Pumpkin patch takes waterfront twist : Fall festival at Shoreline draws children, families

Shoreline Lake has scheduled its fourth annual waterfront Pumpkin Splash festival at the lake’s pumpkin patch through Sunday in Mountain View.

The festival features a variety of fall-themed activities, incorporating locally grown pumpkins visitors can paint and carve and a costume contest whose entrants score raffle tickets for an all-day boating pass.

“The event offers a unique twist on pumpkin patches,” said Maria Gonzalez, one of the festival’s organizers. “It draws local residents, area workers and other visitors who want a true respite from their hectic urban surroundings – and get a different take on pumpkin picking.”

Activities will include bounce houses for children, cookie decorating and a book sale.

Christina Ferrari, who runs the Shoreline Lake complex, said an artist contributed artwork to the decorations erected alongside the lake.

Ferrari said she originally started the festival four years ago because she noticed a lack of a pumpkin patch in Mountain View.

“It was kind of a way to create a presence down at Shoreline,” she said, “so that people could come in and explore not only boating activities, but come in and try new things on the lake.”

The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Monster Bash set for Friday

The city of Mountain View has scheduled its annual Monster Bash 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.

Local residents are invited to attend dressed in costume. Activities will include games, crafts, a pumpkin seed hunt, a photo booth, trick-or-treating and an outdoor screening of the movie “The Boxtrolls.” Games and crafts are slated 4-6:30 p.m. and the movie at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

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Rengstorff House hosts Halloween events

The Friends of “R” House has scheduled two Halloween-themed events.

• Tours of the historic Rengstorff House – with a steampunk twist and the theme “Where History Meets Haunting: Presents Inventions and Imaginations” – are slated 6:30-10 p.m. Friday at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Visitors can explore the 19th century and learn about the imaginative ideas of the era and the history behind them in the interactive haunted house attraction.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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• A family Halloween celebration, “Where History Meets Haunting,” is set for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Rengstorff House. A costume parade is scheduled at 2 p.m.

The event will feature crafts, trick-or-treating and activities geared toward young and/or timid visitors.

Donations will be accepted.

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