A Halloween Spook-Tacular Day

We spent the first day of our Half Term at the wonderful National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton Upon Trent. We visited back in the summer when it was their record breaking scarecrow attempt and we saw the world record be broken!
Charlie loves the farm – when I asked if he wanted to go back he was very excited saying he wanted to see his scarecrow and also go on the big bouncy pillow – he loves these pillows!
So off we went to the Spook-Tacular event. When we arrived we went to check out the Boo Barn which has been all decked out with Halloween decorations. It’s here where the Broomstick Training and Scare School takes place. The guide said that they had two sessions in the morning and afternoon but they seemed to be doing more to ensure everyone got a turn. We decided to go and pick our pumpkin first. It is one of the few places in the Midlands with a Pumpkin Patch to pick your own pumpkin. Charlie had to have a go on the barrel stampede ride which he really enjoyed, especially as he was the front one!
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The field where all the pumpkins are is absolutely HUGE! I have never ever picked my own pumpkin so I have to admit I was quite excited. All children over the age of two get a voucher for a pumpkin so we handed in the ticket and set off to choose the best looking pumpkin.
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We finally settled on a huge round gorgeously bright orange one which was rather heavy!! I lugged it back to the Boo Barn where you can carve your pumpkin with help from the staff.
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I have to admit I have never carved one by myself and couldn’t believe how hard it was!! Thought my arm may drop off but Charlie helped scoop and push the eyes and mouth out. I’m afraid our attempt won’t win many prizes but we had fun.
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After we had finished carving it was time for Charlie to get his broomstick licence! There is a small class showing the kids how to properly ride their broomsticks! It was lots of fun and the kids seemed to be loving “flying” on their sticks. A very clever idea for the kids.
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Learning all about the ‘Fly-way Code’
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My sister took Charlie into the scare hotel which he said he wasn’t scared but she suggested otherwise! I think it’s one for the older kids as one came out crying!
We had a walk round the animals, and of course the obligatory bouncing on the bouncy pillows which Charlie absolutely loves! He also wanted to find his scarecrow we made in the summer but sadly his one was near a bunch that must have fallen over in the wind so we gave the pile a wave! All the scarecrows are on show and it’s quite a sight to see!
Yet another fabulous day at the adventure farm. It’s lovely to see that they don’t just have the main activity of picking pumpkins but put on extra entertainment to ensure that it really is a day out. Whilst we had been here before, as there’s always so much variety no ons gets bored. We really love going and the effort that’s been made at the farm.
You can visit until Sunday and you can also dress up to win prizes. There is also a Mummy hunt where you need to find all the Mummy’s names to again win a prize. So much for all the family to enjoy and we just loved the pumpkin picking patch.
B xx
 Disclosure: We were given complimentary admission to the park but all words and opinions are my own.


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  1. Karen Bell
    5th November 2014 / 11:46 am

    It looks like a really fun day. The broomstick lesson is a very different fun idea! 🙂