by Angelo Bottoni
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s a good time to look back to the fun we had recently at the Father Alfred Center Pumpkin Carving Contest. For years, the pumpkin carving has been a tradition here at FAC that allows the residents to engage the Halloween spirit in a way that is fun and safe.
This year designs were drawn, and carving began promptly at 4PM. Participants had 1 hour to flex their creative muscles and complete their carvings. They remained on display for two days before staff members from Saint Anthony Foundation came down from 150 Golden Gate Ave to clandestinely judge the best and spookiest pumpkins of the patch. Finally prizes were awarded to the top three pumpkins, at the weekly house meeting, by Father Alfred Center counselors.
We have an entire month each year to anticipate Halloween. We plan costumes and parties that ultimately harold the beginning of the holiday season. Most of the pumpkins are gone now, but the holiday spirit lives on.