Animal Crossing: New Horizons pumpkin colour guide and Halloween update

The biggest Animal Crossing update since the summer is finally here, as the New Horizons residents get ready to celebrate Halloween.

Halloween may still be weeks away but Animal Crossing: New Horizons is already getting ready, with the ability to grow pumpkins and turn them into a variety of DIY creations.

The version 1.5.0 update has just dropped and as usual it’s free to download (and doesn’t take very long to do so). The main addition at the moment is pumpkins, but they’re only sold from Nook’s Cranny in October – so aren’t available on the first day of the update.

If you happen to have Leif on your island though he’ll also sell them, from his stall outside Resident Services, but if he’s not there you’re out of luck.

As with many of the seasonal resources, like eggs and acorns, pumpkins are used in special DIY recipes that you’ll begin to find around the island – in message bottles, under balloons, and from residents – during October.

Another new item from Nook’s Cranny is ‘candy’, which you should start stocking up on for Halloween. There’ll also be new costumes at the Able Sisters tailor shop and body paint and coloured contact lenses to exchange for Nook Miles – but again only from 1 October.

If you login today though the update will download and you’ll get one free gift at least, even if it isn’t anything to do with Halloween: the Ring-Con controller from Switch game Ring Fit Adventure.

There’s also a change to how visiting other islands in dreams works, as you’ll now be able to revisit ones you’ve previously been to by selecting them from a list. Although you’ll still have to get an address code for your first visit.

Halloween itself will begin at 5pm on 31 October, when all the residents will put on fancy dress and you’ll be visited by new guest Jack, who’ll give out special rewards in exchange for sweets. At the same time, residents will teach you new Reactions if you give them some treats.

This won’t be the only update this month though, as there’s another planned for later on that will add emoticon style Reactions to the NookLink Service in the Nintendo Switch Online app – if anyone still uses that.

After that, the next update will be in late November and, judging by the hints so far, will add features based around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

How to grow pumpkins in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

At first growing pumpkins seems pretty easy, as there’s only one kind of seed and if you’ve ever planted a tree or flower in the game you’ll immediately know what to do (use a shovel and dig a hole if this does happen to be your first time).

However, things are a bit more complicated than that as there are four different types of pumpkin: orange (common), yellow (uncommon), white (uncommon), and green (rare).

At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be any way to guarantee which you’ll get but you must water them every day or less will grow.

Each colour is needed for different DIY recipes, with the complete set being as follows:

Jack-O-Lantern
Pumpkin Candy Set
Pumpkin Arch
Pumpkin Stack
Pumpkin Scarecrow
Pumpkin Lantern
Pumpkin Fence
Pumpkin Stool

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