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.
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.