Children urged to use melons and pineapples if there's a pumpkin shortage this Halloween

Children can create Halloween watermelons and pineapples if there’s a pumpkin shortage this Halloween, experts have said.

Saturday, 9th October 2021, 12:15 pm

With some predicting a shortage of pumpkins this October 31 it has raised a debate about how best to celebrate Halloween.

Early forecasts have already made UK headlines suggesting there could be fewer pumpkins this season due to supply issues and poor weather for crops.

Over the weekend in America, it is being reported pumpkin prices are increasing to reflect the difficult harvest in prospect.

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Children could carve Halloween watermelons this autumn, experts have said.

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

A spokesman for 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.”

Recent news reports suggest there could be fewer pumpkins available because bad weather has failed to ripen crops so the squash has suffered from a lack of sunshine and heat.

Recent weeks have also seen some supply issues for different goods at supermarkets.

Halloween fans can consider carving other fruits and vegetables alongside pumpkins to further enhance to their spooky collections. Here are some ideas from the experts at

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 oranges can still be carved into effective lanterns.

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

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

Turnips – turn the humble turnip into a Jack-o’-lantern.