Halloween is just under a month away now and many of us will be looking for decorations and costumes in preparation for the season.

Pumpkins and pumpkin carving are also staples of this time of year, requiring you to get out and find your own.

Whilst finding one from a supermarket is useful, many people like the experience of going out to a farm to pick their own out.

There are quite a few places around the North East where you can go and do this in October 2022.

Where are the best pumpkin-picking pitches near County Durham?

East Grange

With over 20 acres and around 70,000 pumpkins up for grabs, there's plenty for everyone in all shapes, colours and sizes. 

The ticketed event is open from 9.30 am on October 8,9,15,16 and from 19 onwards. 

Entry costs £5 but the entry price is redeemable from any pumpkins, with prices starting at £1 for small ones and can go up to £12 for the larger options. 

You can find out more information via the East Grange website. 

Holmside Park

The pumpkin patch returns to Holmside park this year with plenty of jack-o-lanterns just waiting to be picked & carved.

The patch is free to enter, all you need to pay for is the pumpkins you decided to take home with you. 

However you will need to book online ahead of going to the park to ensure you have a spot, you can do so via the website. 

Adventure Valley

Take a trip to Adventure Valley to find the perfect pumpkin and spend the day enjoying all things Halloween. 

Taking place on 15,16,22,30 October,  the pumpkin festival offers a free pumpkin to every paying child. 

Along with all the pumpkins on offer, you can even try your hand at carving and try out the Corn Cob Catapult. 

Find out more information via the website. 

Hall Hill Farm

Have a ghoulishly good time at the farm with plenty of Halloween activities to enjoy including pumpkin picking. 

There's much more too, with giant scarecrows, haunted Sheep Race, Mini Monster Maze, Trick or Treat treasure hunt and more.

The spooky event takes place on October 15,16,22 and 30 and it is a ticket-only event that you can get via the website.