Carving pumpkins with international students

Carving pumpkins with international students
Eugene - We're getting closer to the spookiest holiday of the year, and while some of you are getting your decorations ready, there's still one thing left to do.

Creating a jack-o-lantern for many is the symbol of Halloween, and Friday, one group of students got a chance to carve into our American tradition for the first time.

It's another year, another stab at carving pumpkins. It's an American tradition through and through, from selecting that perfect pumpkin, to putting all that thought into a face.

Some L.C.C. students are rolling up their sleeves and digging into the tradition. And what makes the group unique is they're international students and for many of them it's the first time their carving into the American tradition.

The students represent more than 12 countries, and for them, carving a pumpkin is completely foreign. "It's my first time, and it's very fun," says Sayaka Igaraski from Japan.

"I think it's very entertaining, yeah and it's very creative," says Galina Quigluy of Moldova.

Some of the students are doing it by the books like Abdul Aziz from Saudi Arabia. "I just saw a couple of pictures and that's the one that impressed me and I tried to do it," he says.

While other students are starting a new tradition. "It can be used for anything else," says Hilaro Martinez, from Mexico, as he demonstrates wearing pumpkin pieces as a mustache.

Well it may not be everyone's taste, but the organizers say it gives the students a hands on to American culture.

"It's just part of the whole American experience and it just makes them feel wow, this is America," says organizer Beth Schenderlein. L.C.C. teacher Mike Weinstein agrees: "I know they'll always remember it, they might not remember what we talked about in class today but they'll remember this."

Organizers say they teach students about Halloween traditions every year on campus.