This festival is a signature event during the fall season at Half Moon Bay city on the California coast, about 45 minutes from San Francisco. The Art and Pumpkin festival is like a magnet attracting hordes of people including cute kids in costumes, all reveling in the “spirit” of Halloween. A word of caution though: getting to the place is a headache due to hours spent in traffic, moving so “fast” that a snail might overtake your car.
Costume contests, pie-eating contests, pumpkin contests (for the largest pumpkin) and live professional pumpkin carving shows are arranged. There are never-ending lines of stalls showcasing their artistic goods: paintings, jewelry, show-pieces, clothes, handicrafts, photographs, scented herbs and so on. Other kinds of art meant for the eyes as well as ears are on display in the form of musical performances by solo or group artists and street performers doing juggling acts or gymnastics. Interactive stalls are also set up where activities like candle decoration, face painting, pumpkin carving are offered. Local bands take the stage one after the other and amplify the festivity in the atmosphere.
When the eyes, ears, nose are being given a treat, can another important sensory organ be left behind? Yes, we are talking of every fair or festival’s essentials: food stalls! Apart from the usual fare of french fries, tacos, hot dogs, chips, sandwiches, roasted corn, drinks, cotton candy, this festival offers special pumpkin based and pumpkin flavored food items. There are pumpkin pies available by the slice, cups of creamy pumpkin soup, pumpkin flavored barbecue sauces and even the unimaginable-but-delicious pumpkin flavored ice-cream!
All-in-all, the event celebrates the fall season along with Halloween and provides a fun feeling of transition into the changing season.