A bunch of pumpkins

WAIPOULI — The creativity of the staff at the Courtyard by Marriott at Coconut Beach employees impressed  resort guests on Tuesday.

The hospitality hosts are putting on such a festive Halloween display, visitors were willing to interrupt their vacations Tuesday to take part in any way they could.

“May I vote?” Amy Jones, of Austin, Texas, wanted to know about the half dozen jack-o’-lanterns on display.

Yes, she’ll be allowed to cast a ballot for the scariest one.

That is, if she can decide.

“These are really good, and I don’t know which one is the best,” she said.

The contest pits the resort’s different departments against each other to determine which can knife the most creative pumpkin. Participating departments include the front desk, sales, housekeeping, food and beverage and kitchen.

Crystal Aguirre, Courtyard front office manager and event coordinator, said to help voters she created three categories to vote on: scariest, most creative and best overall.

Jaye Youn of the Courtyard’s sales department said this year, each department fielded a creation with the employees contributing to the overall Halloween display.

“The employees really did a good job,” Youn said. “Everyone got involved and we have some really nice creations.”

 Youn said guests will vote on the creations and the winners will be announced today, the day before Halloween.

Jade Qu, of Los Angeles, Calif., checked out the display on Tuesday.

She was deep in thought before selecting her choices — the curious Courtyard staff watching to see if she’d tip her hand by offering a reaction.

“This is really good,” said Aguirre, coordinating the event for the third year. “Thanksgiving is just for eating and enjoying food. Maybe we’ll see if we can come up with something more than stocking decorating for Christmas.”

The pumpkin creations are available for viewing in the Courtyard’s lobby area through Halloween.

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