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News Release
Local Artist and Illustrator, Mike Bennett, Hosts The Great Pumpkin Hunt in Downtown on Friday, October 15th. (Photo) - 10/14/21

What: Creating excitement ahead of Halloween, Downtown Portland Clean & Safe has partnered with local Artist Mike Bennett to hide 100 of his custom-made pumpkin cutouts in retail spaces and businesses in the Downtown and Old Town core. A scavenger hunt will be hosted online, on Friday, October 15th from noon – 4 PM.  Followers need to solve the clues to locate a pumpkin.  The first person to find a pumpkin gets to keep it!  


When: TOMORROW! Friday, October 15th, 2021 Noon – 4 PM (or until all pumpkins are located).   


Where: All of the 100 cut-out pumpkins are located in Downtown & Old Town Portland. To find clues, follow Mike Bennett’s social media platforms Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.    


Who: Downtown Portland Clean & Safe, the Downtown Retail Council, and Mike Bennett are hosting this event. With over 70 local retailers in the Downtown and Old Town core.  


Why: The community is invited to play a super fun Halloween scavenger hunt and explore the city. If they are lucky and fast, they just might walk away with a pumpkin cut-out by local artist Mike Bennett. And since they are Downtown already, we are going to encourage them to check out the local shops and restaurants.  


Artist Mike Bennett will be Downtown and available to interview.   


Downtown Marketing Initiative  

The Downtown Marketing Initiative is a program of the Portland Business Alliance, Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce, that promotes downtown Portland to the greater Portland metro region. Marketing programs include holiday promotional efforts, robust social media messaging, events and programming, seasonal cooperative retail and restaurant promotions, and public relations campaigns to promote downtown businesses. Downtown businesses may participate in the program at no charge. Visit: DowntownPortland.org for more information.  


Downtown Portland Clean & Safe   

The Downtown Portland Clean & Safe District provides essential services to the people, places, and businesses within a core 213-block area of our unique city. Operating since 1988, this local nonprofit is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful enhanced service districts in the nation. Visit Downtownportland.org for more information.  


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