Will there be a pumpkin shortage this Halloween?

By Nisha Mal

Experts are warning that there may be a pumpkin shortage this October.

The seasonal veg plays a pivotal part in Halloween celebrations, with many people using them for carving and decorative purposes.

But due to the UK's supply chain issues, the distribution of pumpkins may be at risk this year.

Driver and labour shortages mean the harvesting of the veg has been disrupted, according to the Financial Times.

Poor weather conditions have also contributed to the possible shortage.

Whether or not these concerns come to pass, experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk say it is a good time to consider other creative ways to enjoy a memorable Halloween by looking at other fruits and vegetables.

A spokesman said: “While it might be too early to predict how abundant pumpkins will be this season, it raises a good opportunity for people to consider exploring other ideas to decorate their homes and gardens this Halloween.

“In the 19th century, people used to hollow out turnips into lanterns or carve them with scary faces particularly in the Scottish Highlands and parts of Ireland to celebrate Halloween, and there are many other fruits and vegetables to be considered alongside pumpkins to add variety to your Halloween display.”

Halloween fans can still consider carving other fruits and vegetables for October 31.

Pineapples – these can make scary faces which compete with pumpkins when carved and lit up from the inside. The green leaves at the top add to the horror look.

Oranges – similar in colour but clearly smaller than pumpkins, oranges can still be carved into effective lanterns or spooky faces.

Watermelon – appealing because of its similar size to a pumpkin, these fruits can make effective decorations with their ghoulish green exterior and pinky red insides signalling gore!

Avocados – these can make absorbing looking faces particularly when carving to the centre of the green fruit to display the brown stone inside.

Turnips – recreate and celebrate the past by turning your humble turnip into a Jack-o’-lantern.


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