UCSD kicks off halloween weekend with pumpkin drop

The 36th annual pumpkin drop at UCSD. Photo: Courtesy

The 350-pound pumpkin plummeting.

Students sort through pumpkin guts to find candy.

For the 36th year, UCSD students dropped a humongous candy-filled pumpkin from the 11th story of Tioga Hall, the tallest building on the Muir College campus, on Friday.

Weighing 350 pounds, the students in the Muir Residents’ Council named it “Drop & Give Me 50″ in recognition of UCSD’s 50th anniversary.

The pumpkin contained an assortment of individually wrapped candy, which students scurried to claim. The pumpkin’s “splat” is measured each year. The largest occurred in 1995, when a 398-pound pumpkin was dropped and splatted over 100 feet.

The largest splat in the history of the pumpkin drop occurred in 1995, when a 398-pound pumpkin spewed over 100 feet.

Video below from the 2007 pumpkin drop:
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Posted by Halie Johnson on Oct 29, 2010. Filed under Featured Story, News, Schools. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “UCSD kicks off halloween weekend with pumpkin drop”

  1. Terry

    Wow, 36 years! I went to UCSD, Muir and lived in Tioga in '71-'74. No pumpkin drop then, but we always went to the watermellon drop at Urey Hall. Our freshman physics had a problem relating to watermelons falling from Urey and an enactment of that happened each spring at the end of finals week. In October Muir had an unofficial streaking party.

    I guess there has been time for changes!

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