Dozens of students packed into the Student Life Center lobby on Oct. 4 for Brookdale’s annual Pumpkin Painting and Carving Contest, hosted by the Office of Student Life and Activities.
Participants were given their choice of gourd and all the tools necessary to turn it into an artistic masterpiece or a horrifying Halloween creation.
The top three winners – selected by a panel of staff judges – received $150 in gift cards to the Scroll and Pen Bookstore, along with bragging rights for the rest of the semester. As a consolation prize, all contest participants were able to snack on Halloween-themed cupcakes, bowls of candy, fresh coffee and other refreshments.
Staff and students from the Brookdale Theater Club were also on hand to paint faces and give free zombie makeup tutorials, teaching students how to create a realistic, reusable “sock mask” for a fraction of the cost of a store-bought costume.
“It’s just a really fun way to kick off the fall season and bring students together,” said interim Student Life and Activities director Lauren Brutsman. “There are so many students involved, from the Student Life Board to the members of our International Students Association, representing so many different backgrounds and interests. It’s a great way to network, socialize and meet new people.”
Those sentiments were echoed by second-year Brookdale students Keyshawn Lawson and Choyce Schwartz, who teamed up to carve and paint an oversized pumpkin during the contest.
“I’ve gone to a lot of campus events, and I meet new people every single time,” said Lawson, a graphic design major. “It’s a great opportunity to stay active on campus and interact with people you might not otherwise meet.
“I mean, what could be better than carving some pumpkins, eating some cupcakes, listening to some music and just hanging out with friends?” Lawson added. “I’m in the Halloween spirit big time now.”
Learn more about Brookdale’s upcoming Student Life events by visiting the SLA webpage.
Check out more photos from the Pumpkin Painting and Carving Contest here.