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Monterey Museum of Art Presents The Great Pumpkin Drive

October 13, 2020 | Allyson Hitte | Press Room, Press Room/Blog

The Monterey Museum of Art will be hosting The Great Pumpkin Drive at our La Mirada location, showcasing the pumpkin carving talents of our local artists and community. The community is invited to a FREE drive-through pumpkin art show, and encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to local non-profit All-In Monterey, with the option to make a monetary donation to MMA to support future programs. Our goal is to provide a creative, festive, and safe event for families, while promoting the spirit of giving back. 

Submit your spookiest or silliest pumpkin art!

Participants may carve their own designs, or choose from stencils inspired by our collection! Drop off will be Thursday, October 29 at MMA La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada. Be sure to label your artwork with your name and contact information if you would like to pick it up after the Drive. 


Choose one of our stencils of some of our favorite works in our collection!


Reserve your time to visit the show!

MMA volunteers and staff will be on-site for donation collection and to direct traffic. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register and select a time of entry. In the event of a high volume of traffic, cars will be directed to the MPC lower lots. The Great Pumpkin Drive will be completely contactless and we ask that all visitors remain in their vehicle for the duration of the show. Visitors will be also asked to wear COVID-19 appropriate masks. 

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Honor Dia de los Muertos

In honor of Dia de los Muertos, we will have a small ofrenda or altar visible for our visitors. Our ofrenda will be decorated with papel picado, sugar skull art and vibrant marigolds to celebrate the departed and keep them present in our lives. Contribute to our ofrenda with photos, art or other offerings for your loved ones. Be sure to label your offerings with your name and contact information if you’d like to pick them up after the drive.

Support our Community

What better way to celebrate a pumpkin art show than with a pumpkin pie? All-In Monterey will be on site collecting food donations for families of Monterey County. Contactless donation opportunities will be available.

Please see the wish list below to help provide the ingredients for families to bake together and enjoy a holiday meal.

Grocery store gift cards

Pumpkin pie filling

Pre-made pie crusts or pie crust mix

Canned fruit pie filling

Canned hams

Boxed stuffing mix

Instant mashed potatoes

Canned cranberry sauce

Turkey gravy (canned, bottled or dry mix)

Canned yams 


Canned or boxed cream of mushroom soup

Canned or boxed cream of butternut squash soup

Pasta salad mix boxes 

Muffin, cornbread or roll mix

Crackers and shelf-stable cheese


Summer sausage

Brownie or cake mix and frosting

Apple, cranberry, grape or other 100% fruit juice

Mini marshmallows

Canned corn

Canned green beans

Boxes or packets of French fried onions


Macaroni and cheese (for the littles)

Salt, pepper and Tabasco (or other hot sauce)

Baking and cooking spices

Cooking oil

Grocery store gift cards


MMA will also be collecting donations to support our COVID Relief Fund. Like many non-profits and small community businesses, the Monterey Museum of Art has been hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis. We rely on the support of our community and friends to help us through this difficult time so that we can continue to provide art access and inspire hope through art to all in Monterey County.

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The Fun Continues

After The Great Pumpkin Drive on Friday, join our community partner All-In Monterey for hALL-INween! This will not be a “consolation” Halloween, this will be a knock-your-socks-off hALL-INween for the families across Monterey, ALL while being covid safe! Any pumpkins not picked up from the Museum after Friday’s Great Pumpkin Drive will be delivered to Seaside High and featured at Saturday’s hALL-INween where the Museum will host a booth, joining other community organizations in handing out treats to the children and admiring their costumes.

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Event Details

Admission: FREE

Thursday, Oct 29 Submission Drop-Off

12 – 7 pm Drop off at 720 Via Mirada

Friday, Oct 30 The Great Pumpkin Drive

4:30 – 5:30 pm Member Preview Registration 

5:30 – 8:30 pm Public Viewing


Would you like to be a Sponsor and see your logo here?

This event at the Monterey Museum of Art is made possible by generous support from local organizations. Contact advancement@montereyart.org or call 831.372.5477 x115 to become a valuable sponsor.