Pumpkins, Pirates and "Gangnam Style" Invade YVR

YVR Halloween costume contest entrantsThe airport showed off its artistic flair, spooky creativity and bizarre imagination when almost 100 people participated in YVR’s annual Halloween Costume Contest and Pumpkin Carving Contest on October 31.

This year’s standout costumes ranged from an airport-themed duo, to a beekeeper with a hidden baby bee.  However, one costume truly stood out for its ingenuity as well as carefully constructed makeup and attire that inspired just the right level of cringe-inducing Halloween fear.  The winner, Patrick Switzer, wasn’t even planning on participating in the Halloween Costume Contest.  He was simply travelling through the airport in his ‘Dia de los Muertos’ costume when a YVR volunteer suggested he participate.

This year’s Pumpkin Carving Contest was memorable not only for designs ranging from a Gangnam-style gourd to a Fairmont Vancouver Airport teapot, but also because of the sheer enormity of the winning pumpkin.  BCIT Aerospace student Michael Valeroso carved his winning three-sided Evil Face design into a pumpkin that weighed a whopping 60 kilograms. 

Both contests took place at The Haida Gwaii: The Spirit of the Jade Canoe sculpture and many members of the community gathered to watch the costume contest entrants compete on the catwalk and marvel at the extraordinary pumpkin designs. 

The winners of both the carving and costume contests were both awarded a new iPad 2.  Clearly, they have set a high standard for the YVR community in 2013. 

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