Texas A&M ‘Flight of the Great Pumpkin’ Tradition Is a Halloween Terror

by Chase Thomas
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What a season thus far for the Texas A&M Aggies out there in College Station. Jimbo Fisher’s team got off to a rough start to kick off the 2021 college football season. Their starting quarterback Haynes King was knocked out early in the season and the offense sputtered from there. It was a brutal blow for a program that had a legitimate case for the College Football Playoff last season. This is no longer the case in College Station. Fisher’s team righted the ship. Another extension meant he had to right the ship.

Now, the Aggies are rolling and just beat the previously No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.

However, Halloween is less than a week away and Texas A&M is in the news again, but for something very different. It is for a spooky tradition that many college fans were previously unaware of before the tradition went viral this week.

There is a lot to unpack from this tradition in College Station. The Aggie War Hymn is played for “The Flight of the Great Pumpkin.” The Corp of Cadets, Company C-2, are seen marching in the video with spooky face paint. Lots of students carry pumpkins on their shoulders, but in the middle, you will see one student with a giant pumpkin on their head.

What is this Texas A&M Halloween tradition?

It is quite the spectacle.

The tradition began in 1963. It looked a lot different back then, too. BroBible continues, “It stems from upperclassmen looking for things to do at expense of the “fish.”

“Fish” are the freshman cadets. Each fall, the company would hold an apple bobbing amongst the fish. Those who turned up without an apple would be wrapped in a white sheet and forced to run through a gauntlet of upperclassmen holding flaming brooms with a pumpkin on his head.

Every college has its own traditions. The Aggies are no different than anyone else. This Halloween tradition is different, and it is something clearly popular among the students on campus. The Aggies are off this week. Then, they face the meat of their schedule against Auburn and Ole Miss. They conclude the 2021 season against LSU in Baton Rouge.

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