Princesses, Pirates & Pumpkins
Yesterday, we visited the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Halloween is a big deal over here – we first saw Halloween decorations and items in the shops back in August. What better way to build up to Halloween than a visit to Half Moon Bay – the pumpkin capital of the world! Once we battled the traffic and managed to get parked, we walked down Main Street, where there were all kinds of stalls to peruse – crafts, food, art etc – many of it pumpkin-themed. We saw pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin roll, glass pumpkins and even pumpkin masala. Farmer Mike, a ‘world class pumpkin carver’ was on Main Street, working away on an enormous pumpkin. We visited a pumpkin patch, where the kids were able to choose their own pumpkin and load it onto a wheelbarrow to take home and place on the porch. The pumpkins came in all shapes and sizes from the classic orange variety familiar from home to turquoise, white, odd-shaped and lumpy pumpkins. They also had a big haunted house, bouncy castles, train/tractor rides, pony rides etc.