Bay Head Life Pumpkin Contest a ‘smashing success’

Bay Head Life presented the first annual Pumpkin Contest Oct. 31. Fifteen entries were submitted and 100 voters cast their ballot for best in three categories: Bay Head-themed, character-themed, and all carved pumpkins. [COURTESY OF BAY HEAD LIFE FACEBOOK]

BAY HEAD — While celebrations looked a little different this year, community members of all ages got into the Halloween spirit last weekend.

On Saturday, Bay Head Life hosted the borough’s inaugural Pumpkin Contest, which featured more than a dozen entries submitted for three categories — Bay Head-themed, character-themed and all carved pumpkins.

“Bay Head Life’s first-ever Pumpkin Contest was a smashing success. There were 15 pumpkin entries and a whopping 100 voters,” director of events Sarah Erbe told The Ocean Star. 


“I was very excited to have the opportunity to forego having designated judges for this event to open up the voting to the public. This allowed us to create an incentive for the community to come, see, and vote on the pumpkins our participants worked so hard on.”

The winning entry for the Bay Head Pumpkin category was Kelly Watson for her Beach Badge Pumpkin. Matthew Kelber won Best Character Pumpkin for his Ghostbusters Pumpkin and Best Carved Pumpkin went to the Planer family for their Dinner Time Pumpkins. Each winner received a handmade pumpkin trophy.

“I’m ecstatic with the turnout and truly impressed with the creativity of our entries,” Ms. Erbe said. 

“I originally planned this event as a one-off to make up for the cancellation of the Halloween Parade but I cannot deny the fun that was had this year. I am looking forward to holding the second annual Pumpkin Contest next year and changing up the categories to keep it fresh.”

According to borough officials, trick-or-treating was a success, as well, in the borough and made safer thanks to a “Trick-or-Treaters Welcome” flyer Bay Head Life created for residents to display if they wished to hand out candy and treats to young ghouls and goblins.

“We had a nice weekend. Sarah Erbe created a pumpkin contest and we had about 100 people come and vote and there were three categories which was really nice and it turned out to be a really nice day too,” said Councilwoman Holly MacPherson, chair of the council’s Parks, Grounds and Recreation Committee.

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