Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on October 31st, 2014

 

A Day packed with Halloween fun

Here at Coombe Mill Halloween has become one of the calender highlights here on the farm. Year on year the activities have developed from simple trick or treating to a full on day of spooky fun. After the success of last year and lots of people rebooking to return this year I was keen to come up with a day to remember.   

 

 

Halloween Invite

 

 My children helped to decorate the tractor and ghost train on Thursday evening so they were already to welcome everyone aboard a spooky ride.

 

Halloween Feed Run 2014

 

It was a full turn out with everyone already in high spirits for the day ahead. Chasing chickens in fancy dress and capturing sheep was quite a sight and everyone joined in with a week’s worth of farm confidence to help.

 

 Halloween Feed Run Fun at Coombe Mill

We split the craft times into two one for the youngers ones and one for the older ones and it was a good decision as there was so much going on if we’d all been together it would’ve been overwhelming for some of the younger ones. Thankfully the weather was warm and clear, if a bit windy, so we were able to do everything in the garden.

Spooky Crafts

Each group left the craft session with a challenge for later in the afternoon. We had a witches cauldron bubbling and it needed it’s magic ingredients to wave a spell and make the afternoon games and ghost train run. The children had to use their imaginations on a scavenger hunt across the farm turning nature into spooky ingredients from this handy tick sheet.

 

Spooky Nature Scavenger Hunt

 

Armed with all the children’s crafts we set about transforming the log store into a floodlit games area and the Fairy Garden into a ghostly walk. The children delighted in joining us to prepare for the games ahead.

 

Decorating the Fairy Garden and Log Store for Halloween games

 

At 4pm sharp everyone was back armed with their ingredients for the witches cauldron. They ticked off some imaginative entries with stones, leaves, feathers and twigs and each gave the potion a stir. The spell worked and the games began!

 

The witches cauldron

 

First off a trip to the “Bad Fairy Gardens” in search of apples. the children dropped these into our pan of warm water and took the 20 second challenge at apple bobbing. From here they dunked their faces in a bowl of flour in search of a sweet. For anyone less willing to ruin their face paint we had pin the arm on the skeleton. 

 

 Halloween Games

 

Musical statues or musical zombies with ghost music was a great way to bring everyone back into the games. Before we knew it the time had raced away, the light was fading fast and it was time to move over to the lawn by the Train for a game of cross the Graveyard filled with ghosts and dementors led by Guy. and Clio . 

 

 Musical statues & cross the graveyard games

From here the children queued  at Coombe Halt to wait for Guy to open up the train. Shrieks of delight and measured fear filled the evening skies as the train performed lap after lap and darkness took hold.

 

Ghost Train

 

Just time to regroup, ensure everyone had their pumpkins lit for Coombe Mill’s biggest ever Trick or treat organised marathon across 16 properties with more children than I could count!

 

 Trick or Treating

This was without doubt a Halloween to remember and worth every minute of organising to see the excitement in the children all day and bedtime couldn’t come soon enough for some!

 

End of a long Halloween day of fun at Coombe Mill 

 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Mummy Constant so often has beautiful photos from a day out but this one in the autumn leaves is really special

Spotting leaves becomes a great challenge with these leaf spotting sheets from Side Street Style  

Sometimes it's great to let the lids take control when you are out in the park as Mummy M's Memories discovered.

Creative Star enjoys a tour of our Fairy Garden at Coombe Mill

It is the season for spooky fun and pumpkins and I've loved all the pumpkin patches around the country. This one from Life as My Little Family really caught my eye.

Remembering the world Wars are always front of mind at this time of year. I love the history A Family Day Out found in this little village

Finally some great beach fun from My Monkey's Don't Sit Still

 

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