AN ANNUAL Hampshire pumpkin festival is underway – and this year it returns with a special spooky surprise.

Sunnyfields Farm annual pumpkin festival is back this year, where people of all ages can come and pick their own pumpkins ahead of Halloween.

This year however, there is a spectacle to be seen with the farm’s highly anticipated “Pumpkin Pyramid” being on show to the public free of charge.

Speaking about the farm’s newest addition, employee at Sunnyfields, Tom Nelson, said: “It’s our forth year running the festival but this is the first big structure we’ve created, this is only the beginning.”

He added: “There are at least three to four thousand pumpkins in the pyramid alone, and a lot of man hours went in to making it with people passing them down a line like a human chain.

“We are expecting upwards of twenty thousand people over the course of the festival.”

The free to enter farm opened on Saturday and is set to remain open until Thursday October 31.

The farm provides free parking and wheelbarrows, letting children run wild until they find the perfect pumpkin they want to buy.

For a closer look at the pyramid structure, tractor and trailer rides are available, and for a small fee people can opt to carve their chosen pumpkin at the farm with a host of cool and unique equipment that they provide.

There is also a charity element to the farm this year as the public are encouraged to bring some old clothes with them on their visit, to make a scarecrow on the farm.

These clothes can then be donated to the Naomi’s House Hospice that support young children.

Sunnyfields farm is located on Jacob’s Gutter Lane, on the outskirts of Totton.

Other pumpkin festivals around the area include Pickwell Farm, in Grange Road, Bursledon, where this year you will be able to pick your own pumpkin once again.

It will cost £3 to pick a large pumpkin and £2 for small or medium ones.

The Pumpkin Picking Patch in Ringwood Road, Fordingbridge, also returns this year with over 15 varieties of pumpkins and gourds on 30 acres across its two sites.