For young kids, let them draw their own design on to the pumpkin with a marker. You can then cut out their masterpiece, so it’s done safely. Some great varieties to buy or grow are Rouge Vif d’Etampes.
This is the classic fairytale pumpkin and is said to be the model for Cinderella’s coach. Not only is this deep-orange variety lovely in displays, but it also tastes delicious in pies and desserts.
To grow your own for next year, seeds should be sown indoors in April or May and planted out from May to June in rich, fertile soil.
Winter squash ‘Harlequin’ will bring darkness to displays with its eerie green stripes. Or for a spectacular squash, ‘Turks Turban’ will add wacky fun to your display – and dishes, because it tastes like butternut squash.
For little ones, ‘Jack Be Little’ is the perfect size for them to paint or decorate because they grow to just 8cm.