    Lancaster Farms – vegetable soup and other sweet treats
    B’s Sweets & Treats – sweet breads, granola, fried pies, caramel apples, caramel popcorn, hot               chocolate
    The Blueberry Patch – caramel apple slices, lemonade, tea
    The Tomato House – boiled peanuts, cashew crunch candy
    Dreamland Kettlecorn – homemade kettle corn
    The Hummus Lady – baklava, Coconut cake, gluten free cakes, pita bread, zatar bread, cheezy                bread, cinnamon walnut buns