Carving the spookiest jack-o’-lantern is one of the best things about Halloween (after the candy, of course), but you can only create your pumpkin masterpiece with the right skills and tools. Check out our list of a dozen places in London where you and the kids can carve a big orange gourd this October.

KENTISH TOWN CITY FARM

Where: Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Close, NW5 4BN
When: Wednesday 25th October, 10am–12pm & 2–4pm
Cost: £5 per child or £7 for two children
Website: ktcityfarm.org.uK

EPPING FOREST: THE VIEW

Where: Epping Forest: The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH
What else: Prizes for carvers who come in costume
When: Friday 27th October, 11am–4pm
Cost: £5 per person (materials included)
Website: cityoflondon.gov.uk

OSTERLEY HOUSE

Where: Osterley House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB
What else: After-dark tours of the Georgian party manor
When: every day during half-term, 11am–4pm
Cost: £3 for small pumpkin/£4 large, plus the cost of entry (£10.90 adult/£5.45 child)
Website: nationaltrust.org.uk

WILDCAT WILDERNESS

Where: Wildcat Wilderness, 53 Riverview Park Road, Catford, SE6 4PL
What else: Lantern making
When: Saturday 28th October, 12–4pm
Cost: BYO pumpkin or they’ll supply one for £2
Website: wildcatwilderness.org

FORTNUM & MASON

Where: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER
What else: Best Pumpkin prizes at each session
When: Tuesday–Thursday, 25th–27th October, 11am–1pm & 2:30–4:30pm
Cost: £20
Website: fortnumandmason.com

MORDEN HALL PARK

Where: Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD
What else: A park trail leading to a yummy pumpkin recipe, plus autumnal crafts
When: weekdays during half-term, 11am to 4pm
Cost: £4 per child (BYO pumpkin)
Website: nationaltrust.org.uk

BLUEBIRD CHELSEA

Where: Bluebird Chelsea, 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU
What else: cookie/biscuits, hot chocolate/babyccino/tea
When: Thursday 26th October
Cost: £20
Website: bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

ELTHAM PALACE

Where: Eltham Palace, Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, London, SE9 5QE
What else: costume competition, creepy crafts, witch/wizard hat making
When: weekdays during half-term
Cost: £4 for pumpkin carving, plus the cost of entry (£14.40 adult/£8.60 child)
Website: Eltham Palace Half-Term Horror

KITE STUDIOS

Where: Kite Studios, 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY
When: Monday 23rd October
Cost: £15 to £70
Website: kitestudios.org

DOWN HOUSE

Where: Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent, BR6 7JT
What else: costume competition
When: Monday 23 – Sunday 29 October
Cost: £4 for pumpkin carving, plus the cost of entry (£11.80 adult/£7.10 child)
Website: Pumpkin Carving

NEWBURGH QUARTER OF CURIOSITY SHOP

Where: Newburgh Quarter of Curiosity Shop, 2 Newburgh Street, Carnaby
What else: Includes feathers, jewels, pompoms and glitter to ‘Pimp Your Pumpkin’
When: Monday 23rd October, 12pm & 6pm
Cost: Free if you’re lucky (enter their ballot to win tickets to the workshop of your choice)
Website: carnaby.co.uk

ZSL LONDON ZOO

Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY
What else: Boo at the Zoo includes Ghoul School, a Pumpkin Party, hands-on crafts and more
When: 21–31 October, 11am–3:30pm
Cost: £3 for one or £5 for two, plus entry to the zoo (£24.30 adult/£18 child)
Website: zsl.org

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