Ottumn Festival brings holiday spirit to campus

Students at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) brought their Halloween excitement to the Ottumn Festival on Oct. 21.

Divarty Quad transformed into an orange haven, filled with appropriately themed refreshments, activities, and ornamentation. 

The festival featured Residential Housing Association’s pumpkin patch and crafts by Makerspace. 

Pumpkins scattered around the event provided guests with a chance to express their artistic talent. Otters painted and infused illustrations on the abundance of jack-o’-lanterns. 

Tables, chairs, and blankets were stationed throughout the grass as the base of operations for pumpkin decoration.

The photo station helped attendees capture the moment with a background banner filled with autumn leaves. 

Snacks and warm apple cider were available, perfect for the rain and colder weather. 

Campus life has been reinvigorated, evident from the Ottum Festival’s strong attendance and enthusiastic atmosphere. 

Fourth-year Aimee Castellon found the event to be relaxing and a nice pause from the daily routine.

“I was excited to find out that CSUMB was doing this for their students,” Castellon said. “I had a lot of fun, a much needed break from school stress.” 

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