Nada Eissa, a second-year engineering student, decorates a mason jar. (Photo by Morgan Bocknek)

If you had a hankering to paint a pumpkin in the middle of the street on a Tuesday, the Fall Festival was not to be missed.

Hosted by Student Life Programs and the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), the Gould Street event had a variety of festive activities, snacks and coupons for those passing by to check out.

The event ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students could decorate mason jars, paint pumpkins and take photos against a backdrop of stacked hay bales and pumpkins. There was free hot chocolate and caramel apples that could be decorated with a variety of sprinkles and candy. Boston Pizza also handed out coupons and free slices of pizza.

Stephanie Almeida, a first-year student in undeclared science, said the hot food at the festival was a great way to warm up.

“There’s free pizza and hot chocolate. It’s cold out, it’s nice to enjoy free food,” she said.

Kylie Brozic, a first-year biology student, said the festival was a fun distraction from school.

“(Halloween) is my favourite holiday. You get to dress up, it’s creative. I’ll do anything that’s Halloween or fall related.”


Boston Pizza had a stand at the festival where staff handed out coupons and free pizza. (Photo by Morgan Bocknek)


Students hot glued fall-themed decorations to mason jars at one Fall Festival stand. (Photo by Morgan Bocknek)


Kevin Sarwari, fourth-year chemistry student, dressed as a hot dog and got a caramel apple slice at the Fall Festival. (Photo by Morgan Bocknek)


One stand at the Fall Festival allowed students to paint and decorate pumpkins. (Photo by Morgan Bocknek)

Morgan Bocknek is a teaching assistant focused in investigative journalism at Ryerson University, where she is also in her final year of study. Most recently, she was a reporter for part two of the unprecedented Price of Oil series. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Moncton Times & Transcript, Snapd Newspapers, Today's Parent Magazine, Huffington Post and more.

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