Autumn Pumpkin Activities and the ILM Halloween Party

The autumn brought with it pumpkins and Halloween, and Steve and I had fun with both. It began early in October with the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. I do believe that it is the largest pumpkin festival around, and people from different states bring in their huge pumpkins to be weighed and judged. Half Moon Bay is a small coastal town and this is the main event. Steve and I had a great time eating pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread and pumpkin ice cream (amazing how many of our activities include lots of food!).

Anne at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

We also admired the pumpkin carvings that are true works of art.

Steve at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

On Halloween, Steve and I spent the night carving pumpkins. I always think the most fun is scooping out the guts of the pumpkin and roasting the seeds.

Anne carving a pumpkin

I’ve never been a very creative pumpkin carver, so this year I bought a book of patterns. I know this is kind of cheating, but the pumpkin turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Anne with carved pumpkin

Once I had finished that pumpkin, I started a second one. It was my standard, non-pattern pumpkin. It was a slack-jawed yokel, with crossed-eyes and buck-teeth. It was a happy pumpkin.

Anne carving a pumpkin

Steve was having trouble finding the inspiration for his pumpkin, and was only just starting his when I was scooping out my second. He finally got started and created a fine jack o’ lantern.

Steve carving a pumpkin

Steve with carved pumpkins

It was a great night, with Haunted History specials on TV and little ghouls and goblins coming to the front door.

The night before Halloween, Steve and I went to the legendary ILM Halloween Party. Some people really go over the top with their costumes, spending months building them. Apparently they get more and more extravagant every year. This year there was a Titanic that split in half, an Iron Giant, a Y2K Bug (Volkswagon), and many other grandiose costumes. With a trip for two to Hawaii being the first prize, I can certainly understand the inclination to go all out. But some of my favorites were much simpler. Here are two examples:

The Dead Kennedies

Dead Kennedies costume

The Island Castaways

Gilligan's Island costume

There was also a great Scooby Gang, but I didn’t get a picture. Steve and I went as Steve and Terri Irwin from Animal Planet’s Crocodile Hunter. Although not everyone knew who we were, those that did thought we were great!

Anne and Steve as Steve and Terri Irwin at the ILM Halloween Party

Of course, we’d spent the entire day looking for a big crocodile and couldn’t find it anywhere. We settled on the venomous snakes Steve likes to piss off. The very next weekend we found the most perfect stuffed crocodile at Costco. Wouldn’t you know it. Regardless, we had a great time dancing and drinking with friends.


As the night wore on, Steve got a little goofy and gave me a great little show!

Steve the snake dancer at the ILM Halloween Party

Steve the snake dancer at the ILM Halloween Party