Halloween has always been a huge occasion for Americans. Our US friends take pride in trick or treating, scary costumes and houses that have been transformed into spooky lairs. Draped cobwebs and moving giant spiders, dry ice and inflatable tombstones are all part of the holiday celebrations. And in the last few years, us Brits have also begun embracing Halloween. And while we may not go to the same lengths as those across the pond, it is gaining in popularity. We love it in our household – hanging up decorations, choosing costumes, getting stocked up on sweet treats and, of course, trying to get the biggest fattest pumpkins ready to be carved.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
Although it’s easy to buy pumpkins at the local supermarket, you can make more of a day of it by picking them yourselves, extending the fun and having a family outing all at the same time. Here is a pick of the best places to go pumpkin picking in Surrey. And these Surrey farms are also accessible from the city, so great for pumpkin picking near London, too.
The best places to go pumpkin picking Surrey
Crockbridge Farm, Addlestone
Crockbridge Farm is one of our favourite PYOs in the area. Their first pumpkin patch opened to keen pickers over 15 years ago so they do know a thing about growing these orange vegetables. After spending time picking your crop, you are also allowed to carve them there on the field (with your own knife) saving lots of mess back home – but don’t forget to bring your own bags! The first two weekends of October are open to visitors for pumpkin picking, followed by Crockbrige’s popular Pumpkin Festival beginning on the 25 October – and you can also see an immersive show James and Giant Pumpkin being performed in Crockbridge’s Magical Wonder Wood.
Crockbridge Farm, New Haw Road, Addlestone, Nr. Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU
Garsons Farm, Esher
It’s easy not to get too carried away at Garsons’ Pick Your Own with so many fields primed for the taking. Head to the farm during early October and you’ll find several fields open for pumpkin picking. Meanwhile, go pumpkin mad this Halloween, as there will be plenty of activities for children during October with amazing spooky storytelling, guess the ‘Ghost’ pumpkin weight, colouring competition and an in-store pumpkin word trails. There will even pumpkin carving demos.
Garson Farm Winterdown Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS
Priory Farm, Redhill
Although we tend to go to Priory Farm for its brilliant Discovery Trail, Priory Farm Halloween goes to the next level! Not only can you choose the perfect pumpkin and learn how to carve it with a brilliant carving kit but, you can also ride on a tractor to the pumpkin fields, too. The Discovery Trail will also be turned into a Spooky Trail – and a horrid prize awaits all those who complete it! And will you be brave enough to venture inside the Witches’ Cave?
Priory Farm Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4EJ
Secretts of Milford, Godalming
Not only does Secretts of Milford in Godalming have special pumpkin measures to determine the exact size, but they also grow a wide variety from impressively large gourds to tiny ones perfect for little hands to grab. Their Pumpkin Week is hugely popular and has seen the farm grow an astonishing 30,000 to keep up with demand. In addition to tractor rides to the pumpkin field, Secretts will also have children’s Halloween activities and a pumpkin-themed menu such as pumpkin curry and pumpkin cake!
Secretts of Milford Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey, GU8 5HU