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World Pumpkin Capital Celebrates The Great Gourd
October 13–14, 2018 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California

Activities & Entertainment

haunted barn

Pirates Furtively Inhabit Haunted Barn at Young Actors Workshop’s Popular Pumpkin Festival Production


2017 is the LAST YEAR for the Haunted Barn at the historic Johnston Barn.
Don’t miss it!

Ahoy, Matey! There be sneaky PIRATES haunting Half Moon Bay! Aaargh. We're in the Johnston Haunted Barn, aye. Not alive. Not dead. We're among the undead, sez I. It was the late 19th century when we seized the barn from that landlubber Johnston. Sure, we were in need of a place to hide out and store our treasure. There is much to be seen, ye scalawags! There be the remains of our Shipbuilder in his shop. Ye'll be seein' Pirates tradin' cannon fire with a Ghost Ship, battlin' over a plundered safe. Aye, there be Treasure but ye must pass through Davey Jones' Locker to get to it, aaargh. There'll be swordfightin' and walkin' o' the plank. There'll be danger and adventure. Beware the Pit beneath the Dungeon! So join with us at the time of the Pumpkin Festival, October 13-14, ya scurvy swabs!

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photos with the giant pumpkin

Coveted Keepsake: Photos with Grand Champion Gourd

Proceeds Benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation

How often do you get to see and touch a hard-to-believe, larger-than-life 1-ton pumpkin (2,000 pounds!)—let alone get to have your photo taken alongside something so extraordinary?

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costume contest

Calling All Ghosts, Goblins and Spooks for Pumpkin Festival Costume Contest

Everyone from tiny tots to ghoulish grandmas and grandpas will get a chance to show of their best Halloween attire at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival Costume Contest. The contest will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, at the Cunha Intermediate School parking lot located at Correas and Church Streets.

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Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California

October 13-14, 2018
9am – 5pm