Smashng pumpkins at Blue Hills Farm

Carlton Ives with pumpkins at Blue Hills Farm. (d11101104)
Carlton Ives with pumpkins at Blue Hills Farm. (d11101104)
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It’s less than three weeks to go before Halloween when ghosts, ghouls and wicked witches will be prowling around the streets of Spen.

Armed with masks, witches hats, broomsticks and spiders – no self-respecting trick-or treater will be without their pumpkin lantern.

Supermarkets and greengrocers have stocked up on the bright orange fruits ready for the big day, including Carlton Ives’s Blue Hills Farm Shop in Whitehall Road, Birkenshaw, which has tens of thousands of them.

Mr Ives is a convert to the versatile pumpkin which, as well as making spooky lanterns, can be turned into soup – being served free in his Hay Loft Tearoom while stocks last.

And there’s also a free competition with the chance to guess the weight of the pumpkin to win £50.

The farm shop has run the competition for several years now and last year’s attracted thousands of entries. The closing date for this year’s is October 31.