OCTOBER is the month of Halloween and that means it is the season for pumpkins and just as importantly pumpkin picking.

Across Dorset there are various places where people can grab their own to carve out for ‘spooky’ season.


Dorset Country Pumpkins at Longclose Farm, Milton Abbas

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The Miller family have farmed at Longclose for almost 80 years, but only started offering pumpkins last year. For this October the Millers have expanded their pumpkin patch to include bigger displays and have even introduced a ‘Munchkin Patch’ for children. On October 23 and 24 there will even be a craft fair at the farm. People can go down on Saturday 16 and 17 and then between Saturday 23 until Sunday October 31 to the site Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum between 10am and 4pm. Parking is free, as is entry, and pumpkins will be priced based on their size. Dorset Lamb will also be on site selling hot food and drinks everyday.


The Watercress Company, Crossways

The Watercress Company located in Crossways, east of Dorchester, is running its own pumpkin patch this Halloween season. The site will be open between Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28, as well as Saturday October 30 between 8am and 4pm at Knap Farm. On the Tuesday and Saturday there will be alpacas available for walks and photos, along with other livestock throughout the week. Refreshments will also be on site for the family day out.


Dewflock Farm, Winterborne Monkton

Starting from October 9, Dewflock Farm will be offering time slots to go pumpkin picking at their site. Tickets cost £5 and must be booked in advance, which can be done online via eventbrite. Straw play, a bouncy castle, face painting and mini land rovers will be on offer to make the most of each session. There will also be a pop-up cafe with coffee, cakes and wood fired oven pizzas.


Cat and Fiddle Farm, Hinton Admiral

Dorset Echo: Dan Tanner's Pick Your Own Pumpkin at the Cat and Fiddle Farm.

Open seven days a week between 10am and 5pm the Cat and Fiddle Farm, just off the A35 at Hinton Admiral, offers their own pick your own which includes pumpkins for the Halloween season. The orange vegetable is priced at 90p per kg and there is no entrance fee charge. The farm has ample parking, toilets and a picnic area.


Lenctenbury Farm, near Wareham

With the fruit picking season at an end the next pick your own sessions at Lenctenbury Farm will be for pumpkins. On Saturday October 9 and Sunday October 10 people can go down and pick their own Halloween favourite. Then again everyday from October 16 until all of the 2000 pumpkins are gone. There is no entry fee or need to book. Only the pumpkins themselves will need paying for with card and cash payments taken.


Where will you be getting your pumpkin from for Halloween?