Pupils from Barrowford Primary School created some ghoulish pumpkin carvings to ensure the Barley Mow looked spell-binding for its Halloween celebrations.

Mark Taft, Head of Kitchen Operations at the Seafood Pub Company who own the award-winning Barley Mow, challenged pupils at the Rushton Street school to let their imaginations run wild and come up with some spook-tacular pumpkin carvings.

Pumpkins were on display at the school’s Halloween disco before Mark named 9-year-old Lewis Weaver’s carved brain pumpkin as the winning design. 10-year-old Oscar Blackburn and 4-year-old Lucas Montgomery were runners up.

Yet others were not left disappointed, being told that their crafty work would be displayed at the Barley Mow throughout its Halloween celebrations.

“Halloween is always a special time of year at the Barley Mow, with our close proximity to Pendle Hill and its historic links to the Pendle Witches,” said Mark. “With Halloween falling in half term this year, it was the perfect excuse to get local school children involved in our events and let them help us decorate the venue.

Halloween was celebrated with two separate events at the Barley Mow, starting with a Halloween party featuring live music, face painting and apple bobbing, followed by an evening of trick or treating on the terrace on October 31st.

“It was fantastic to see the children and their families get so excited about the pumpkin carving competition,” said Barrowford School Head Teacher, Rachel Tomlinson. “They looked really spooky on display at our school disco and Lewis was really proud that his handiwork was chosen as the winner by a venue so closely linked to Halloween and the Pendle Witches.”