Pumpkins for Halloween

Pumpkin in the field awaiting its Cinderella. Curbita pepo (Curbitaceae)
© Karen Andrews

There were no fairy godmothers about. Cinderella’s carriage remained firmly grounded as a pumpkin. There was a field full of pumpkins. A passing witch had left her hat in a tree. Perhaps she will call back for it closer to Halloween? A bat and spiders lurked in the hedgerow. Otherwise, the biggest pre-Halloween fright was the shocking pink, squeaky wheelbarrow. The Pumpkin Festival at Farrington Gurney promises a lot of imaginative, half-term fun. You can pick and carve your own pumpkin for Halloween.

Field of pumpkins, Curbita pepo, at Farrington Gurney Pumpkin Festival
© Karen Andrews

The Farrington Gurney Pumpkin Festival is a great, local farming initiative. Climate change means that we have to consider buying and growing more food locally. Nowadays, children seem to believe that food appears in supermarkets and on their plates by magic. Picking your own pumpkin from the field may dispel that myth, but the event is organised with appealing imagination for children.

The pumpkins and squashes appear in all shapes and sizes. The vast majority are orange. The resident witch seems to have left some with warts.

A warty Pumpkin in the field. © Karen Andrews

Clambering about in wellies in the muddy field is all part of the experience. The sunshine was a bonus. On a rainy day, there are plenty of indoor activities after you have selected your pumpkin and wheeled it back for carving.

Large Pumpkin, Curbita pepo, in the sunny field. © Karen Andrews

Some artistic inspiration follows to transform your pumpkin from last year’s RHS Harvest Festival Show.

Happy half-term holiday and Halloween to all!

Parental Tip: If you are wary of flames around young children, it is possible to purchase flameless tea lights with a flickering effect.

Botanical Photo Gallery

Curbita pepo, Pumpkin

A further selection of shots including flowers from Farrington Gurney’s pumpkin field:

Crinkled, open Pumpkin flower. Curbita pepo. © Karen Andrews
Curbita pepo, Pumpkin leaf. © Karen Andrews
Curbita pepo, Pumpkin bud in close-up. © Karen Andrews
Prominent veins and hairs. Curbita pepo, Pumpkin. © Karen Andrews
Side view of open Pumpkin flower. Curbita pepo. © Karen Andrews
Pumpkin, Curbita pepo, in the field with flower. © Karen Andrews

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