Pumpkin Picking at Hurley’s Farm

Pumpkin picking is something I have only ever done in a supermarket, but it is becoming increasingly popular for families to visit local farms and to pick their own.

After seeing lots of pictures on social media last Halloween, I really wanted to try it out for myself this year. Living in London doesn’t help as most of the farms/patches are quite rural so you will need a car to get to them.

We found one out in Battlesbridge, Essex called Hurley’s Pumpkin Forest. Not only was the entry into the farm free but they also had fun family games area for the children to join in on.

As we arrived we quickly noticed how busy it was, there was ample of space for parking on site but it was filling up fast and people were having to park out on the road. We managed to find a spot on the farm and with two very excited boys off we went in search of our pumpkin.

To get to the pumpkin field you had to pass through the games area, which I might add was a lovely little surprise. I never quite expected there to be so much for the children to do. They got to

  • Find their way through the Witches Maze

  • Have a go at pumpkin bowling (no pumpkin was used just a ball)

  • Throw a welly boot at a target at Wizard’s Welly Wanging
  • Aim for the holes in Pumpkin Wizzbee

  • Ride in the Pumpkin carriage pulled by a pony
  • Paint your own pumpkin (£3)
  • Enter the huge maize maze (for a fee)
  • Plus plenty more games to try

The children were given a ‘Things I did today’ card as they entered the farm with all of the fun things to do on it and they got to tick each one off once they had done them.

There is also a refreshment cart selling spiced pumpkin hot chocolate, as well as other refreshments like hot dogs and waffles.

The pumpkin fields are actually where the Christmas trees are being grown and the pumpkins are scattered around for you to choose from. There were crates that offered different varieties of pumpkin as well as squash. We went quite late in the day and these crates were pretty empty and also the pumpkins for us to choose from were not that big, but I imagine there to be a better choice and variety if you arrive earlier in the day.

I was a little disappointed as I had in mind that we got to, actually, pick our own pumpkins from the ground. But, we still had fun looking around the fields searching for our forever Halloween pumpkin.

Our pumpkin cost us £3 , I think my son was happy with his purchase. Beats shopping in a  supermarket any day!

There were also plenty of wheelbarrows scattered around for you to use and fill up till your heart’s content, or in our case have a well-earned rest at the end of a delightful and fun day

Hurley’s Pumpkin Forest is open until 31st October, 9-5 and is free to enter. You only pay for the pumpkins that you buy and any additional activities that you want to try.




Make Your Own Mouthy Trick Or Treat Bags for Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween? Whether you’re ready or not, I can bet that your children are already planning what they are going to wear and how they want the house decorated ready for the many trick or treaters that will be knocking on your door.

Help your children collect their goodies in these spooky trick or treat bags. Which are also ideal to give out to any spooky guests that may turn up at your door


They are simple to make and a fun activity for the children to do over the half term

You will need:


  • Paper bags
  • Acrylic paints or felt pens
  • Scissors
  • Black marker pen
  • Pencil

First cut away the handle from the top of the bag


Then place your hand on top of the bag, in the middle with your fingertips touching the top and mark with a pencil either side of your fingers (little and pointing finger)20171015_113139

Now draw in your monsters mouth – this will be your new handle

Once your mouth in place you can then draw your monster. Be as spooky as you like


Why not draw a zombie monster or a spider?

Choose the colour and paint your monster, think bright colours like; orange, purple, green and red.



You can design both sides with different characters or just do one side.

Add sparkle in with some glitter, paint it with glow in the dark paint or even some googly eyes

Now you’re ready to fill the bags with goodies


Have a spooktacular Halloween 🙂



Shortbread Witches Fingers Recipe

With Halloween coming up these scary little shortbread biscuits, shaped to look like fingers would go down well with the children and would look fabulous on any spooky table of party food.


They are easy to make so the children can join in.


  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 50g refined caster sugar
  • 80g Butter
  • drop of vanilla essence


  • Sift the flour into a bowl, add the caster sugar and then the butter. Cut the butter up into small pieces, it makes it easier to combine with the flour and sugar
  • Using your fingers combine the mixture, by crumbling it between your fingers.
  • Mould into a ball and leave in the fridge for an hour.
  • Divide the dough into 10 little balls.


  • Shape each dough ball into a rectangle shape. Using a knife make a slit all the way down the middle and add in some strawberry jam. Mould the dough back together and into finger shape.


  • Use a spoon or a knife to mark in the knuckles and use an almond piece for the finger nail. You can use a little jam to keep it in place.

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  • Place in the oven at 160F for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them. Remove when turning golden brown around the sides


If the fingers spread out a little whilst in the oven, remove and reshape using the edge of 2 knifes to push it back into shape.

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy 🙂


Spooky Marsh Farm #countrykids

Halloween isn’t only for trick or treating!

Our Halloween day was special as not only was we spending it with Nanny but we was going to visit Marsh Farm in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex. The boys got dressed up into their Halloween costumes all ready to spook anyone they would meet.

