Halloween pumpkin shortages after the summer drought hit crop numbers — and they’ll be smaller than normal, too

FAMILIES will have to celebrate Halloween with less pumpkins than usual this year – after a shaky harvest.

And traders may find options are limited as the summer’s drought has reduced the number of crops from about 15 million to as few as ten million.

Those who love carving jack-o'-lanterns will be startled to learn that seasonal squash is up to 30 percent less this year

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Those who love carving jack-o’-lanterns will be startled to learn that seasonal squash is up to 30 percent less this yearCredit: Getty

Those with a squeal of carving jack-o’-lanterns will be dismayed to learn that the season’s squash is up to 30 percent smaller this year.

Pumpkins are sown in mid-May and need plenty of water if there is to be a good harvest in time for October celebrations.

Barfoot Farms, which typically produces one million pumpkins with its partner growers in Hampshire and West Sussexare among those who have struggled this year.

Neil Cairns, its head of crop production, said: “They are smaller than we would have liked.”

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“30 percent less is probably not far off.

“This is due to the drought in the summer.”

“The plants could use ten millimeters of water a day, so even watering is difficult to keep up with.

“They are smaller than before, but we think we can have enough to meet orders.”

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