P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!
C'mon, it's time to prep for Halloween! Head to one of these local farms and make the kids put the legwork in before they can start carving.
It’s Halloween and it’s time to let the kids loose on a poor old pumpkin with a Stanley knife (supervised, of course), to carve ’em into spooky lanterns. If you want to turn it into more of an adventure than merely popping into ASDA, how about picking your own at a local farm? The orange globes are ripe’n’ready and have zero food miles (bonus brownie points) so here’s the Muddy guide of the best places to nab yours in Bucks and Oxon.
Peterley Manor Farm, Great Missenden
Brand new to the PYO pumpkin scene this year, you can pick ’em direct from the patch, which is free to enter (19, 20, 26, 27, 29, 30 & 31 Oct), with pumpkins priced on weight. Or if you don’t fancy traipsing through the fields you can choose a ready-picked one from the barn. Kids can also paint and decorate their pumpkins (much easier than carving) and make cookies in bookable workshops.
Millets Farm, Frillford, Oxon
Millets always pulls out all the stops for Halloween and as well as plucking your pumpkins from the field (19 – 31 Oct), there’s Millets regulars John Lawson’s circus with a spooky themed show, chocolate apple dunking, activities by the maize maze and, on 30 – 31 Oct, a pumpkin party with carving, food and disco. PYO prices vary by size, plus you can pick up a carving kit from the Farm Shop.
Peachcroft Farm, Abingdon
This small farm in Abingdon is best known for its Xmas turkey offering but grows a pretty impressive selection of pumpkins too that you can buy right up until Halloween. Pumpkin prices start from £2 (up to £6 for a whopper), plus you can judge the size of your pick with this pumpkin measurer (above). Nifty!
Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe
As part of the sensory farm’s Halloween Festival (26 Oct – 3 Nov), little ones can use a mini wheelbarrow to pick their pumpkin, for a small additional charge, from the cute Pumpkin Patch Garden. There’ll also be carving workshops, spooky shows, maze and trail. It’s best to book for all events.
Green Dragon Eco-Farm, Hogshaw, Bucks
Over half term (21 Oct – 1 Nov) kids will be able to pick their own with the help of the Dragon-Witch’s assistant (sounds spooky), then carve it in the barn. Pumpkins are £3, plus entry to the farm (£9.50/child, £10.50/adult) which will also give you access to other ghoulish activities like crafts, trails and all the usual farmy fun. Booking advised.
Weedon Hill Farm, Aylesbury
Weedon Hill, just an eight minute drive form Aylesbury centre, has been growing pumpkins for the last two years, nurtured by hand by Farmer Paul from little seeds in greenhouses before being planted in fields. They start from £1.99 (cash only) and stock nearly sold out completely last year so get down pronto to get the best pick of the patch.