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Halloween spirit was alive and well on campus yesterday when the UCSD Bookstore held a costume contest and John Muir College celebrated its annual pumpkin drop.

Anna MacMurdo
Guardian

Scores of contestants — comprised of students, faculty and staff — filled the Price Center, all hoping to win in one of the contest’s four categories: funniest, scariest, most creative and incredibly fantastic.

“”It was exciting to see everyone dressed up,”” said Michelle Galyean, a Revelle freshman who stopped to watch the event.

Two prizes were awarded in each of the four categories. In the funniest category, students representing characters from the popular cartoon “”South Park”” won second place, while a student dressed as exercise guru Richard Simmons claimed first.

Sam Scoufos
Guardian

A group dressed as a variety of marine animals from the Birch Aquarium took second in the most creative category; first place went to a woman dressed as an explorer caught in a jungle native’s cooking pot.

Second place for most fantastic costume was awarded to a student dressed as a swimmer — his costume was comprised of a bright red Speedo. First place was given to a costume that resembled Ursula from Disney’s “”The Little Mermaid.””

The scariest costume award was given to a man dressed as the mechanical Borg from “”Star Trek: The Next Generation.””

Not to be outdone, Muir College hosted its own Halloween spectacle, holding the 26th annual Pumpkin Drop at the Muir residence halls.

At 12:30 p.m. students pushed Chuck, a 155-pound pumpkin, off the 11th floor of Tioga Hall. Students cheered as the candy-filled pumpkin hit the ground.

While the pumpkin drop itself attracted the most attention, the lawns directly in front of Tioga and Tenaya Halls were sprinkled with booths maintained by different Muir groups and remained a hubbub of activity — complete with music and a barbecue — long after the pumpkin had been dropped.

“”It was fabulous,”” said Benita Chung, a Muir junior. “”The booths were amazing and everyone seemed to be having a great time.””

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