Pumpkins in the Park

Date - 10/10/15
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Pumpkins in the Park is held to raise funds and enlist supporters for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. But, just as importantly, its purpose is to create awareness of the park and gardens and to bring families into the park for a day of learning and fun.


Saturday, October 10, 2015 • 10 AM to 4 PM

Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow, (Woz Way & San Carlos), San Jose


Giant Pumpkin Patch

Costume Swap with Children’s Discovery Museum

Costume Parade

Carnival Games

Great Food

Fresh Apple Cider

Guadalupe River Education

Lots of Free Kid’s Activities

Children’s Concert


More quick Links

Donation Drawing


Participating Companies & Organizations



Event Sponsors







Cortese Brothers Farms
















Supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose.


































John Joseph Kelly, III







Supervisor Ken Yeager










A-1 Heating and Cooling

Air Systems Foundation, Inc.

Jim Alves

The Austen Family

Bay Hydraulics

The Caputo Family

Hardcastle Auto Body

Joan Hinshaw

Sheryl Hinshaw

Lindy Roofing

Jason Papier

Rose Garden Auto Care


Costume Swap


Got a princess that wants to be a pirate? A pirate that wants to be a superhero? This is your chance to bring in a costume and swap it with another free of charge! Join Children’s Discovery Museum at Pumpkins in the Park.

How does a costume swap work?

  • Register below – Free treat bag to the first 200 registrants!
  • Bring a costume you aren’t using anymore
  • Shop through our racks of costumes that other families have “traded-in”
  • Select a costume, and accessories as available
  • Walk away happy!*


Helpful tips:

  • No dressing rooms will be available, so wear something that allows you to try the costume on over it
  • Please no scary masks or weapons
  • Please clean costumes before swapping
  • If you have extra costumes that you just want to donate, that’s great too.  Remaining costumes will be given to  children in communities in need.


Questions? email Autumn Young at ayoung@cdm.org


*If you don’t find a costume that works, you can keep your original


Costume Swap made possible thruogh the generosity of Savers
Register Now!



and More!
10:00-10:20 Los Lupenos Grupo Juvenil Monopoly in the Park will run from 11 am to 2 pm.
10:20-10:40 Children’s Costume Parade Procession
10:45-11:05 Center Stage Dance Company
11:50-12:10 2nd Children’s Costume Parade Procession
12:15-12:35 Lunch Break
12:40-1:25 Andy Z
1:30-2:25 Wushu Demo/Performance Team
2:30-3:00 3rd Children’s Costume Parade Procession
3:05-3:50 Nelson Dance Company
3:50 – 4:00 Raffle/Closing


To help raise funds for our educational programs, the following features will require tickets. Tickets can be purchased at two stations at the event. 1 ticket is $.50, 12 for $5, or 24 for $10.


Carnival Games Tickets Required Sponsor
Basket Toss 1 Hardcastle Auto Body
Disc Drop 1 Jason Papier
Bottle Ring Toss 1 Jason Papier
Lollipop Tree 1 TBD
Duck Pond 1 Joan Hinshaw
Bean Bag Tic Tac Toe 1 Jason Papier
Corn Hole 1 Hardcastle Auto Body
Octopus Ring Toss 1 Sheryl Hinshaw
Roller Bowler 1 Jason Papier
Milk Can 1 Jim Alves
Other Features
Bounce Houses 2/5 minutes TBD
Giant Slide 1/ride TBD
Pumpkin Decorating 4 Sheryl Hinshaw


Donation Drawing

Proceeds benefit the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

A Slice of New York, 4 $25 Gift Cards AND 5 $20 Gift Cards
AJ Auto Detailing, 1 Free Mini-Detail
AJ Auto Detailing, Sponsored by Hardcastle Autobody, 1 Free Mini-Detail
Angelou’s Mexican Grill, $15 Gift Certificate (6 of these!)

Buca di Beppo, $25 Gift Certificate (2 of these!)

