Our Halloween celebrations are going to have to be a little different this year – but with so many children and families wanting to know if they can still go trick or treating and pumpkin picking there is good news – there is still lots of fun to be had!
Can we still go trick or treating?
You may have seen an idea circulating on social media which will allow children to still get dressed up and go out with their families trick or treating in their neighbourhoods – but in a completely socially distanced way.
Socially-distanced trick or treating works like this:
If you want to take part – make sure you carve your pumpkin/s and display them in your windows or outside your home on October 31. If you don’t have a real pumpkin to carve – why not paint or draw one and put it up in your window – just as we did with the rainbows during lockdown. (Please don’t use real candles in pumpkins placed outdoors as children’s Halloween costumes can be scarily flammable).
You still need a bag of treats at the ready – but instead of giving them to little ghosts and ghouls knocking at your door – you keep them to share with your children, only.
When you head out trick or treating – instead of knocking on doors, ask the children to simply go hunting for pumpkins!
Whenever they spot one – they get to pick a treat from a bag of goodies provided by you!
Go pumpkin picking
With the annual trip to the farm to pick a pumpkin now being a real tradition for many families – there’s good news. Our local farms are still welcoming you for spooky fun in the fields – and they’ll have loads of pumpkins for you to choose from.
There’s one key thing you need to know – you MUST book your time in advance. And as this is likely to be very popular, make sure you do that early.
Locally you can choose from:
Grange Farm, Lowton – pumpkin picking
Grange Farm have been busy growing pumpkins this year – they now have more than 15,000 waiting to be picked!!
The picking season starts on 10 October and there are more than 20 different varieties of all shapes and sizes to choose from, with prices from just £1 up to £12 for a real monster!
Ticket are now on sale on the Grange Farm website – and they’re priced just £3 per family. (This covers the admin cost to the farm only and does not include a pumpkin on the day).
As well as pumpkin picking, on the weekends of the 10 & 11; 17 & 18 October, there’ll be fairground rides, tractor rides, animal feeding and onsite food sellers.
During October half term (from 19 October to 31 October) the Carving Barn will be open – you can purchase a carving kit and get to work on your pumpkin creations before you even head home! There’ll also be the fairground rides and food stalls including the incredibly tempting Puffed Crust pizza stall serving wood fired oven baked pizzas, made to order!
Of course, you can expect lots of Covid safety measures in place, including social distancing and sanitising stations.
Kenyon Hall Farm
Pumpkin picking starts at Kenyon Hall Farm from Saturday 3 October. Again, pre-booking is essential to keep numbers controlled – tickets are £1 or £2 per person, depending on the date, with infants under 18 months going free.
This year, there’ll be more than 15,000 pumpkins to pick at Kenyon Hall Farm – both out on the outdoor patch or ready-picked for you to select.
New to the farm in 2020 is the chance to have a family photo with a selection of fun Halloween themed backdrops – creating a seasonal memento to treasure for years to come!
There’ll also be Halloween characters and lots of pumpkin themed food and drinks to enjoy and gifts to browse!
You can also do your pumpkin carving whilst at the farm for just £1 each. Purchase a carving kit for £2 or bring your own.
We expect this to book up quickly – so visit the Kenyon Hall Farm website now to reserve your time. Bookings close at 6pm the day before, and it won’t be possible to book on the day or to turn up without a booking.
Enter a spooky Halloween competition
If your little ones love to be creative, why not challenge them to create a super-spooky piece of art and bring it along to Something Bloomin Different on Heath Street, Golborne. There’ll be a little prize for the best!