Unfortunately we have been very short staffed for the last few weeks due to a staff changeover and Becca falling over and badly damaging her knee. This has meant that all the hours of preparation needed to decorate the farm and organise the event for this weekend have not been possible. With storytelling, spooky tunnels, scary trails, pumpkin carving, craft activities, goody bags, fortune telling, apple bobbing, bat mobiles, lantern building and feely boxes, it is no small task for our events team of three. And when that is reduced to a team of 1.5 it is almost impossible.
But all is not lost. Instead our Youth Leader, Mike Price, will be running a shorter activity next Tuesday morning where children can make Haunted Hotels to take home for garden creepy crawlies, plus they can toast marshmallows and chestnuts on an open fire. An event which will celebrate the dark nights for those who enjoy hibernation and help bring light back into the darkness for those who do not.
For us, Halloween is all about the change in seasons, celebrating the dark nights, and preparing for the winter months, with less emphasis on the commercial associations. We are sorry to all those who normally attend our Halloween events at the farm, but plans are already in place to make next year’s event an even bigger celebration of the traditional Halloween.
Our next big community event will be a visit from Father Christmas, carols around the tree and mulled wine which will be held here on Sunday 14th December at 4pm - and you are all invited!
The small Halloween activity on Tuesday 28th October will run from 10.30-12.30 and will cost £3 per child. Places need to be booked in advance by calling 01630 638696.