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The Great Cucurbit Carving Competition

This October half term you’re invited to explore the many traditions and celebrations of Halloween. Take part in a creative challenge where you’ll carve your cucurbits for our grand display and competition!

Although associated with ghosts and ghouls, it is widely believed that many Halloween traditions have evolved from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain which was Christianised by the early Church. Pronounced sow-in, Samhain is a Gaelic word meaning 'end of the summer'. This festival is believed to have been a celebration of the end of the harvest, and a time of preparation for the coming winter.

Harvest is an important time of reflection and celebration of the year gone by and of planning for the year ahead here at Heligan. This year our Harvest theme is ‘Heligan Harvest, our past, present and future’, and we would like your designs to reflect this theme.

A pumpkin is the traditional vegetable to carve, but here at Heligan we grow so many more members of the cucurbit family and would love to see what else you can carve and create this October.

Please bring your entries along to the welcome stewards at Heligan reception on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th or Sunday 31st October (before 1pm). Entries will be judged by our Head Gardener at 2pm on Sunday 31st and the winner will be chosen and shall win tickets to this year’s Winter Night Garden lantern event.

Good Luck!

Here are some ideas, although we know yours will be even more creative!

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