Halloween Gives ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About

  • A baby sits surrounded by pumpkins at the CSUN Pumpkin Fest.

    A baby sits among the pumpkins in the patch at CSUN’s 2019 Pumpkin Fest. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Two students take their pictures with their pumpkins at CSUN’s 2019 Pumpkin Fest.

    Students pose with their free pumpkins at CSUN’s 2019 Pumpkin Fest. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • A forklift delivers a big box of pumpkins to CSUN’s 2019 Pumpkin Fest patch.

    A fresh batch of pumpkins is brought in via forklift for CSUN’s 2019 Pumpkin Fest. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • A student poses for pictures with her pumpkin in front of a Fall themed backdrop at CSUN's 2019 Pumpkin Fest.

    Halloween backdrops and free pumpkins spiced up students’ 2019 Pumpkin Fest photos. Photo by Lee Choo.

Hundreds of students flocked to Matador Square on Oct. 29 for a chance to get a free pumpkin at CSUN’s 2019 Pumpkin Fest, just days prior to Halloween. CSUN’s Associated Students (AS) and the University Student Union organized the October celebration.

Students participated in activities and games at various stations, filling their Pumpkin Fest punchcards to gain entrance to the pumpkin patch.

Third-year students Chelsea Albelo and Desiree Cuadra played ring toss and took red carpet-esque photos in front of Halloweeny step-and-repeat stations before selecting their free pumpkin.

“I just want to display mine,” Cuadra said. “Just no carving.” Albelo was sure she wanted to carve her pumpkin, but with what design, she wasn’t sure.

A DJ spun live music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., encouraging students to dance, while vendors at the weekly AS Farmers Market served food and drinks, including seasonal favorites such as apple cider and pie.

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