Carve up a pumpkin surprise

Get into the Halloween spirit at Hawarden Estate Farm where you can pick your own pumpkins and learn how to carve them.
This year has seen more pumpkins than ever before grown on the Hawarden Estate Farm in North Wales with around 3000 in the fields. Visit the farm to pick your own pumpkin, which you can use to carve into a spooky Halloween creation.
If you are looking for inspiration for how to carve these large fruits, pop along to one of the farm’s pumpkin workshops. The sessions are run by Neil O'May whose fantastic carvings proved very popular at the recent Good Life Experience festival. They were certainly one of the most photographed things on site.
Neil will be running pumpkin carving sessions from 12-2pm on Friday 28th October. The sessions are drop-in, so will run on a first come first served basis. You will need to buy your pumpkin, and there will be free pumpkin soup to all participants. Neil will also have tools available to buy for those who want to complete their pumpkin at home ready for the festivities on 31st October.
Carving pumpkin heads has its roots in many cultures and dates back centuries with numerous myths and legends surrounding the practice. The lanterns are claimed by some to represent spirits or supernatural beings, others used them to ward off evil spirits. Today they are more decorative and are usually used to adorn doorsteps as part of a Halloween display.
Jack-o'-lantern is a carved pumpkin or turnip lantern, associated with the holiday of Halloween and is thought to be named after the phenomenon of a strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o'-the-wisp or jack-o'-lantern. The top of the pumpkin or turnip is cut off to form a lid, the inside flesh is scooped out, and an image of perhaps a monstrous or comical face is carved out of the rind to expose the hollow interior. To create the lantern effect, a light source, such as a tea light, is placed inside before the lid is replaced.
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