The Great Crumpkin brings Halloween style to campus

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The light and set of the Great Pumpkin. Photo credit: Doreen Qin

*Editor’s Note: 10:40 a.m. Oct. 29 – This story has been edited throughout.

A cool breeze brought a fall chill to SMU on Sunday. The third annual Great Crumpkin festival brought a festive Halloween atmosphere to campus.

Students watched performances on the stage, grabbed free kettle corn and enjoyed painting pumpkins.

“We’ve checked in around 400, but parents and children also come,” president of Crum Commons Spencer Yale said. “There’re probably 500 people who have been through this tonight.”

The event provided free dinner, kettle corn, apple cider, and candy for students and families. This year, 10 student groups and solo singers performed on the stage throughout the night.

“I love all of the acts that’ve been gone up and [the] great food,” freshman Ryne Osborne said.

A capella performance on the stage. Photo credit: Doreen Qin

The festival gave students who live on campus a nice break from studying and a way to celebrate Halloween early.

“I was studying and saw it out of my window, so I decided to go,” freshman Adeline Beattie said. “It’s really cute [and] fun, now it’s just nice and kind of makes it seems more like home.”

Many young children also attended with their families, who enjoyed painting pumpkins and eating treats.

Pumpkin painting
Children paint pumpkins at the Great Crumpkin festival. Photo credit: Doreen Qin

Senior marketing major Kristin Kapusta had never been to the event before but was glad that she had a chance to attend.

“I’ve known that’s been going on for years, even since I was a freshman I’ve known about it. I’ve actually never been to it, believe it or not, my whole time here,” Kapusta said. “It’s fantastic. I love all the music. This whole thing is really cool.”

Giant Pumpkin
A giant pumpkin sits in front of Crum Commons for the Great Crumpkin Festival. Photo credit: Doreen Qin

Crum Commons also collaborated with the Division of Film to host a horror movie contest. The short films were shown at the festival and the judges voted for winners for eight categories.

The best overall film will have an invitation to the Rack Focus Film Festival in November.

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