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Farming Up Halloween In Animal Crossing: New Horizons- Guide To The Halloween Update

Pumpkin Farming 101

The latest update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons brings Halloween and lots more to the game. We will continue to update this guide as details are discovered but here is everything you need to know to make the most of your time before October 31.


One of the biggest things to be added in the update is the ability to grow pumpkins, and they will grow year round! These pumpkins are used in crafting DIY spooky furniture. You can buy pumpkin starts from Nook during October (280 bells each), or from Lief year-round and for cheaper (140 bells)! While all pumpkin start plants look the same there are four colours of pumpkins: orange, yellow, white and green in order or rarity, what grows is random. Pumpkins take four days to grow and if you water your pumpkins each day during the growing period you will gain three pumpkins instead of two (water once) or one (don’t water). Pumpkins will also regrow every two days after the first harvest with each plant only producing a single colour, so plant lots to try and get them all. If you plant a pumpkin the same colour plant will be more likely to grow, making it fairly easy to propagate lots of a certain colour. You can place pumpkins on the ground as decoration as well, though they may count towards lowering your island rating. Pumpkins also sell for a profit! The different colours are used when customising your spooky furniture.

The pumpkins can be used to craft the spooky DIY series: Spooky Arch, Spooky Candy Set, Spooky Carriage, Spooky Chair, Spooky Fence, Spooky Garland, Spooky Lantern, Spooky Lantern Set, Spooky Scarecrow, Spooky Standing Lantern, Spooky Table, Spooky Table Setting, Spooky Tower, Spooky Wand, Spooky Wall, Spooky Floor and Spooky Rug. These DIYs are mostly obtainable through balloon presents (see out Autumn guide for a guide to Balloon Farming), crafting villagers during October, or as treats on Halloween Night, but some are restricted (see below).

Kicks and Ables

Kicks is now selling the Impish Batwings and there is also a bunch of costumes that can be randomly found at the Ables Sisters: Animal nose, Flashy Animal Boots, Flashy animal costume, Flashy Pointy-ear animal hat, Flashy round-ear animal hat, Horizontal-striped tights, Impish horns, Mage’s dress, Magic-academy hood, Magic-academy robe, Mage’s boots and Raggedy outfit.


Every day in October you can buy candy from Nook’s Cranny in preparation for Halloween Night. You can only buy one per day, but you can buy from other peoples shops as well. It is highly recommended that during October you buy candy from Nook’s every day. You can also buy some of the spooky furniture set (they are not re-orderable because they are craftable) in the seasonal item spot, but some items are only available via DIY. Candy can also be used to attract ants.

New Looks

With the update we can now get spooky with new four new freaky skin tones and six new unusual eye colours. These are purchasable with Nook Miles from the ATM.


On Halloween Night when you give your villagers candy (i.e. Treat) they can give you Halloween DIY recipes, spooky furniture or lollypops! DO NOT SELL THE LOLLYPOPS! Give them to Jack to unlock the Spooky Carriage DIY among other things, they are his favourite.

Halloween Night

On October 31 at or after 5pm is Halloween Night. Make sure you dress up in some of the new Halloween clothing, grab your candy and head to the Plaza. You can give candy to villagers if you feel like treating and they will reward you, but if you choose trick they may prank you! You can only get the spooky wall, floor and rug DIY’s on this day by giving candy. Giving villagers or Jack candy can unlock the new Reactions Scare and Haunt. You can also get candy from three villagers inside their homes on Halloween Night if you’re dressed up. If you give candy to Jack you can get Jack’s Face and Jack’s Robe so you can dress up like him, as well as other goodies. If you dress up like Jack and talk to your villagers they may mistake you for Jack and give you candy. Persistence with giving Jack candy is recommended.

If you missed the update stream check it out below:

What do you think of this update? Have any questions or think something is missing, drop a comment below.

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When Eleanore isn’t trying to figure out how the Earth works she’s trying to pay off her loan in Animal Crossing, complete her Pokedex or finishing one more RPG or platformer. She is a lover of great characters, cute or creative art styles and awesome game soundtracks.


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