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


The Pumpkin Festival Costume Contest is Sponsored by Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – In Theaters October 18!

In Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to the 2014 global box office hit, Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play.

Stop by the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil wing wall at the Costume Contest, take a selfie and share it on social media! Plus Costume Contest winners will receive tickets to see the movie!

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 17, at the Cunha Intermediate School parking lot located at Correas and Church Streets.

costume contest
costume contest

The contest is divided into five age categories (0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-adult) as well as a category for pairs and another for larger groups. A panel of local judges rates each costume on creativity, attention to detail and presentation, and quality.

The competition can be intense but it’s all in good fun, with effort put into imaginative themes and designs. Some of the many ingeniously creative costumes from past festivals include a group that came dressed as different types of seafood or a boy who showed up as a laundry basket with a pair of underwear on his head. Some people throw something together spur of the moment, but there are many others you can tell significant time was spent conceiving and finishing their costume.

The first, second and third place winners of each category will win a special prize donated by local merchants. The first place winners from each category will compete for the coveted grand prize.

But no contestant will go home empty handed. Everyone receives a ribbon for participating.

The contest will wrap up at noon, just in time for the Great Pumpkin Parade down Main Street. All costume contest entrants are welcome to march in the parade.


Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

World Pumpkin Capital Celebrates The Great Gourd
October 17-18, 2020 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA