In my opinion, October is one of the best months of the year. For families, we are treated to a full month of activities, fun and yummy treats. Not only that, but we also get to enjoy a week off school thanks to the October half term.

Being separated from Luke’s dad does make exciting months like this quite difficult to plan. There’s so much on offer in our local area that planning our weekends around said events and each other can be super tricky. Lucky for us, we’ve managed to plan a relatively busy month that includes all of us, so Luke doesn’t have to miss out on anything.

Blackmoor Apple Tasting

We’ve been looking forward to this for weeks now. As soon as it starts to look a bit autumnal outside, I know it’s nearly time for the Blackmoor Apple Tasting event! Every October we head out to the Blackmoor Estate and spend the morning exploring for free. There are loads of stalls with different varieties of apples and pears to taste, mulled cider stalls{!!}, snakes and creepy crawlies for the children to marvel at and hold (last year Luke stroked a snake!), loads of bespoke crafty stalls selling everything from hand drawn greeting cards to beautiful homemade wooden platters (and this hella cute wooden fox ornament). There’s also a horse and cart ride, hot dogs/burger stalls, local produce and a food court.

Best of all, you can buy your pumpkins! You can’t get through October without posting at least one pumpkin patch photo up in your Instagram or Facebook page! Look out for ours! 😉

Our October Plans at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

Our October Plans at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

Our October Plans at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

Halloween Parties

Luke’s PTA school Halloween party is just before the October half term. This year he wants to dress up as a skeleton, which I’m quite happy with as it means I can find a matching outfit for him and his brother. The PTA is really great at Luke’s school and there’s always lots of fun stuff for the kids to do.

The party is obviously just for Luke and the lower year groups, but we will have our own mini family Halloween party a little closer to the 31st. Luke and Oscar can dress up, we’ll play Halloween games and bake some Halloween treats. Last year I bought Luke a Halloween themed Paw Patrol t shirt which glows in the dark and some colourful glow sticks too. We turned all the lights off and snuggled down to watch some {not so} spooky films together, which I can imagine we will probably do again this year too.

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Half Term

This year Mikey has half term off, so we’ve got him to ourselves for an entire week. Money is tight, originally we were going to try and book a couple of nights away at Haven, but that wasn’t an option in the end. We looked around at other family friendly places but decided we’d better just stay at home and see what’s around.

We live in an area where there’s always lots of local events on, so I don’t doubt for a minute that we will have a jam packed half term. Luke’s school stays open through the holidays and hosts activities every day. On one of the days it’s £2 for as long as like on a bouncy castle with refreshments etc provided. I imagine we will definitely go to that! There are also ninja assault courses and baking days which could be worth visiting. We’ll also pop around to visit my Grandpa (great PawPaw to the boys) and pack up the wellies for a few muddy woodland walks.

Halloween Crafts

Can you  get through a school holiday without doing some sort of crafting or activities with the kids? We have a huge supply of crafts at home after setting up the ultimate craft kit and so we will definitely be getting creative. Previously, we’ve made Halloween Toilet Roll Bats, Ghostly Garlands and Tissue Paper Pumpkins, as well as our very own 3-in-1 Halloween party game. I’ve got loads of ideas for crafts and other relocates bits and bobs on my Halloween Pinterest board, so I’ll be using that for inspiration.

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Fireworks Night

I have no idea why, but our fireworks night is being held on the 27th October, so we will definitely be attending that! We love on the same road as the park, so it’s not far for us to walk which avoids that problem of having to find somewhere to park the car at shows like this. I imagine that we will have to get some form of ear defenders for Oscar – any recommendations? We’ll probably also do some Firework Night themed process art in the morning to get us pumped up for our night out.

Wizard Weekend At The Watercress Line

Another local event that we are all super excited to attend! A couple of years ago we visited Thomas and Friends and rode all the steamys from Alton to Arlesford. Just before Halloween, we will be visiting The Watercress Line again but this time we’ll be dressed up in our spooky Halloween costumes for their Wizard Weekend. As a massive Harry Potter fan, I’m excited to explore the carriage they used in the Harry Potter films and walk along the official Kings Cross footbridge from the film. There’s the opportunity to dress up in Hogwarts robes and take some magical selfies, which I definitely won’t be passing up. There’s also loads of other cool stuff, like seeing owls and falcons, finding out how witches broom sticks are made, witnessing some real life magic and, obviously, there will be face painting! We’re heading there on Sunday 28th but the weekend starts on Saturday 27th October.

Finkley Down Farm

Towards the end of the month Luke’s got a school trip planned to visit Hampshire/s award winning Finkley Down Farm. They’ve been learning basic biology and reading from reference books, so the trip ties in with their curriculum. I haven’t ever been to Finkley Down Farm before but I am pretty sure that Luke’s visited the farm before with his dad. That was a pretty long time ago though and it’s always way better to go somewhere exciting with all your mates, so I’m sure he will love it!

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Halloween!

We will be enjoying our own mini Halloween party, watching films and eating snacks. We will, of course, be carving pumpkins as well and then roasting the seeds! This year I think I’m going to paint my pumpkin. Luke has hinted he might enjoy doing that more than carving as well, so I best stock up on some paints! I’m thinking of painting a unicorn…it seems to be the done thing!

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