There is a good chance that Halloween 2020 will be a bit different from other years thanks to ‘you-know-what’.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun or that the issues around Halloween and what happens to all those pumpkins have gone away. Although more people are now eating their pumpkins, 3 out of 5 of us don’t know that our Halloween pumpkins are not just edible but delicious!

Hopefully you’ve booked a spot to go and choose your own pumpkin at East Grange PYO Pumpkin Farm at High Shincliffe. They’ve grown 20,000 pumpkins and squashes of 20 different varieties so there’s plenty choice, but if you didn’t manage to get a ticket, there are plenty other places to get a pumpkin.

If you do get a chance pick a variety of pumpkin, here are some things you might think about, and whatever pumpkin or squash you get, you can save some of the seeds to grow your own next year.

Keeping your family entertained in the holidays may be a challenge but these Halloween themed activities will keep you going and won’t hurt the environment.

Environmental charity HUBBUB is doing a series of three live ‘cook-a-thons’ between 6 and 6.30pm in the half-term week, on Monday 26 October, Wednesday 28 October and Thursday 29 October. You’ll find the details here.

If you’re inspired by all this pumpkin talk and want to have a go at cooking with your pumpkin or the bits that you have cut out, you can check the recipes on our website or those on HUBBUB’s ; they range from a lovely pumpkin soup to a vegan curry and from pumpkin pasta sauce to Halloween pumpkin cupcakes.

Finally, when Halloween is over you don’t just want to chuck it into your bin. Here are five things to do with your pumpkin to avoid it going to waste.

pumpkin in field with poppies

(c) East Grange Pumpkin Farm