The three most creative pumpkins participants will win a Kindle Fire
By Brianna Rodrigue
Students showed their creative and inner-kid side Oct. 24 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center by painting and bedazzling pumpkins for a chance to win a Kindle Fire at Screamfest today.
The Campus Activities Board paid for 30 big pumpkins and 16 little pumpkins for students to decorate and enjoy time off from their studies.
“This gives students a chance to have fun and decorate a pumpkin the way they want to,” Carrie Hernandez, senior student success specialist, said.
Paint, glitter, glue guns, pipe cleaners, beads, sequins and bedazzled beads were offered to students as decoration pieces.
There were three categories for students to compete in, such as the most creative or original, the funniest and the scariest.
One person from each category will be picked to win a Kindle Fire.
A Just for Fun category was included for students to showcase their pumpkin at Screamfest.
Nursing freshman Elizabeth Perez was on her way to the bookstore to purchase a scantron for her test when Hernandez stopped to invite her to decorate a pumpkin.
“Once I got to the bookstore, I found out my test was canceled so I came back down to decorate a pumpkin,” Perez said. “This is a relief because I get to get my mind off of school. I was pretty stressed over the test I was supposed to take.”
Perez decorated her pumpkin with black stripes.
Nursing freshman Jodie Smith painted the entire pumpkin bright yellow and made a red tie out of pipe cleaners to create SpongeBob SquarePants.
“This is really fun, and it changes the atmosphere of going to class and learning. Instead, I got to go to school today to paint a pumpkin,” Smith said. “It’s nice that this campus does fun things for us to do, and it also challenges my inner-child side.”
Smith said she will keep her pumpkin as a decoration outside her apartment door.
Computer science freshman Ethan La Fleur wanted to be creative by expressing himself.
“I wanted something that describes me so I went with my nationality. I wrote ‘Italian’ for my race, painted spaghetti since it is my favorite dish and painted the because I hope to visit it one day,” La Fleur said.
Math freshman Ingrid Zamora saw a poster about the pumpkin-decorating contest and wanted to make an appearance before her 1 p.m. class.
“I thought it would be fun to come and be able to paint what I want on a pumpkin,” Zamora said.
Zamora drew a creepy haunted house and submitted the pumpkin for the Just for Fun category.
The pumpkins will be showcased at Screamfest, a campuswide Halloween festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the mall.