Spooky MCR Pumpkin Carving @ Catz House

(text credits: Serkan Birgel | picture credits: Anna Ventouratou, Beth Larsen)

It was the night before Christmas … wait, no that’s later. It was the day when Catz MCR Men’s football team brushed aside Jesus College MCR 6-0 or 7-0 – the details don’t really matter when it gets to that point. I had decided to check out the pumpkin carving event hosted at Catz House for a number of reasons.

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First, I had never been to Catz House before and due to the recent efforts of our MCR members to put Catz House on the map, I thought this would be a perfect way of acquainting myself with the place.

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Secondly, I had never really done Halloween properly, never made a real event out of pumpkin carving or dressing up. As I write, I lament a missed the HalloQueen event, though already hoping that I’ll get to do it next year (again). Luckily, I got this murderous couple instead

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But I digress. So, I had decided to carve a spooky octopus. A friend of a friend had carved one and displayed it at my house, and I was so impressed by it that I simply had to give it a go. I encountered a scene of pumpkin seeds, black bin liners, and a joyous corpus of MCR members happily carving away.

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Replete with bouts of conversation and laughter were moments of solemn concentration in getting one’s pumpkin *just right*.

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It took longer than I thought to get the insides out, but the company of Anna, Farrukh, Paulina, Beth and Richard, Yossi and others saw me through.

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In the end, there was an array of beautifully decorated pumpkins (large and small) which thankfully made their way to the MCR itself.

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But there was one pumpkin that stood out, not to detract of course from the winning pumpkin, but a 7-legged Octopus who sadly fell later to pieces— in transit, though, I maintain!

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All in all, the pumpkin carving event was a great success, continuing in the long line of impressive and novel events put on this year by our MCR – On this note, a very special thanks to Beth Larsen and others at Catz House for their fantastic dedication to building the Catz house community!