ARC shows Halloween spirit with display


Kevin Sheridan

The Jack-o-Lantern set up in the atrium was set up from donations from ARC staff.

Kevin Sheridan and Kevin Sheridan

A group of classified staff and faculty set up a Halloween display in the atrium of the administration building.

The display features scarecrows, pumpkins, and gourds.

The display, spearheaded by Ann Stepper, is set up annually.

American River College staff members donated the items included in the display, including shirts for the scarecrows, pumpkins, gourds and flowers.

The display’s organizers began setting up the display at the beginning of October and set items up throughout the month.

The organizers say they also want to set up lights to illuminate the display and bring a sense of ambience to the display.

They say the lights will also help transition to a holiday theme for a display that will be set up during the holiday months of November and December.

Stepper said the reason the display was set up was to brighten the day of people who pass by.

“I like to give a little joy to others. It breaks the monotony, its different to look at. It puts a smile on my face, and I hope it puts a smile on other’s face,” said Stepper.

Stepper says this is her first time designing for the display, and says she wanted to set up the display in a different way than the organizers from previous years.

“I tried to get the whole 360 degree experience to use all the area in there. (The display) gives you something different to look at everytime you walk around,” said Stepper.

Another member of the display team said she set up the display simply to create a more artistic environment around ARC.

“I enjoy decorating, it’s a passion of mine and it’s an act of creation. It can change an environment and is something that can be accomplish(ed) in a short period of time,” said Kimberly Denley-Willis, a volunteer who helped set up the display.