THE winter squash we associate with this time of year isn’t just famous for its edible and spooky qualities – but for how large they can grow.

Many people – including many from Dorset – love to grow pumpkins and contests take place each year to see who can cultivate the largest.

These images show a selection of pumpkin based events taking place over the past 20 years, and include one of a young girl with a green pumpkin made to look like a spooky monster.