Every year our Halloween Fun Day seems to grow a little more involved. I thought last year we had peaked; the weather, the events and the participation all came together to make the most wonderful experience for everyone involved. Yet each year I am conscious that for many who rebook from year to year, the children will be a year older with even high expectations than the previous year. For this reason I try to bring in fresh ideas with the old favourites. This year I really think we pulled that off, with a fun day to rival events anywhere. So much so I’m splitting the day over 2 posts and sharing part 2 next week.
Fancy dress animal feed run
The day begins with a fancy dress feed run. I dressed the tractor and trailer the night before so it was all ready to spook the children in the morning, though I fear I may have gone a little overboard this year as a couple of the youngest were a little afraid to climb on board! Even Farmer Nick and some of the parents joined in with Fancy dress which made the children laugh.
It adds a fun spin on the daily tractor rides as the children see if their costumes have spooked the animals or if they will still come over for their food. Needless to say food wins and the animals refuse to be spooked!
Halloween Fun Day Crafts
We have a couple of clear hours after the feed run to set up the rest of the day’s events which flow right though to the evening. The first one is the Halloween crafts. We had a trail run at most of these last week as we created the Halloween Display. However managing the crafts on a larger scale with so many children meant a few changes were necessary.
The lanterns worked well last week so we repeated this one. They also doubled up later in the evening to light the way alongside the pumpkins for Trick or Treating.
Next we reused the apple and potato fabric printing from last week, although instead of joining them all to make bunting, this time the children printed onto squares of material and mounted them on black card to take home.
With so many children we only had time for one more craft for our fun day. As most were older than last week we swapped ghost prints for spooky eyes. Cutting triangles into black painted toilet rolls gave us the eyes while placing glow sticks inside made them spooky in the dark.
Spooky Activity Trail
In the past for our halloween Fun Day we have had a trail with spooky things to spot and count up. This year with a little help from the triplets dressed in various guises we turned the static trail into much more of an interactive activity session.
First up was the Fairy Gardens which had a witch cast a wicked spell and fill it up with a spider’s web. The children had to clamber through the web collecting a spider ring each on their way.
From here we made our way to the den building area where the children had to ring the wind chime to make the ghost come out of his den and play his spooky message.
Across at the pirate boat an evil pirate had been baking gruesome cakes blood red from the blackberries inside! Each climbed up the stairs to meet the pirate before sliding back down with their cake. They must have been fooled as even the older ones had to ask me if it was OK to eat the cake!
Down on the farm path a witch was waiting with a basket of insects covered in sticks and leaves. Each child took a lucky dip to see what they could find.
Excited by the activities the children raced on ahead to find the devil hiding on the island on the island. Here they had to try and spray him with Holy Water to take the evil away.
After converting the Devil there was an evil intruder to deal with. He had been captured in the aviaries and needed pelting with deadly flour to ensure he didn’t escape.
Our chores were nearly done, just one last stop to make at the witch who had created her brew in the Mud Kitchen. The children had to delve deep in the pumpkin goo to find a glowing bracelet as a pass to ride on the Ghost Train later.
Already it had been quite a day, but we still had the excitement of Halloween Games, the Ghost Train and the legendary Coombe Mill Trick or Treating to follow. I hope you’ll catch up with me next week to see how we fared in part two of our Halloween Fun Day.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.