With Halloween just around the corner, activities are aplenty and one of the fun things to do at this time of year is to carve a pumpkin.

It's the season where we sneak pumpkin into as many recipes as possible and our seasonal calendars begin to book up rapidly.

Your social media feeds are likely to already be filling up with pumpkin patch content - but where are the best locations locally?

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Whether you’re doing it for the ‘gram or looking for an activity all the family get get involved with, here is a selection of the best pumpkin patches in St Helens and surrounding areas to visit this month.

So wrap up warm, pull on those winter boots and pick your prized pumpkin straight from the patch.

Birchall's Pumpkin Patch

Birchalls Pumpkin Patch on Reeds Lane, St Helens
Birchall's Pumpkin Patch located on Reeds Lane, Rainford.

Pick your perfect pumpkin from Birchall's home grown six-acre patch - boasting pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colours.

Children and adults are invited to get their picture taken inside the farm's tractor and combine - as well as specific locations and props for photo opportunities positioned all around the grounds.

There is a giftshop where visitors can pick up a variety of spooky decorations, including light up lanterns and toffee or chocolate apples.

Pumpkins are priced between £1 and £10 with an individual price of £4 per standard pumpkin or 3 for £10 - however you can grab a 'monster pumpkin' for just £10 or a small 'ghost' pumpkin for £1.

Unique to the event this year is the brand new Gruffalo maze located on a neighbouring field.

Families are welcomed to enter for a small fee of £2.50 and kids are allowed run wild through self-led trail searching for hand-crafted carvings of the Gruffalo characters as they hunt the Gruffalo himself.

More information can be found on their Facebook page.

When: Monday-Friday, 10 - 5 / Saturday-Sunday, 9 - 5 until the end of October for the pumpkin patch and end of November for the Gruffalo Maze.

Price: Free entry to pumpkin patch / £2.50 entry to Gruffalo Maze - pumpkin vary from £1 - £10.

Where: Reeds Lane, Rainford, WA11 7JP.

The Hayloft

The Hayloft pumpkin patch in Widnes.
The Hayloft pumpkin patch in Widnes, Merseyside.

Located just a short drive out of the borough, this rustic barn in Widnes offers a 'brilliant' pick your own pumpkin family experience.

Along with a huge selection of pumpkins and 'spooky squashes' to choose from that span out over 30-acres of land, there is also a maze, tractor ride and miniature railway for all the kids to enjoy.

For when the kids have finished their fun, the onsite coffee shop will be open serving breakfasts, lunches, drinks, cakes and ice cream up until 4.30pm everyday.

The event is free to enter and visitors just pay for what they pick, however extras such as the Spooky Maize maze and tractor rides require an additional small fee.

What's more, this year pumpkin picking will be open until 7pm for a Twilight session, allowing kids to go after school and avoiding the typical weekend rush.

Organisers say there is no need to book ahead as there are plenty of pumpkins available and visitors on their Facebook page say they have had no trouble with the patch being overly busy so far.

When: Open until October 31, 10am - 7pm.

Price: Pumpkins - Pay for what you pick / Spooky Maize - from £2.50-3.50. Under 18 months free.

Where: Sandy Lane, Bold, Widnes, WA8 3XP

Grange Farm Logs

Grange Farm Logs is pumpkin patch that offers entertainment like no other in the local area.

Accessible to St Helens locals and surrounding towns and boroughs, Grange Farm Logs is located in Lowton.

On offer are thousands of home grown pumpkins available to pick direct from the pumpkin patch.

Throughout the month of October, Grange Farm Logs hold a number of ticketed Halloween themed events catered to both children and adults but must be purchased prior to attendance.

The month is divided up with different elements of their seasonal festivities launching on different dates - so be sure to research prior to going.

This year their pumpkin picking event started on October 9, however as of October 15 visitors are invited in to carve their pumpkins onsite.

From the October 16 visitors can enjoy a number of activities unlike any other offering in the area, including fair rides, animal feeding, bouncy castles, a haunted barn and face painting plus more.

Ticket prices vary and do not include the price of your pumpkin - you can find out ticket information on the Facebook page.

Organisers advice appropriate footwear might be a good shout as this time of the year can cause the field to get slightly muddy.

When: Until October 31, booking must be made prior to arrival.

Price: Ticket prices vary.

Where: Grange Farm, Lowton, WA3 1JU.

Rainford’s Christmas Trees

Rainford Christmas Trees on Catchdale Moss Farm St Helens
Pumpkin picking at Rainford Christmas Trees on Catchdale Moss Farm, St-Helens.

A hailed festivity favourite from locals, Rainford's Christmas Trees is back holding a series of pick your own pumpkins sessions throughout October.

The venue has become a local favourite for its festive tree selection that it offers each year, but as of recent years it has also grown in popularity and become a go-to place to pick your own pumpkin.

What's unique about this venue is families are invited to come along - no booking necessary - and get involved in carving their own pumpkin onsite.

Families can select their pumpkin of choice from the field and take them along inside to the Christmas barn for carving - though this isn't obligatory.

Unlike its last few years of service, this year Rainford's is running on a walk-in basis with no tickets required. Visitors are advised however that pumpkin carving onsite runs on a first come first serve basis so they say if you spot a space 'sit down QUICK!'.

Rainford's will be serving hot & cold drinks, sweets, a selection of snacks and even alcohol for the adults. You can even take a sneak peek at their Christmas range which will be on general sale from November 20.

More information regarding the event can be found on their Facebook.

When: Until October 31. Monday-Saturday 10-5pm / Sunday 10-4pm.

Price: Free entry.

Where: Catchdale Moss Farm, St Helens, WA10 5QG.

Sandhill Strawberry Farm

Sandhill Strawberry Farm has gained a glowing reputation as a pick-your-own farm with people from across the region and beyond travelling to get their hands on a basket of strawberries and other.

However that's not all you can pick here, with the farm putting on a special pumpkin event every year in October where families are invited to come along and handpick their pumpkins of choice.

Sandhill Farm is a friendly traditional working farm which welcomes families to pick from its pumpkin crop and lets youngsters get a feel for farm life by having a play on a tractor and trailer - something some farmers might be precious about!

If you'd prefer to avoid the patch, there are a selection of pumpkins to purchase in the onsite farm shop - find out more on their dedicated Facebook page.

When: Throughout October, 7 days a week 10am-6pm.

Price: Free entry.

Where: Warrington Road, Rainhill, Prescot, L35 6PG, next to Junction 7 M62 - at Rainhill Stoops.

A list of events hosted beyond the St Helens borough spanning across Merseyside can be found here for those who don't mind the commute.