Halloween always comes and goes in the blink of an eye. The children get so excited. The costumes have been in the shops for a while and inevitably we end up buying them an outfit so they can go out trick or treating. We only take them down our road and an adjacent street. They only ever knock on the door where we can see they have also done something or decorated for Halloween or they have children and we know them.
Another thing the children enjoy doing is picking and carving the pumpkins. A few years ago instead of buying them from the supermarkets I wanted to go somewhere that we could pick our own pumpkins. I found Crockford Bridge Farm in Addlestone and we set off.
It looked amazing. There were so many pumpkins to choose from in size, shape and colour. There was lots of activities going on too including apple bobbing, places to sit and carve your own pumpkin, the Wonder Wood hosts an immersive theatre with a different story each year and I was so pleased we had chosen to go and pick our pumpkins. If you can and you are nearby you must go.
In 2019 Crockford Bridge Farm will open their pumpkin fields on selected dates in October with pre picked pumpkin sales from the beginning of October. This means you can pick your pumpkin directly from the field on these days. On all other days the harvested pumpkins are laid out for you to pick your own. Their annual pumpkin festival will also take place near to the end of October, during this time Crockford's Corner is transformed into a fun packed area complete with thousands of pumpkins displayed for sale, pumpkin carving and other fun activities. There is an entry fee payable at the gate.
Our pumpkin carving has also stepped up a gear too. Gone are the pumpkins with triangle eyes, square noses and wonky teeth. Things got serious! The OH got adventurous with a Darth Vader and Ghostbusters carving. I then had to up my game. Not that I am competitive or anything! I went for the camper van pumpkin. The children just wanted a happy pumpkin so I carved a smiley face into one of the smaller pumpkins.
It's also Bonfire night soon after so I am sure there will be a few displays happening over the coming Halloween season as well as the weekend after. We have our annual firework display at Nanny and Grandad's house planned. This involves tomato soup and a warm roll, followed by bratwurst then the all important firework display and sparklers before finishing off with marshmallows dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Its fun for the kiddies, we just have a few small fireworks but enough to keep the kiddies happy that they have seen some and the food is always delicious and warming.
Have you been to a local pumpkin patch before? How does your pumpkin carving turn out?