Ambassador Pumpkin Carving

Can you believe that I made it to the age of 21 and a senior in college before carving my first pumpkin!?! I knew that for my last Halloween at Marist, I had to partake in this holiday activity.  So last week, I joined my fellow Ambassadors in entering Marist’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

The rules to the contest are that you are provided with only one pumpkin by Marist Club Affairs and have just one night to carve your best jack-o-lantern.

The night before the pumpkins were to be judged, we all gathered together to watch the Giants play the Cowboys and plot our pumpkin design. After we enjoyed snacks, provided by our gracious host, it was time to begin working on our pumpkin. While we all took part in cleaning out the inside of the pumpkin, we left the actual carving to the artistic members of our team. It was so much fun as we all worked together to create a pumpkin version of Marist’s mascot, Shooter the Fox!

As the pumpkin was being skillfully carved, we separated the seeds from the rest of the pumpkin and created a delicious fall snack by baking them! While I was hesitant at first to eat pumpkin seeds, they turned out to be absolutely delicious and I couldn’t help but go back for more! Apparently everyone felt the same as I did because they were all gone within 5 minutes! Even those watching the football game took their eyes off the TV to grab some!

Once we had Shooter’s face on the front of our pumpkin, we decided we needed to add something to the back; so we carved a tail for him! Finally, our red fox creation was complete and we put a candle inside to see how he looked. The glow from the candle made the carving come to life and I knew he was ready to enter the contest! I was very proud of our Shooter and was excited for the rest of the campus to see him the next day in the cafeteria for viewing.

All in all, it was a night full of laugher, fun with friends, delicious snacks, a great football game, and, of course, an amazing first pumpkin carving experience!

-Kristen Zirkel

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