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Grow Hosts Annual Pumpkin Guess-A-Roo

Oct 11, 2021 11:50AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Do you want to win a giant pumpkin? GROW is hosting its famous Pumpkin Guess-A-Roo in Manhattan Beach once again this year. Guess its weight and you can bring it home.

The bright orange behemoth sits just inside the front window at GROW. Check it out (no lifting allowed!), write down your guess and your contact information on a piece of paper, and submit it.

The winner will have the pumpkin delivered to their doorstep on Friday, October 29.

This year's pumpkin is the biggest one yet, GROW owner Barry Fisher told DigMB.

Plus, the contest is always entertaining, added Fisher, noting that he has loved seeing little kids come in and make outlandish guesses through the years ("4,000 pounds?"). 

This year, he said, he has already overheard kids trying to puzzle it out with such thoughts as “It’s like a mommy weight, not a kid weight," and “I think it weighs as much as that table next to it."

One year, said Fisher, "The best was a little boy who measured the height of the pumpkin putting one fist on top of the other until he had the number of 'fists' high: 32. He then said, 'My fist weights 1 lb, so the pumpkin weighs 32 lbs.'  I wanted to load it into his car that second."

GROW is located at 1830 N. Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach. 

Halloween Heads Up for Manhattan Beach

Feeling in the Halloween spirit already? We have a few more Halloween heads-ups (head-ups?) for Manhattan Beach to get you in the spirit:

Nightmare Before Christmas on Palm Ave: The Nightmare Before Christmas on Palm Ave produced by the Zipperman family has started its annual light and music show (at the corner of 19th and Palm Ave. in Manhattan Beach). From Monday-Thursday, the show runs at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 p.m. On Friday-Sunday, the show runs at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 p.m.

Great Pumpkin Race: The 31st Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival is a FREE event and will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the Manhattan Pier beginning at 12:00 p.m. The day-long Downtown Halloween Festival and Pumpkin Race will be filled with fun, excitement, surprises and laughter for all ages. Races begin at 2:00 PM sharp.

Munchkin Masquerade: Manhattan Village will host a festive family day out at its "Munchkin Masquerade" on Saturday, October 30 from 2-4 pm. Kids ages 3-10 will be entertained with Halloween crafts, center-wide trick-or-treating, strolling entertainment, games, and more. Events will take place outside in the newly reimagined Plaza in the Village Shops as well as inside the shopping center. Crafts will be limited to the first 200 children to attend the event and will be distributed at 2 pm.

The first 100 families to bring a non-perishable item to be donated to St. Paul's Project: NEEDS will take home a mini pumpkin in appreciation. Items can be brought to the Concierge booth inside the center or at the Plaza outside in the Village Shops. Please note that cans with pull-tabs are the most useful.

This event is free and open to the public and only children ages 3-10 will need a ticket. To RSVP and secure a ticket visit and for more information email [email protected].

Haunted Hotel: Adults can spend Halloween weekend at Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach’s Haunted Hotel Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30th. From 8 p.m. to midnight, you can dress in costume, take to the dance floor with DJ Splyce, and upgrade to VIP Bottle Service with a VIP package. Special room rates start at $389, including two tickets to the party. Individual party tickets are $50 and the first 50 guests to arrive between 8 and 9 p.m. will receive a complimentary cocktail.

Halloween Golf Cart Parade: A Halloween Golf Cart Parade will take place on Sunday, October 31. Arrive at noon with your decorated golf cart at Pacific Elementary at noon. Prizes will be announced at 12:45 p.m. The parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will roll through Manhattan Beach.

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