By: Alaina Tepper, Staff Writer
Despite gloomy weather Sunday night, the Carvin’ Out a Good Time event delivered on its promise of a fun night. Held at the Paws Pavilion, students were safe from the rain as they carved pumpkin and chatted with friends both new and old.
“I wanted to have a fun event where all kids could come out and carve pumpkins and win awesome prizes,” Campus Activities Board Programming Chair Romario Coyoy said.
Pumpkin carving is a popular Halloween tradition, so students were able to get into the spooky seasonal spirit.
“Pumpkin carving is my favorite fall time thing so when I heard about it I was immediately pumped,” freshman biology major Callie Cromer said.
The event also offered those few students who haven’t carved a pumpkin before a chance to try out the creative tradition.
“I’ve only carved a pumpkin one time in my life, so I guess this is the second time,” freshman biology major Mary Lou Puglese said. “I’m not really pumpkin-savvy yet.”
It can be hard for some students to get into the Halloween spirit due to the limitations of a dorm and a bank account, but Carvin’ Out a Good Time offered pumpkins and seasonally appropriate treats without any of the usual worries.
“It’s the first real fall thing I’ve done so I’m really happy about it,” freshman pre-occupational therapy major Stephanie Papetti said.
In addition to being a fun time, the event was also a pumpkin carving competition. Pumpkins were judged on creativity and artistry by a board of CAB members.
The winners of the pumpkin carving competition were Isabelle Sala in fifth place, Irene Felton in fourth place, Leah Beiswinger in third place, Cromer in second place and Elena Alvarez in first place, winning a 32-inch Samsung TV.
“I think the best part is the social aspect,” sophomore psychology and sociology major Olivia Lumpkin said, “It’s cool to talk to other people who I normally don’t see on campus.”
The event was the first of its kind to come from CAB, but will not be the last according, to Coyoy.
“Towson CAB will have a lot of events like this in the future,” Coyoy said.