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October 30, 2010 Halloween in McMurdo

Halloween made its way to McMurdo!

In the last few weeks, ghosts and spider webs mysteriously appeared in our lab and dorms. Sugar cookies in the shape of pumpkins showed up in the galley. Excitement was in the air as the station prepared for the annual McMurdo Halloween Party.

Though we didn't have trick-or-treaters, pumpkins, or haunted houses, we had plenty of creative costumes. Sheets turned into mountains, lampshades into hats, and rags into shirts as people raided the skua piles and their dorm rooms. With a little help from wigs from the recreation department or props buried in suitcases, the creative juices were flowing as people transformed into crazy creations like beer gardens, mountains, punks, showers, happy campers, dorms, or other objects associated with our beloved harsh continent. After costumes were finalized with staples and duct tape, we packed into the gym here at McMurdo. Dancing until late into the night, we had a fun time. The creativity with the costumes was the best though the strangest part was the fact that it was still bright daylight at 1 am when we finally found our way to our beds.

Getting ready
Painting Julie the jellyfish
the Mad Hatter
DJ striking a pose as the Mad Hatter
Tina the Piston Bully
Tina the Piston Bully - Grrrr
Julie the jellyfish
Julie the jellyfish
laughing Paul
Paul laughing the night away!
Group at Halloween
Our little group!
homeless in Antarctica
Yes - there are homeless people in Antarctica - on Halloween!
the gym at halloween
A crazy assortment of costumed people packed in the gym.
Jano rock
The janitors put on quite a show! Jano punk rock
Observation Hill
Observation Hill (One of the hills right outside of McMurdo) won one of the costume contests

We hope you all enjoy your Halloween!

Photos

Group at Halloween
Getting ready
the Mad Hatter
laughing Paul
Tina the Piston Bully
Julie the jellyfish
the gym at halloween
Jano rock
Observation Hill
homeless in Antarctica

Details

Tina Sander's picture
Author: Tina Sander
Expedition: Antarctic Seafloor Ecology
Weather Summary: Sunny, clear, and somewhat warm! Eternal daylight for Halloween
Temperature: 3.0° F
Wind Chill: -5° F
Wind Speed: 3mph