MCAD student with their carved pumpkin
MCAD student with their carved pumpkin
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In any other circumstance, standing in a room of fifty or so knife-wielding young adults would be a terrifying thought. However, on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in the MCAD College Center, it was a joyous and festive occasion rather than a haunting nightmare. 

MCAD always does Halloween right. Throughout the week, there was a host of lovely events one could participate in, including a costume contest and a pumpkin carving night the evening before Halloween. Not to mention the countless, and I truly mean countless, bowls of candy placed in any corner of the school. 

I had the (slightly frightening) joy of carving my own pumpkin and chatting with other fellow carvers. I, unfortunately, faced the realization that my artistic skills do not extend to the medium of pumpkin and knife. Others, however, had the skills to pay the bills.

Felix and Emily, both first-year students (pictured below) posed for a spooky carving photo. Emily (right) chose to carve Michael Meyers’ signature knife, while Felix went for a comedic approach with a recreation of the “Fiery Elmo Meme.” I trust folks that are more internet-savvy than I can relate to the content. 
Pumpkin Carving

Fiery Elmo Meme

Madalyn, a sophomore, opted for a life-like photo carving of Hannibal Lector. 
Pumpkin Carving

Bastian, also a sophomore, carved a simple face into a gorgeous green pumpkin, although in talking to them a bit more, they admitted they were more excited about the seeds, which they would later roast with savory seasoning. 
Pumpkin Carving

As I walked out of the College Center, my own pumpkin seeds in hand, I felt overwhelmed with the spooky Halloween spirit. The sound of laughter and the smell of hot chocolate and pumpkin guts swelled around me. I truly believe that no matter how old you are, everyone deserves the childlike joy of Halloween traditions. So again, I reiterate, MCAD does Halloween right.