I snapped this picture at a previous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, our annual celebration which brings many, many visitors to the Coastside. Fall festivals abound this time of year from school carnivals to full-blown extravaganzas which have a life of their own and take over the town. The latter is exactly what the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival has become. It started out as a way for the Downtown Beautification Committee to make some money to spruce up Main Street. They invited some local crafters to set up booths and bought pumpkin pies from a local restaurant. The posters promised a simple Sunday afternoon get together. Now, some 40 years later, there’s even an iPumpkin app! Which by the way, my husband the Techie, loved!
But if festivals full of jostling crowds, booths crammed with everything from apple core peelers to wooden zebras, multiple stages playing very loud music, and pumpkin everything, then seek out a way to welcome the Great Pumpkin on your own terms.
Maybe you just want to admire all the trees in their multi-hued glory on your daily walk, or daily commute. Perhaps you want to take your journal or camera on a walk and record some of the really pretty ones. Or go to a nursery (even lingering at the floral department at the grocery story) and pick up an autumnal colored mum plant to brighten your home or office. The point it to do whatever it is you want to do to celebrate this time of year.
I’m ready to face that crisp air and search the sky for all the gorgeous colors of browns, reds, and yellows. What about you? Are you up for it?