Of all the days out we have enjoyed recently Lil G was most looking forward to this one. A fun family spooky day out at the National Forest Adventure Farm. Lil G was most excited because amongst other things, we were returning to show Mr H the two scarecrows Betty O’Harley and Harry O’Hay which we made back in August. You can read more about our ex-straw-dinary visit here.
Yesterday (24th October) saw the start of the Half-Term Halloween Spook-tacular event which runs at the farm until Sunday 2nd November. In true National Forest Adventure Farm style no expense has been spared. The decoration, staff interaction and dress up really is superb. There was a number of events running throughout the day to keep children and parents alike entertained. For a full list of the events visit the website here. On entry you will receive a full pack with a schedule of events with timings and with most activities doubling up over the day you shouldn’t miss any.
On arrival, we first headed over to the farm animals and scarecrow area…
What I like about this areas is how it is set up. It is specifically for small children. With a petting corner and staff on hand to talk to the children about the animals we had a lovely wander around asking each of the animals what their names were. Despite the animals not answering Lil G’s questions he was quick to make up names for them! He particularly enjoyed talking to the Cows although he thought they were a bit stinky, that would be the big poo one treated us too! Yuk.
And then we were off to find our scarecrows. The scarecrow area has now been transformed into a Mummy Hunt, with 16 mummies hiding around the area. We didn’t manage to find them all as Lil G was so distracted by finding his scarecrows.
It wasn’t long before the time arrived for Lil G to take part in a lesson or two at Scare School and Broomstick Training. You do need to sign up for these two sessions as they can get busy so be sure to make your way to the booking area before you get distracted! We learnt how to pull the best scary face (or not so scary in our case)…
…and how to make spooky noises and of course how to do the monster stomp just like Whalley the Werewolfe…
Lil G particularly enjoyed these two sessions which were run by three wonderful farm folk. A Smiley Ghost, Whalley the Werewolfe and a Bat Girl which Lil G went on to practice his scare skills on! Poor girl, he ran her ragged. He was the perfect age for this type of fun and as they only ran for roughly 15/20 minutes each they really did grab his attention and allow us a few minutes to enjoy a nice hot drink! Lil G even managed to come up with the name of a spell to make the magic broomsticks go Whooosshh… Hocus Pocus! Which he has continued to repeat for the rest of the day and demand a broomstick!
The time had finally come. To make our way to the pumpkin patch. Mr H and I were particularly looking forward to this part of our visit. Lil G has become so aware of Halloween this year and has been asking to have pumpkins in the house for a few days now, so coming along to the Halloween Spook-tacular event was perfect timing for us.
I really enjoyed the pumpkin patch area. With each paying child you are able to pick one pumpkin for FREE. If you would prefer not to get a little muddy then you are able to take one from the Boo Barn area. However, as we had so much fun hunting around for our pumpkin I would highly recommend that you pop on your wellies and visit the field. Big or Small, Big or small. So many decisions. You then have the option of taking your pumpkin away with you or heading over to the Pumpkin Carving Workshop where there are some lovely staff on hand to help ‘pumpkin carving novices’ like Our Little Family.
Despite it being a rather chilly morning at the farm, we wrapped up warm and enjoyed the fresh air and stunning blue skies. What better way to start your weekend than picking our first ever pumpkin and then carving it. It was spook-tacular! A perfect family day.
Disclosure: We received entrance to the National Forest Adventure Farm FOC, all words and opinions remain my own.