Oct 31, 2015
The Naked Pumpkin Runs
Back during the freewheeling 1970s, it was merely a violation, or at most a misdemeanor -- lots of high school and college kids participated in the fad of streaking. But now we've become even more puritanical, and it's often a felony.
So what do you do if you want to participate in a nude run?
You put a pumpkin on your head.
They carried on the tradition for a decade, but in 2008, the police threatened to arrest participants, charge them with indecent exposure, and have them registered as sex offenders, along with the rapists and child molesters.
15 runners were arrested.
In 2009, Boulder passed a new anti-nudity ordinance, mandating fines rather than jail time, but people were scared off, and the runs have not resumed.
In Seattle, Washington, there's a full week of activities, including day and night runs and skinny-dipping.
See also: My junior high streaking adventure.