Saturday, 27 October 2018

My 5 Things to do this Halloween

If like us, you've been on half term this week, I hope you've had a great few days away from the normal routine. I know some regions in the UK are on half term this coming week (we go back onTuesday) so I thought I'd share a 5 things to keep the children busy over the last few days of half term, or on the coming week.

I know Halloween isn't everyone's cup of tea, but personally I love it! It's probably something to do with my Canadian upbringing as it's a big deal over there. I'm not into the gory the gory stuff and ridiculously scary costumes, but the pumpkins, candy apples and Halloween crafts and books. Here's my 5 things which we have been loving doing this week or that we've got planned for these next couple of days...

1. Visit a pumpkin patch
This has definitely become a bit of a family tradition of ours and we've always been really lucky to live near a pumpkin patch. We headed to our local one at Doddington Hall  earlier in the week to have a look at the pumpkins, and then to Bell's Pumpkin Patch which was a drive away in Boston, Lincolnshire. You can easily make a day out of it especially if there's hay bales to climb, acres of pumpkin fields to plod through, tractors ti climb and Halloween displays to look at. Pumpkin farms are becoming ever more popular so definitely have a look on Facebook to find one local to you.

2. Halloween baking
With this cold rainy weather, tomorrow's plan is to hibernate indoors and bake some Halloween gingerbread. We picked up a set of Halloween themed cookie cutters for £1 from Asda, as well as some Halloween sprinkles and orange and green icing. The perfect activity to keep little ones occupied when the weather is like it is!

3. Collecting leaves
We go out for a walk most days and my two love to collect 'treasure' (i.e., leaves and conkers). We've done a few leaf art activities with the leaves- put a bit of red, orange and yellow paint on a plate, and sponge the back of the leaf with the paint, turn over and press onto paper with kitchen towel to get beautiful leaf prints.
My two also love being outside raking up the leaves. You can even pick up children's rakes from the garden centre so they can rake big piles of leaves and jump in them. 

4. Build an indoor den 
Use blankets and fleecy throws to build a den inside, get some Halloween or autumn themed books (we get a good selection from the library) and a Halloween projector torch (£1.50 Asda!) and they'll be content for ages!

5. Decorate and carve pumpkins
Another job for tomorrow is to decorate and carve out the pumpkins. If you don't fancy all the mess and hassle of carving one, then painting them or decorating them with glitter or stickers works really well too.

Our half term has flown by so fast this year, and I'm sure it's because I find Halloween gives me so much inspiration for things to do with the boys, even if it's just a trip to the shops to have a look at Halloween decorations, they love it! I hope you've had a great half term whatever you've been up to.



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