Halloween Spirit at Scripps Pumpkin Carving Competition

Posted: October 31, 2012

If Saturday’s Residence Hall Pumpkin Decorating Contest is any indication, Scripps students returned from fall break ready to compete. The activity, hosted jointly by Scripps Activities Team, the dorm activities chair, and hall senators, featured teams outdoing one another in transforming pumpkins into spook-tacular decorations for Halloween.

Clark Hall took best in show with its design, a Cinderella carriage that utilized glitter and smaller pumpkins for wheels. Juniors Dana Von Shaumburg and Blake Laufer worked with senior Kelsey Mesa and first year Priscilla Wang on the idea.

“We were short on time and we didn’t have a stencil, so I thought we should do something where we could use the pumpkin,” said Dana. “It was low-maintenance; we ran with it and we all contributed.” The team received both tickets each to the Laemmle movie theater in Claremont and a strobe light to put in their pumpkin on Halloween.

First runner-up was Toll, which carved Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants, followed by Routt’s “Haunted Gates of Scripps,” which depicted the traditional Scripps arches with cobwebs and ghosts. Also-rans include Browning’s squirrel and Humans vs. Zombies carvings, Dorsey’s bat flying over a jack-o-lantern, and Off-Campus’s heart-themed carvings. Wilbur Hall earned 50 points, one team member still carving while results were being announced.

President Lori Bettison-Varga and her daughter presided over the contest with Dean of Students Bekki Lee and the hall directors. Each was asked to rank their favorite pumpkins based on creativity, teamwork, and execution.

“It was fun to see everyone out here being creative on a very warm fall day,” President Bettison-Varga said. “We really appreciated the teamwork; it was excellent across the board, as we expect from Scripps students.”  “I am most proud of the fact that each hall got to bring back its own large pumpkin and glow-in-the-dark sticks [to light them on Halloween],” said dorm activities chair Phuong Bui ‘15. “They’ll contribute to enhance the Halloween atmosphere at Scripps on Halloween.

“All of the pumpkins were beautiful, and I hope this event will become a tradition at Scripps for years to come.”This event was one of many Phuong plans to host as part of a semester-long hall spirit competition. “All participants who signed in will receive hall participation points,” she said. “This rule will go for future inter-hall competitions as well. At the end of each semester, the winning dorm will receive a food party.”

As for trick-or-treating on campus? “Our house will be open!” President Bettison-Varga said while discussing a fog machine and cobwebs she and her daughter will use to decorate Revelle House.

– Rachel Grate ’15

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