Second Annual Braehead Pumpkin Festival a spooky success

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Nearly 300 people enjoyed a spooky Halloween fun-day at Braehead Community Garden on Saturday 28th October.  The second Braehead Pumpkin Festival  started with a pumpkin carving workshop in the morning, with local children and their parents undertaking the messy business of scooping out the innards of their pumpkins ready for carving.

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Serious pumpkin carving activities!

Then with the help of some of Braehead Community Garden’s more artistic members, everybody set about creating some scary or funny or artistic lanterns.

halloween 4The discarded pumpkin flesh and seeds weren’t put to waste with Garden member Donna Rodgers, who also works for local charity Forth Enviroment Link, running a cooking workshop.  Participants made spiced and roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin curry and pumpkin soup.

Donna helping Patsy, Katie and Fiona make some tasty soup.
Donna helping Patsy, Katie and Fiona make some tasty soup.

All of the lanterns made at the workshop, along with pumpkins carved at home across the area, were entered into the after pumpkin show, with prizes for the scariest, funniest and most artistic creations.  There were also awards for the best pumpkin carved by an under ten year old, an under fifteen year old, and best pumpkin that references a movie.

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Then, as the sun began to set, the pumpkins were all lit up for a lantern display in the Community Garden event polytunnel.  Two hundred people came to the garden to see the fantastic creations, enjoy some homemade soup and try traditional Halloween activities including “dookin’ for apples”.   Many Braehead Primary School pupils walked in a lantern procession from the school to the community garden.

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Community Garden Chairperson Chris Kane said,

halloween 7“Carving pumpkin lanterns and cooking together are great family activities, which are even more fun when turned into community events.  The carving workshop was messy and creative and fun.  The cooking workshop showed you don’t need to waste anything and the lantern display at night looked stunning.”  

“Here in Braehead we’re showing that communities who create together and grow together, can thrive together.”


Braehead Community Garden runs a number of free community events throughout the year.  Membership, and year round access to the two and a half acre garden, costs just £12 per year.  

Even the Braehead flock of hens got to enjoy some of the pumpkins!
Even the Braehead flock of hens got to enjoy some of the pumpkins!