I haven’t been writing these last couple of weeks, as I was spending quality time during the October holidays with my Little Peter Pan. As we swapped our October Walt Disney World trip out for December, we spent the fortnight at home partaking in fun halloween activities and spending precious time together. Today I’m going to write about the fun we had and some family traditions we follow at this time of year.
Aside from the usual walks, visits to the park, baking activities and library visits, its lovely to experience whats on in your local community during the school holidays. Quinn had a fun day at our local shopping centre Bon Accord, where he took part in a pumpkin hunt, receiving a sweet treat once he had found the hidden pumpkins in the shop windows. The Bon Accord always make a fantastic effort to entertain your little ones during the school holidays, and this time was no exception. The “indoor beach” from summer was spooktastically transformed into a halloween play area, fit with a giant witches cauldron, hat and spider and two fun grave ball pits! It certainly made our shopping trip a treat for Quinn and for me who got to shop without being asked how much longer we would be!
The lead up to Halloween wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the pumpkin farm, and our favourite place to visit is Charlton Fruit Farm near Montrose. During the summer, the bustling farm is filled with delicious pick your own berries and come autumn, pumpkins of every shape, size and colour. Such great effort goes into transforming the farm store, cafe and its surroundings into a scary wonderland, it really is amazing! Quinn always feels so scared, but loves our visits there and he couldn’t wait to play in the fantastic play park once he had chosen out his perfect pumpkins.
Easter Anguston Farm is a much loved place that our little family love to visit each season. You may remember when I last wrote about the farm and the Fairy Woods during our Easter visit. The Fairy Woods are so magical and an unbelievable amount of effort goes into maintaining and changing the theme of the area. The fairy houses were decorated with tiny pumpkins and candy for halloween and were absolutely adorable. Quinn nearly cried with excitement when he discovered that a new Never Land fairy house had been added. It included the nursery, the Indian encampment and Peter Pans hideout! I love how Quinn gets drawn in by the magic of it all and makes his all important wish at the wishing tree, which he tells me is always to fly to Never Land with Peter Pan!
Another family tradition we like to follow is to visit Crathes Castle and take part in the annual Stoats Creepy Crawl, which includes a forest trail hunt and some spooky games. Unfortanatley the freezing rain cut our Crathes activities short this year, but Quinn still got to have a go at some activities such as “dooking” for apples and managed to hold seven neaps in his arms before dropping any!
Christmas is just around the corner now and I cant wait to see what we will get up to both here and over in America. Is anyone else as excited as I am?