Apple Day is 21 October and it's a chance to pay tribute to one of the best-loved fruits of this land. But why not use apples to enrich another festival? Carving pumpkins is an October delight, but scary apples are an innovative twist on a halloween tradition.

Making apple monsters

  • Collect the twigs, leaves and anything else you can find in the garden.
  • Armed with these and a pile of windfall apples use pliers, scissors, bamboo skewers and more to make holes and dig out gaping mouths.
  • Use florist's wire for a few more intriguing designs.
  • On a sheltered shelf outside, these monsters will survive for weeks and become more and more ghoulish with their decay.
Scary apples for halloween and apple day
© Andrew Montgomery

Creating apple bird feeders

Apple bird feeders
© Andrew Montgomery

Garden designer Arne Maynard has used this technique before, which is essentially hanging a perfect string of apples from pleached trees. Add twigs between the apples to give the birds a place to perch while feasting.

Make a hole through the centre of the apple first (an awl is a useful tool for this), then string them together with a knot and a twig between each one.

Discover more traditions and events happening around Apple Day 2020 and read more on growing pumpkins here.

For decorating inspiration, don't miss our guide to the best outdoor Halloween décor you can buy for your porch or front garden this year.


Kristy is a designer of gardens and interiors.