31 October just wouldn’t be the same without spending an afternoon hollowing out a plump pumpkin lantern then setting it, grinning, on your window ledge, casting spooky shadows and keeping trick-or-treaters at bay.
Breathe some fresh autumn air and choose your own at The Pumpkin Patch, Undley, where you’ll find fields full of these gigantic gourds. There’s also a Maize Maze to get lost in, archery, donkey rides, face painting, craft stalls and pumpkin carving, plus pumpkin-inspired snacks.
The Pumpkin Patch is open Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10am- 6pm. £3.50 per child, £5 adult.
Hear spooky stories
Are you brave enough to endure chilling tales narrated in a spooky setting? At the magnificent Audley End House, actors will be delving into the famous fables of the Brothers Grimm and revealing the terrifying truth behind those bedtime stories you thought you knew.
Come in your best Halloween costume and bring your favourite teddy to hide behind… Runs 11am-4pm, 27-31 October; £15.40 adults, £9.20 children.
Fancy dress fun at Wandlebury
Arrive at Wandlebury Country Park in Halloween fancy dress where a whole host of spooky fun is planned. Carve your own pumpkin sculptures then follow CambridgePPF Rangers on a candlelit twilight walk around the park before returning to the Education Centre for blood-warming hot soup.
Bring a torch if you wish and book early to avoid disappointment. Takes place 5-7pm, 31 October, and there is a charge of £8 per pumpkin (£6 members).