First time carving pumpkins.

Halloween has always been a strange celebration for me. Coming from Malaysia where the people love borrowing (for the lack of a better term) celebrations from the West, I have seen Halloween celebrations at local malls before. This being my second year in Ohio, I have also experienced Halloween here. Somehow, I never grasped the … Read more

Halloween has always been a strange celebration for me. Coming from Malaysia where the people love borrowing (for the lack of a better term) celebrations from the West, I have seen Halloween celebrations at local malls before. This being my second year in Ohio, I have also experienced Halloween here. Somehow, I never grasped the concept.

Each year, the Association of International Students hosts a Halloween event at Mount Union’s Nature Center. A simple event, really. We sit around a fire, roast hot dogs and roast marshmallows to make s’mores. I like s’mores. Right after, we will head inside the Nature Center and carve pumpkins.

It is a great sight to see international students, my peers, carving pumpkins for the first time. Their excitement was actually the highlight of my night. I think pumpkin carving has no age limit. It is a good stress reliever for us college students. Everyone gets to express their creative side. Things got pretty creative if I may say so myself.