Why not plan a family day out and pick your own pumpkins for carving this Halloween?

Traditionally it was a turnip, but these days pumpkins have become a Halloween staple in most houses.

Although available in most big supermarkets, you can now go and pick your own.

Here’s some of the best places to do so in Scotland.

Arnprior Farm, Stirling

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Arnprior was the first Scottish farm to open a pick your own pumpkin patch in 2015.

Since then, the family-run farm has been inundated with welly-adorned pickers ready to choose their own Halloween treat.

Open for the pumpkin harvest from mid-October (this year it was the 12th), visitors can also enjoy other activities such as a kale maze, bale mountain, Alpaca trekking, face painting and chainsaw carving (sounds spooky!)

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Cairnie Fruit Farm, Cupar Fife


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This fruit farm is also known for its mega maze, making it an ideal spot to take the kids to this October.

The maze is an artistically designed labyrinth of pathways and blind alleys extend over six acres and will keep the kids entertained for ages.

After the berry season (of which the farm offer strawberries, raspberries, red and blackcurrants, gooseberries, tayberries, cherries and brambles), visitors can get kitted out to pick their own pumpkins.

If you fancy more than one pumpkin and are struggling with the load, there’s a handy wheelbarrow available to help with your harvest.

Craigies Farm, South Queensferry

Craigies is another farm that specialises in all kinds of pick your own fruit and veg.

It is also one of the closest farm shops to Edinburgh making it a great escape from the city.

Selling everything from fruit and veg, milk and dairy products to award winning sausages, Scottish cheeses, local gins and beers, the farm shop is well worth a visit any time of the year.

After picking your own pumpkin, why not enjoy lunch or a sweet treat from the on-site cafe while the kids run wild in the play area?

One for the diary…

The Farm Stall Kintyre, Bellochantuy near Campbeltown


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This family-run farm had a popular weekend of pumpkin picking last year (21-22 October),  so more of the same can be expected this month.

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Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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