Animal Crossing: New Horizons autumn update is live, but you can't grow pumpkins until October 1

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The Animal Crossing: New Horizons autumn update has officially arrived, but you won't be able to start growing your pumpkin patches right away. 

If you're anything like me, you probably jumped right into the game as soon as you could to see your island decorated with autumnal colours. But as many players have noticed, nothing has changed just yet. While you can download the latest patch today, it seems you won't be able to experience the pumpkin-growing spookiness the new season brings until the official start of the new month tomorrow on October 1. 

The addition of Animal Crossing: New Horizons pumpkins in the update is sure to get us all in the Halloween spirit, with new recipes and different pumpkin variants to grow in the build-up to the actual event itself on October 31. Prior to the autumn update, we've already seen a host of adorable new autumnal recipes appear on the island from presents in the sky. These recipes can be made from acorns and pinecones that fall from trees when you give them a good shake. 

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Nintendo announced the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fall update just a few days ago, revealing it was set to go live today and bring with it candy, new eye colours, and reactions to see in the spooky season. The announcement also revealed that island-dwellers will be receiving a special gift for downloading the update in the form of an adorable Ring-Con controller for all your exercising needs. I got mine in the post first thing this morning, and it's the perfect little addition to my Switch and TV set-up in-game. 

Besides the Ring-Con and Isabelle commenting on the end of September, we'll have to wait one more day to experience the real fall goodness coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.  

Excited for the new season? Here's everything you need to know about the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween event. 

Heather Wald
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I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.