Celebrate-Family.com, 4 Complimentary Passes to NorCal Renaissance Faire
Children’s Discovery Museum, Family 4-Pack (8 of these!)
Classic Car Wash, 2 Complimentary Car Washes (2 sets of these!)
Erik’s Deli Cafe, $25 Gift Card
Golfland at Milpitas, 4 Complimentary Passes
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, (1 Set of 2 passes, 1 set of 4 passes)

Sheryl Hinshaw, 2 Complimentary Sharks Tickets

Byron Ishiwata, 2 Complimentary Sharks Tickets

The Music Place, Complimentary Group Lessons (2 of these!)
Petroglyph Willow Glen, $25 Gift Card
Recycle Bookstore, $25 Gift Certificate (2 of these!)
The Rodigari Family, Sony Digital Walkman

San Jose Earthquakes, Signed Jersey & 2 Complimentary Tickets
San Jose Giants, 10 Free Admissions + 1 Family Pack

Sharks Ice at San Jose, 2 Complimentary Admissions and Skate Rentals
Sunnyvale Golfland USA, 4 Complimentary Passes

Tomato Thyme, $10 Gift Certificate (3 of these!)
Winchester Mystery House, 2 Complimentary Mansion Tours
More prizes added almost daily!

Tickets are $1/ticket or $10/12 tickets. We can fill the tickets out for you and place them in the drawing or you can swing by and handle that yourself. We can also mail you tickets and you can mail them back all filled out. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@grpg.org or 408-298-7657.

You do NOT need to be present to win!


Pumpkins in the Park Donation Drawing Form


Enter Amount: $


Participating Companies & Organizations


4C’s Community Child Care Council
Alain Pinel Realtors / Farmers
Bay Area Kids Dentist
Bay Area News Group
Breathe California of the Bay Area
Children’s Discovery Museum Costume Swap!

City of San Jose – Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services

Committee for Green Foothills
Cortese Brothers Farms – Pumpkin Seller!
Critters by the Bay
Delphi Academy

Dynamic Body Chiropractic
Elan Pre-School

Environmental Volunteers

Farm Fresh to You

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County
Girl Scouts of Northern California SU 661
Glenna Harris Weavers Guild

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Head Start of SCC
High Definition Solar
Joyful Expressions (Face Painting!)
Master Gardeners of SC County
MOMs Club – Blossom Hill / Santa Teresa

Monopoly in the Park

My Little Conservatory

Our City Forest

Papercrafts by Yuki
Peninsula Association for the Education of Young Children
Provident Credit Union

Salmon & Steelhead Restoration Group

San Jose Public Library
San Jose State University UNICEF Chapter

Santa Clara County Democratic Party

SCC Home Composting Education Program

SCC Household Hazardous Waste Program

SCC Open Space Authority
SCC Registrar of Voters

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Silica Valley Glass Studio
Silicon Valley Progressive Faith Community
Stellar Learning Academy
Watershed Watch

Food Booths

Gourmet Foods (Burgers and Dogs)
Kettle Korn with Buchser Middle School Music Assn.
Martinelli’s – Free Apple Juice!

Old Spaghetti Factory
Taqueria Angelica
Texas Snoballs

Whole Foods sponsored free, fresh apple cider and apple tasting
Whole Foods Truck




Children’s Costume Parade!

Want to test drive your Halloween costume? Check in at the Pumpkins in the Park stage at 10:20, 11:50, 2:30 (meet about 10 minutes before each time) and get ready to march across the stage and out into the event grounds to show off your duds. A winner will be judged and awarded a special prize. Afterwards, remain in costume or slip into something more comfortable and enjoy the myriad of great free activities. Just one more fun thing to do at Pumpkins in the Park!



Zero Waste

We’ve decided to make this a Zero Waste Event as defined by the City of San Jose. We hope you can help us meet the requirements…here are some of the things we are doing:


Eco-Stations will be strategically located throughout the event. They will offer visitors the option to place things in the trash, in the recycling bin, or in the composting bin.

All of the food we will be serving will be compostable itself and be served on paper products that can be composted.

Many of the materials used to produce the event are reusable, such as burlap table clothes, reusable signage, etc.

We’ve gone almost entirely digital…very few paper fliers were printed this year!

To learn more about this program, visit click here!




If you would like to be a vendor, sponsor, contributor or volunteer, please Contact Us

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