Delighting Bay Head with seasonal displays

(MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)An array of smiling pumpkins welcome visitors as they walk up the stairs to the beach.

BAY HEAD  — John McCabe, of Point Pleasant Borough, is the artist behind the eye-catching seasonal displays on the Howe Street beachfront in Bay Head. 

Ten years ago, Mr. McCabe began an artistic journey that has now blossomed into a local tradition. 

This season’s display features various pumpkins and a ghost welcoming visitors as they walk up the steps to the ocean; in the dunes, there is an array of pumpkins and a scarecrow. Mr. McCabe describes the current display as a creative theme during the Halloween season which leads into Thanksgiving. 


There are also various sea animals made out of shells which Mr. McCabe spray paints and collects himself on display including a sea turtle, a pelican, a whale tail and a dolphin. 

“In the beginning, it was sort of a creative thing that I just came up with, and I just grew with it. Every year I try to do something different up there,” said Mr. McCabe. “Howe Street has always been my fictitious second home, I’ve been doing stuff up there forever. It’s a very special spot, it’s got a personality.” 

Mr. McCabe stated that the main reason he creates the displays is that he looks forward to seeing the community’s enjoyment. “I’ve sort of taken it under my wing and made it into my own little palette,” he said. 

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