If I were to name one thing I’ve never done at Halloween, it would probably be the fact I’ve never carved a pumpkin, I don’t ever recall growing up and even buying a pumpkin around Halloween time. However, I can hardly remember what I done a few weeks ago never mind when I was a kid, so my mum will probably correct that statement. Regardless, it was only right to change the fact I had apparently never done this, but I didn’t want to simply head to my local supermarket, pick one from their permanent location at the front door and then go home and carve it…I wanted to go to a proper little pumpkin patch and go pumpkin picking, so that’s exactly what I done last weekend and I highly recommend it.
Arnprior Farm, the closest pumpkin farm is located in Kippen, Stirling, around 45 minutes from where I live so we took a nice little drive out of the city centre where we were met with narrow country roads and quite strong winds due to how open our surroundings were and the typical Scottish weather. As we got a few minutes away we started to see bright orange, pumpkin signs with “you’re nearly there” displayed, along with numerous pumpkins neatly placed along the side of the road. Having started back in 2015, Arnprior Farm has become hugely popular and with last weekend being the last weekend to head along and grab yourself some pumpkins, they implemented a parking voucher system for the car park, which made everything a lot smoother upon arrival. Buying one of those guaranteed us a parking space and arriving a little early we were directed to our space and pulled on our wellies, preparing ourselves for the mud we were about to face. Seeing families heading towards the direction we just came from with their pumpkins in hand only made me more excited knowing in the next half an hour or so that would be David and I heading back to the car with our new little pumpkin pal.
With home-baking, hot drinks, face-painting, there was so much more to it than just picking pumpkins. We headed straight into the field, surrounded by pumpkins and didn’t know where to start, looking for the perfect little pumpkin to take home with us. There were so many to choose from, some small, some large, and some very large that I struggled to pick them up for some picture opportunities. Before making a decision we headed to the Kale maze to give that a shot, and after about 1/4 of the way through we decided to turn back, with the mud completely defeating us. Scottish weather and mud aren’t the greatest combination, we were pretty deep in extremely slippery mud and heading for the exit proved appealing before one of us ‘hit the deck‘.
Returning back to our pumpkin surroundings we became determined to find our little pumpkin, and after originally picking one up that we named ‘Pat’ he was a bit damaged on the side so Pat sadly had to be returned to his little spot on the field. After a good look we finally spotted ‘Pedro’ in the distance and decided he was going to be the fortunate pumpkin coming home to spend Halloween with us. We took him to the check-out tent to pay where we were tempted by the delicious looking toffee apples so bought two of those also. Stuffed in a little netted bag we headed to hose down our extremely muddy wellies with the hose before setting back off in the car for a scenic journey back to the city.
Despite being the only people there without a little kid, I had the best time pumpkin picking, it was so much better than simply going to a local supermarket so I’m pretty sure pumpkin picking will be my new tradition every Halloween, it’s a great outdoor activity for people of all ages. Have you been pumpkin picking this year, how was your experience if so?