That ‘Fall Feeling’ Returns to CSUN at Pumpkin Fest

  • Student holding pumpkin picks out a candy apple.

    Students were treated to fun fall goodies at Pumpkin Fest, Oct. 12. Photo by David J. Hawkins

  • Lots of pumpkins on a table.

    The biggest draw to Pumpkin Fest? Free pumpkins! Several tables lined with pumpkins welcomed students to the event. Photo by David J. Hawkins

  • Person holding sunflowers

    Guests received free sunflowers, carving kits and candy apples as well as pumpkins. Photo by David J. Hawkins

  • Three people pose holding pumpkins over their heads

    The two photo booth opportunities gave students new fall photos for their social media. Photo by David J. Hawkins

  • Four people wearing masks pose for photo in photo booth

    In-person events have been limited since the beginning of the pandemic. With COVID protocols in place, outdoor events like Pumpkin Fest have returned. Photo by David J. Hawkins

  • People pick out pumpkins

    Pumpkin Fest is a popular annual event at CSUN. The event returned after a hiatus last year due to the pandemic. Photo by David J. Hawkins

CSUN students received a dose of that “fall feeling” last week at Pumpkin Fest. The annual event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, is organized by Associated Students and the University Student Union (USU) and features free pumpkins, treats and fun activities.

Though this year’s event, which took place on Oct. 12, featured more social distancing and COVID safety protocols, but not much else changed from years past. A long line of eager students trailed through the USU, waiting to pick their perfect pumpkin from the tables. Students then had an opportunity to stop at one of two photobooths, where they could pose with their new gourd and their friends in front of a pleasant fall background. Candy apples, pumpkin carving kits and sunflowers wrapped up the giveaways.

Many students gathered at tables throughout the Plaza del Sol, where the event took place, their pumpkins filling the table space in front of them. The only thing left to do: figure out how they were going to fit a pumpkin in their backpacks.

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