Pick your per­fect pump­kin for a hor­ri­fy­ing Hal­loween

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Chil­dren can pick their own mon­ster pump­kins ahead of this year’s spook­i­est fes­ti­val.

A farm in Sev­ing­ton is again open­ing its field to the public ahead of Hal­loween, giv­ing fam­i­lies the chance to se­lect and then pick their own pump­kin.

The farm is owned by broth­ers Jake and Mark Thompson, who have been grow­ing the squashes for more than 15 years and are now one of the UK’s top five sup­pli­ers.

They opened their field for the first time to fam­i­lies in 2014 and saw hun­dreds of peo­ple pull on their wellies and stomp through the mud in the quest to find the largest or ugli­est pump­kin.

Jemma Thompson, who man­ages the Pick Your Own Pump­kin event, said: “Pick Your Own Pump­kin ini­ti­ated as an idea to sell sur­plus crop. We were as­tounded with the num­ber of peo­ple who came to pick their own pump­kin last year and I have been flooded with re­quests to open again.

“Thank­fully, due t o t he weather, we will be open again this Oc­to­ber.

“This year we will make do­na­tions to two char­i­ties: the Twin- kling Stars Pro­ject and Ab­bie’s Army.”

The Twin­kling Stars Pro­ject has been set up to raise money for a still­birth be­reave­ment unit at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal and Ab­bie’s Army raises funds for DIPG Chil­dren’s Brain Can­cer Re­search.

It is es­ti­mated that more than four mil­lion pump­kins will be sold in the UK in the lead-up to Hal­loween this year.

Once called jack-o-lanterns, they are used to celebrate Hal­loween, with mon­strous faces carved into them and can­dles placed in their hol­lowed-out in­te­ri­ors.

It was once thought that a lit pump­kin would keep ghouls and vam­pires away, but now it shows trick-or-treaters which homes they should call at.

Pump­kins will be priced ac­cord­ing to size, with small ones cost­ing £1 and mon­sters £4.

They can be picked from 10am4pm on Oc­to­ber 10-11, Oc­to­ber 17-18 and then ev­ery day from Oc­to­ber 24-31 at the field off Cheese­man’s Green Lane, Sev­ing­ton, TN24 0LL.

To get there, fol­low the signs from the M20 junction 10 to Sev­ing­ton church and look out for the pump­kin signs.

Park­ing is avail­able on the field op­po­site or on the road, depend­ing on weather.

Pump­kin-pick­ers of all ages are welcome but are asked to wear wellies and gloves. No dogs are al­lowed.

For more i nf o r mati o n, go t o www. f ace­book. com/ Pick­y­ourown­pump­kin/

‘We were as­tounded with the num­ber of peo­ple who came to pick their own’

Hav­ing a ball: happy days for Aoife and Mac Thompson in the pump­kin field at Sev­ing­ton, which is open to the public next month

Pump­kins are be­ing grown at the Sev­ing­ton farm again

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