Aldi has created a guide to alternative Halloween carving, providing inspiration for creations such as sprout spiders and onion ghosts.
The discounter is encouraging its customers to decorate their homes with fresh produce such as apples, courgettes, onions and Brussel sprouts – as well as the classic pumpkin jack-o’-lantern – as it gears up for the Halloween weekend.
Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi, said: “Halloween is a time for fun and creativity for all the family. Adding variety with seasonal fruit and vegetables will make for an imaginative change.
“At Aldi, we are committed to offering shoppers the best quality, fresh fruit and vegetables all year round, with Halloween being no exception. ”
Previous years have seen a pumpkin shortage but, this year, Aldi’s suppliers have had a successful crop, the retailer reported.
This follows a shortage of pumpkins last year due to poor growing conditions, which saw some growers run out before the crucial Halloween peak.
In response, growers planted an additional 500 acres this year, according to figures from the British Growers’ Association. And growers are anticipating strong yields.
Aldi’s discount competitor Lidl expects to sell over 70,000 of the seasonal squash in a single day – Saturday 29 October.
The NFU’s chief horticulture adviser Chris Hartfield said: “At this time of year, we celebrate the best of the British harvest with seasonal favourites like the iconic and versatile pumpkin. Farmers and growers have been working hard to ensure good supplies of British pumpkins are in store in time for Halloween.”