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Pumpkin Carving

Have you heard about pumpkin parties? It is a holiday party designed for Halloween.

This fall season, I had a very good time attending a Pumpkin Party with my friends. At the party, everyone brought a pumpkin to carve and most people dressed up for fun. My dress up style was a “Hippie girl.” So, I wore a dress with peace signs to express love and headbands, which is also an ingredient for being a hippie girl.

This was my first time to attend a pumpkin party to carve a pumpkin. I chose “turkey” to be my theme for carving my first pumpkin because it is pretty, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to crave a turkey in a hard pumpkin until I started craving. However, I never gave up even though it was not easy to carve a turkey. My friends looked at my hard work and encouraged me. Finally, I finished the Turkey Pumpkin. I really like it and I’m very proud of myself. Have you ever seen a turkey carved in a pumpkin?

Here is my work!


Happy almost Halloween!   It’s the last week of October already; can you believe it?  If you haven’t had a chance to do any festive activities, Fontbonne has a few going on this week that you might want to attend:

Fall Festival–Okay, so this one was last week.  But if you missed it, you definitely want to go next year!  Campus organizations come together in the meadow (or the AMC when it rains) and celebrate the end of October with all kinds of fall activities.  This year, NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association) had baby pumpkins to paint and BSO (Biological Sciences Organization) had big pumpkins for carving. RHA (Residence Hall Association) had some delicious cookies to decorate (and to eat, of course). There was also chili, apple cider, and . . . (wait for it) . . . a crepe truck!  The cardinals game was also playing on the huge blow-up screen, so no one missed any of the action while enjoying the party. So if you missed the fall festival this year, make sure you come next year!

Candy grams:

Monday-Wednesday this week, FAB is selling candy grams. If you’d like to go all Mean Girls on your friends, you can order them some candy grams to be picked up in the DSAC on Thursday 11:30-1:30.  You go, Glen Coco!

Halloween Havoc:

This is taking place on Thursday from11:30-1:30 in the DSAC (candy gram coincidence? I think not).  I hear they have caricature drawings and apple cider. You should stop by if you have time.

One last thing:  I promised you an update on my pumpkin carving. Well…

Voila!  One and a half hours and a very messy kitchen later.

You can guess which one is mine (the one that took 1 1/2 hours to scrape thin enough for the light to show through).  Happy Halloween!


Ahh, sweet St. Louis…Bustling with cultural events and all sorts of other shindigs. The leaves are all changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, and the days are getting shorter. So, what exactly is there to do this time of year? Let’s see…Recently, the Botanical Gardens hosted the Japanese Festival, the Cardinals are playing their way to win a spot in the World Series, and some sweet bands are coming into town soon. Aside from scheduled happenings, you can go to the STL Ice Zone – the official practice facility of the Blues, take a carriage ride through the city, or get a scare at Six Flags Fright Fest/The Darkness/Lemp Brewery/CreepyWorld!

My personal favorite fall activity to do in St. Louis is pumpkin carving/picking. I remember I would always get my hopes up to try and find The Great Pumpkin! Now, it’s leisurely, simple, and nostalgic for me. No matter how old you are, once you go back to a pumpkin patch, part of you feels much younger again.
In short, even if there isn’t a ‘super psychedelic’ event going on, you are sure to find something fun and exciting to do.


When I saw pumpkins, I knew Halloween was coming.

This year, I’ve done my first pumpkin craving with my friends at Fontbonne.

Last Thursday, Fontbonne offered an interesting activity–carving pumpkins–to students. Actually, I’ve never thought about carving pumpkin by myself until my friend, Carlos, invited me to do it. When I saw the huge pumpkin, I was going to give up carving the pumpkin because it was too heavy for me. My friend Carlos, however, just gave me a big hand in the last few minutes. He said: “Penny, I can help you take off the top of your pumpkin, then you just need to scoop out the seeds and focus on crafting your own pumpkin.” Sure, I said. So, I did my first pumpkin carving at Fontbonne. Wow, it was a very unique experience.

Actually, carving a pumpkin looks so simple but it’s really hard, because there is too much work to carve a pumpkin: take off the top, and take out all the seeds inside. Moreover, the skin of the pumpkin is hard, so you need to be very careful when you carve it. I know one of my friends cut her finger when she carved her pumpkins.

Here are some tips for carving pumpkins that I’ve learned in the United States:

  1. You can use the pumpkin carving tool sets they sell in stores.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut off the top of the pumpkin.
  3. Wear a pair of glasses to protect your eye from the dust.
  4. Scoop out seeds with a spoon.
  5. Wear gloves to take out the seeds, in case your hand feels sensitive about it.
  6. Remember to store those seeds to roast them. The flavor of roast pumpkin seeds is so delicious.

Even though it’s a little dangerous to use knife to cut a pumpkin by myself, I still feel it’s so much fun to cut it. I enjoy carving a pumpkin!


This is Halloween

by Alumni Posts October 24, 2012

Cobwebs on front porches, jack-o-lanterns illuminating in yards, bulk candy sales, haunted house advertisements…Yep, it’s that time of year again when you see, hear, and taste Halloween all around you. Such decorations are seen on campus at this time as well. And, Fontbonne is hosting a Halloween event, the annual Fall Fest, this Thursday October […]

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by Alumni Posts November 2, 2011

I feel like this year Halloween wasn’t just one day but was a whole weekend. Since I was a little kid I always loved this holiday. What could be better? I got to dress up, stay out later, get way to much candy, and there was no school the next day. Although, I’ve grown out […]

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The Big Fall Event

by Alumni Posts October 28, 2011

Last night, a handful of Fontbonne Clubs put together “The Big Fall Event” to celebrate Halloween!! There were so many entertaining and different activities!! Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Carving Contest, Unwrapping a Starburst with your teeth, Costume Contest– just to name a few! I’d name some more but I was sooo distracted by the Pumpking […]

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