Where to pick your own pumpkins from local farms in Dorset, and where to go pumpkin carving this year.
Halloween may be slightly different this year but we think it’s a great opportunity to focus on what we CAN do, instead of what we can’t, and enjoy a slower pace of family life. After all, there aren’t any lockdown rules getting in the way of leafy countryside walks and cosy film afternoons.
One of our favourite things to do at this time of the year is pumpkin picking and carving. Of course, you can pick a pumpkin for very little money at your local supermarket but we love the process of walking around farm fields and letting the kids choose their favourite. Plus we love to support our local farmers.
We carved ours at home this year but many local attractions offer carving settings. We’ve included some at the bottom of this blog. This is a fantastic option if you don’t want to invest in carving tools or have a mess at home. We used to do this when the kids were younger but now they are a bit more patient it was a much more enjoyable and less messy experience at home.
We’ve also included a yummy snack recipe which you can make with your pumpkin seeds and a few ideas of what to do with your pumpkins once Halloween is over. We hope you enjoy this information.
For local attractions offering pumpkin carving sessions, please visit our Half-Term and Halloween section here.
What to do with the seeds
Did you know pumpkin seeds are a delicious snack? They are also highly nutritious.
We love them on salads or just on their own. Wash and dry your seeds really well. Cover in olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to taste then roast gently at 160° until golden. This takes roughly 20 minutes.
What to do with pumpkins once the season is over
Sopley Farm allows you to take your pumpkins back so they can be ploughed back into the land.
You can also take them to Burley park (BH24 4DJ) to feed the red deers.