Once the Leaves Change Colors, You Can Carve that Pumpkin

While Colorado College and its student groups do a great job of initiating fall-themed activities on campus (for example, CC Spoon’s Fall Fest Bake-Off), nothing offers warm feelings of nostalgia like visiting the pumpkin patch, jumping in piles of leaves surrounded by fall foliage, or trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. But college students may be unfairly pegged as ‘suspicious’ or ‘undeserving’ candy snatchers if we go trick-or-treating. It’s like going back to your grade school and cleaning out the candy bowls after the fall carnival—it’s frowned upon. The good news is that there are plenty of community events going on in the next couple of weeks to get your fill of candy corn and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s a ritual as old as autumn itself and a boon to the local pumpkin growing community. This is the one time of year when premature jack-o-lanterns are not awkward.

Photos by Daniel Sarché

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There are two kinds of people in the world: those who carve the pumpkins, and those who smash them in the street. No matter which kind you are, you’re welcome to the pumpkin patch at Venetucci Farm, about a 15-minute drive from campus, tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. The pumpkins are priced at 50 cents per pound, and the average carving pumpkin weighs 12-18 pounds. If you are looking for something closer to campus, there is also a pumpkin patch in Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 and is dedicated to praying and remembering family members and friends who have passed away. There is a Day of the Dead art exhibit at the Bridge Gallery at 218 W. Colorado Ave. tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission—perfect for a study break to admire the artwork, especially for those unfamiliar with the tradition.

For anyone staying on campus during Block Break to recuperate from the Family and Friends and Homecoming Weekends, the Fine Arts Center (FAC) is hosting a costume sale on Saturday, Oct. 21 from noon to 5 p.m. All of the costumes are past outfits used in theater productions that took place at the FAC. And on Oct. 22, the Sunday before the Block 3 begins, stop by the Harvest Fest at the Beckett Event Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to stuff your face with fall-themed baked goods or to buy fun trinkets.

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