Marsh farm is an Animal Adventure park in Essex which is set on over 30 acres of beautiful farm land, The farm offers you a chance to meet and cuddle the animals, feed the birds through the aviary, take a pony ride, enjoy a spin on a tractor, play in the outdoor fun adventure park and if the weather is wet and cold the children can run off some steam in the indoor soft play area whilst the adults can relax and drink some lovely hot chocolate. Through out the year Marsh Farm put on some special events like Teddy Bears Picnic, Christmas Market and Wizards and Witches.

We visited the farm on 31st October, the boys were all dressed up in their halloween outfits and couldn’t wait to have some spooky fun on the farm.



As soon as we arrived the boys were given a treat bag as they were dressed up, it included some sweets and some spooky stickers. We made our way to the witches cabin to take part in the spellmakers challenge, the boys joined in adding things to the couldron to produce a special spell in which they were rewarded with a bag of rainbow drops.


Next we went to meet the goats, these were Olivers favourite animals ans he really enjoyed feeding them the food that we had bought from the visitors centre, he even tried to kiss them




We walked around the farm looking at the animals and birds, we saw Reindeers, Alpacas, Llamas, Owls, Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Pigs, Donkeys and Ponies. There were actors walking around all dressed up Cello the Wizard, Winifred the Witch, Stilts walker and Edward and Mildred unfortunately we couldn’t get close enough to see them as Oliver was very scared of them.


The farm was offering so many things to do like pumpkin carving, ghost train rides, magic show and monster crafts.

The boys enjoyed playing in the soft play area and riding on the mini tractors, milking a cow and playing in the outdoor adventure area where they dug up the sand with the diggers.


The Farm is a lovely place to visit and i’m sure we would have done so much more if the weather was slightly better.

I’m linking up with Coombemills countrykids linky, why not pop on over to see what other fabulous activities you can get up to in the great outdoors and while your there check out Coombe Mill Farm website for a brilliant family holiday.

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Glowing Spooky Eyes

Looking for a quick and easy Halloween craft to do with the children?

Scare your unwanted guests on Halloween Night with these simple but brilliant Glow in the Dark Spooky Eyes.


Use the inner cardboard tubes from the toilet or kitchen roll to make these fabulous spooky eyes

You will need;
Cardboard tubes
Glow in the dark sticks
String to hang

Cut out the shape of your eyes on the cardboard tube.
Place some string through the tube so you can it from a branch on a tree or on your porch
Place a glow in the dark stick inside the tube and watch your eyes glow!


You can also leave the spooky eyes in hedges or bushes 🙂

Happy Halloween!


Monster High Ghouls Rule DVD Review

I’m not very good with what’s hot or not in the land of young children as i do not sit down ad watch their Tv Shows with them, so when i received an email asking us to review a Monster High DVD I thought the boys would love it as I was quite sure that this was one of the shows that they watched on TV, AH! How wrong was I? I mentioned it to Jak and he had no idea what i was going on about, I told him that i thought it was the one with all the monsters and aliens in it lol! OH DEAR! I really must start watching what they are watching because when it arrived and I showed it to the boys, They looked at me with that ‘your kidding us’ look on their faces and said ‘THATS GIRLIES!’ Urrgh! said Joseph. Ok, so i got it wrong but hey a review is a review and Jak said he would watch it and give his honest opinion on it BUT he wasn’t going to try the nail varnish on as that is where he draws the line lol.

We took the DVD away with us on our holiday to the Isle of Wight and as it was pouring down with rain and Halloween (BONUS) i sat them down infront of the television and that is where they stayed glued to it until it finished! When it was over they said “Can we watch it again?” So i do believe that it was a big hit with my boys.

Jak has done a video of his review, i apologise about the focus at some points as i am still getting used to my camera

So to sum up the boys review of the DVD
1. It’s not just for girls!
2. They really enjoyed it!
3. Ace graphics and brilliant storyline
4. Definately recommend it to their friends
And 5. No they will not wear the nail varnish 🙂

Hope you like our review, Thank you for reading and watching. Thank you to Tots100 Film Club for sending us our very first DVD to review


Halloween Crafts with Yellow Moon

The boys had a fearsome spooktacular Halloween with thanks to Yellow Moon for sending them a packet of craft goodies to keep them busy over the half term. I apologise for not getting this post out prior to Halloween unfortunately due to our local Royal Mail delivery i have had a few parcels sitting in their office and they thought maybe it would be best not to let me know about them *tut tut* and as we were away for Halloween it was a bit of a struggle to post it until now. Fear not though as you may have missed out with buying the Halloween crafts but they do have a fabulous selection of christmas crafts in store from christmas tree foam kits to colour-in christmas crackers to personalised christmas baubles. yellow moon have a range of craft ideas to suit everyone young and old.

We was sent a range of different craft sets:

Halloween Glitter Foam Stickers (Pack of 120) £2.99

A4 Orange and Black Card (Pack of 40) £2.99

Luminous Glow in the Dark Paint (per jar) £4.99 Suitable for paper, card and fabric

Halloween Mini Gift Bags (Pack of 8) £2.99

Halloween Scratch Art Hanging Decorations (Pack of 6) £2.99

Halloween Foam Mask Kits (Pack of 4) £3.60

Glow in the Dark Creepy Crawlies (Pack of 40) £2.99

The boys couldn’t wait to get stuck in and start making their Halloween crafts the first thing they did was make some scary Halloween cards using the Black and Orange Card and the glitter foam stickers placing them around to make a scary scene. Then they made a Halloween scary bunting which we hung up over the door frame in the living room. Jak painted the eyes and mouths of the ghosts, pumpkin and spider with the luminous paint. The paint needs to go on quite thick for it to be seen in the dark but believe me, it works! The boys were very impressed it and now Joseph wants to paint everything with it!

