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Bumper crop of pumpkins ready for Halloween

Hundreds of pumpkins have added an early splash of colour to Chris Seager's farm in Somerset Photo:

The warm and sunny Autumn weather means there's a bumper crop of pumpkins this year. They hate the cold but there's been none of that, so there should be plenty about for Halloween.

Hundreds of them have added an early splash of colour at Chris Seager's farm in Somerset. He's kept them well watered through the driest September for a hundred years and the warm weather means they've thrived and ripened early..

But Chris says a pumpkin is not just for Halloween: "My wife makes pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup. We eat it most days actually."

Technically pumpkins, like marrows, are fruit. But when used for cooking they're often referred to as vegetables.

But whatever you want to call them, many of Chris's 800 pumpkins will no doubt end up as jack-o-lanterns on October 31st.