Halloween for the past two years has fallen in the school October half term. Many of our guests are regulars at any time of year, but this week especially is one that re books quickly on the back of our Halloween fun. Last year we made a successful ghost house from a property we were taking down but with no empty property to trash this year it was back to the drawing board for me to come up with an evening of fun to thrill. The train is our big new development this year and I was determined to make this a part of the day so the ghost house became a ghost train. However the rides are not that long and I wanted to extend the fun so this became the advertised agenda for the day:
A haunted feed run
It always seems such a shame to only use those lovely outfits for an hour of trick or treating, so we invited everyone to come on the morning feed run in fancy dress and Farmer Kym transformed the tractor into a Ghost mobile. It was much appreciated and taken in good spirit at the beginning of our spooky day of fun.
Little craft helpers
There was just enough time at the end of the tractor run to wash hands and grab a drink before heading over to my house to help with our haunted decorations. I had deliberately planned some really simple crafts that everyone could do from the youngest to oldest. Nothing expensive or complicated but everyone had heaps of fun following my “here’s one I prepared earlier” guide to bats, spiders and ghosts made from toilet roll holders, bin bags, a silver pen, willow sticks and black wool; all completed still in fancy dress of course!
Boil bubble toil and trouble:
Taking inspiration from 3 kids and a glue stick, who linked up to Country Kids last week with a great Halloween activity, I handed out sheets to the children of things to find during the day. Any two potion ingredients from the list were needed as entry to the fun later in the afternoon.
While all the children then disappeared to enjoy some family time, fulfil their spooky challenge and prepare their cottages and pumpkins Farmer Kym and I carried their crafts over to the train tunnel and log store to make our wet weather back up games room and ghost train. I think we had as much fun as the children putting this together!
5pm and we were ready to roll.
Everyone gathered at the station armed with gruesome goodies which had been diligently collected to add to the wizard’s cauldron. We gave the potion a good stir and set some haunted words and as if my magic the train driver, our resident expert Guy, set off on his rounds.
We took the younger children on the first rides before turning on the smoke machine and super scary music (thank you Farmer Kym) as the light fell away to darkness for the older children and adults. Thankfully not a drop of rain as the train chuffed round ride after ride.
While we all assembled ready for trick or treating we had a few party games lined up in the log store. The children were buzzing with excitement of the day and only too glad to throw themselves, quite literally in some cases, into an apple bobbing contest.
For those who were less keen on a cold wet head we had pin the arm on the skeleton and a lovely large space to show off costumes; seamless fun for the children and just enough time for parents to nip back to their properties and light the pumpkins.
Trick or Treat
Finally the part the children love best of all. It was no easy task creating an orderly procession of thirty children from house to house. However I found the hidden school teacher lurking within me and managed to keep the older ones from pushing in front or grabbing at more than their share of goodies. The children were very respectful, patiently waiting their turn at every door and staying together as a group. I have to say a huge thank you to all the parents for the ample treats we encountered at every house and for really entering into the spirit of the day.
I fully intend to carry this year’s winning Halloween formula over to next year. Spaces for the October half term week are open to book as from today. I hope we will be welcoming some new faces along with the familiar ones for 2014.
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