The foam stickers were easy to peel the backing off and we found them to be very sticky and strong. I love how glittery they were and the selection was brilliant with the choice of using a ghost house, bats, spiders, stars, moons, pumpkins, cats, ghosts, witches and skeletons.

There was only one place to put the glow in the dark creepy crawlies and that was inside our pumpkin so we could scare everyone that placed their hand into it mwah mwah haha!

Jak had the most fun with the scratch art, he really enjoyed doing this craft, he likes being creative and he got to put his own patterns onto the silhouettes. The pack comes with scratch tools and you scratch away the black coating to reveal the rainbow colours that lie beneath. I must admit that this craft got every single person in the house doing it including daddy (who never wants to get involved) and Oliver who is 15 months old. Once you have scratched out a design you thread the coloured ribbon that comes with it through the hole and it’s ready to hang. In jak’s words ‘This craft is AWESOME!’

The Halloween Gift bags were taken with us on our mini holiday where we was going to celebrate Halloween, Joseph coloured in his bag and took it with him while he knocked on a couple of caravan doors to ‘Scare and Treat’ with. We also took them into the clubhouse with us along with the Masks so we could decorate our table and make it a bit scary. The bags strong and perfect size to actually put some goodies and give them out to trick or treaters. Joseph really liked these and even out his moshi monsters in them so he could carry them about with him.

The last craft kit that we received was the Foam mask Kits, we had a choice of making a cat, witch, frankenstein and a pumpkin. Joseph found this activity lots of fun and made them all, he particular enjoyed doing the Frankenstein as that was his outfit for Halloween night. The instructions were easy to follow and they showed a picture of how the mask should look so as Joseph can not read properly yet he found it fun to do and didn’t have to ask for any help. They are self adhesive so no mess too! Which made them ideal for us to take away with us on our holiday. The masks already come with the elastic attached and as Joseph is quite small for his age, masks don’t normally fit him but these were perfect, they did undo a couple of times due to him running around and scaring all the children with it but i just tied another knot in the elastic and it was fine.


Yellow Moon offer next day delivery and there products are great quality and with a huge variety of crafts you will never be bored on a rainy day. My boys always love the crafts from Yellow Moon and i am never dissatisfied with what we receive, I believe them to be good value for the money.

Please visit www.yellowmoon.org.uk for yourself to see how great they are 🙂

We was sent some crafts to review, the pictures and words are purely my own. We received no money for this post.


Cornflour Slime

The boys have been making slime at home today, experimenting with the touch and playing and having fun!

This is a great activity to do with children of all ages, I doubt that there is any child or adult that will enjoy playing with the slime.

What you will need

Box of cornflour

Water in a jug

Food colouring of your choice
We used green to look like slime

Plastic tray or a plastic tub



Put your cornflour into a tray

Add some food colouring to the water

Gently and slowly add the coloured water to the tray of cornflour an mix with a spoon, add small amounts at a time as you don’t want the mixture to be too watery. Once all combined get your hands in!

Now your ready to play!

Is the mixture a solid or a liquid?
The boys say both.

Roll the cornflour slime into a ball – it becomes a solid mass, once you stop it becomes slime
Try Tapping, punching, rolling it, running your fingers through it and letting your hand sink in it
What happens?

The boys play with this for hours and never seem to bore of it, it can become messy but once it is dry the slime can be easily swept off of the floor and wiped away from sides. It is easy to wash off of your hands and clothes and is non-toxic, so it makes fabulous play for the younger ones. It is non sticky and can be stored away in the tub in the fridge ready to be played with the next day.



Why don’t you try it at home and don’t forget to let me know how you get on !

Thank you for reading 🙂


Witches Broom (bread) Sticks party food

I have been making these chocolate covered breadsticks for a long time for my boys birthday parties and they go down well everytime!

They are quick and easy to make and the children can join in with making them too as we all know wherever they can make a mess they will!
They are ideal for halloween as they look like mini broomsticks.

What you need:

Packet of mini breadsticks

Chocolate, white or milk

Hundreds and thousands or chocolate mini flakes (cake toppings are perfect)

Saucepan of boiling water

Glass bowl



Melt the chocolate in the glass bowl over some boiling water in a pan.

Once melted pour the chocolate over one end of a breadstick

Using a cake topper shaker, cover the chocolate all the way round the breadstick. I do this over a tub so i can catch the toppings as then they can be poured back into the shaker


Once covered place on a plate. When you have done all of your breadsticks place them in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill and set.


All ready to be enjoyed at a party or just for a treat for the children.
This recipe is ideal to do when your children have friends over aswell.

Hope you enjoy, please let’s know if you make them 🙂