A slight chill filled the air as the sun began to set over the Crum-Armstrong Commons at SMU. The smell of a campfire lingered in the distance as students gathered around to listen to live music, carve pumpkins, and try their hand at carnival games. Crum Commons’ Great Crumpkin event transformed an often quiet space into a festive and vibrant gathering on Friday, Oct. 14.
“When we first began the Great Crumpkin event two years ago, we had decided on the Snoopy and Woodstock theme, and the budget was a bit smaller than we have this year,” said Ben Woodruff, sophomore and President of Crum Commons.
Caroline Brunner, sophomore and Residential Assistant in Crum Commons, ran the activities group in charge of setting up the raffle and games, which were both big highlights of the evening.
“We have given away prizes like Yeti tumblers, speakers, and stuffed animals,” said Brunner as she prepared for the next raffle drawing.
A string of twinkle lights sprinkled the perimeter of the quad as Blue Apollo took the stage to close out the music showcase. An amusing cover of “Benny and the Jets” finished the set as the short film competition screening was about to begin.
Taylor Slanton, a freshman and resident of Ware Commons, conversed with her roommate as they waited for the screening to start.
“My favorite thing was the ring toss because I magically got three rings on the poles and I have no clue how I did that,” said Slanton while she clutched her prize.
As the buzzing subsided and the crowds began to disperse, another successful Great Crumpkin came to an end. Next year is sure to not disappoint.
*Disclaimer: Allison Plake is a contributor for The Daily Campus.