Spooky Staff Talent at the Panther Pumpkin Pageant

A “bloody” pumpkin on an operating table won the “most original” prize at the ninth annual Panther Pumpkin Pageant yesterday morning in the Attallah Piazza.

26 departments across Chapman University – with many of their members in costume – participated in the pageant, which included Cinderella in her famous pumpkin-shaped carriage and a Miley Cyrus doll on a pumpkin wrecking ball. “Best Chapman Theme” went to Schmid College, which created a pumpkin Keck Center with Chapman President Daniele Struppa and others inside. The Miley Cyrus pumpkin won the “Most Humorous” award.

Costume prizes were also awarded.

Prizes for costumes:

“Most Creative” goes to The Great Gatsby from the Office of the University Registrar

The department brought us all back to the 1920s with their flapper dresses and dazzling headpieces.

Paula Pearl graciously accepts the award. 


“Chapman Theme” goes to Coco Familia from Dodge College

Also dedicated to the Mexican holiday, Día de Muertos. They served Día de Muertos inspired pastries as part of their costume.


“Most Original” goes to Wilkinson Hall

“The Haunted Memorial Hall” gave everyone a quick trip to Disneyland through their costumes.


Prizes for pumpkin carving:

“Most Humorous” was awarded to University Advancement

They came in like a wrecking ball!


“Best Chapman Theme” goes to Schmid College

The new Keck Center was the star of this pumpkin display.

They humbly accepted their prize.


“Most Original” goes to Crean College

A frightening scene of a poor pumpkin getting carelessly operated on.

The “mad scientists” leaped and cheered with joy when they heard they had won.


This year’s pageant was a smashing success!

All photos by Jasmine Liu.





Jasmine Liu and Torian Mylott

Leave a Reply