Spooktacular Crafts for Halloween with Viking-Direct

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As my boys are growing up it takes a little bit more encouragement for them to get crafty. I really enjoy making things and try my best to encourage the boys to do so too. They have a set of art drawers in their bedroom that is full of arts and crafts, the boys would often rummage through them and create little masterpieces. And when they do get crafty they do produce some lovely art pieces, my youngest has just finished an art project (set by school) to create a Halloween scene in a box – he loved doing it, but just needs that extra little encouragement to do so.

Viking – an online stationary and office supplies company – invited us to take part in a Halloween Craft Campaign, which I thought would be a lovely idea for the boys to get involved in some spooky arts and crafts.

In the box

We were sent a box of goodies to use our imaginations with and creative to produce some spooky crafts and to share with you all what we come up with.

Our kit included:

  • A selection of coloured paper and card
  • A pack of felt tip pens
  • A set of Halloween based stencils
  • A gold and silver metallic craft pen
  • A ball of string
  • Glitter
  • A pumpkin carving kit
  • Elastic string for masks
what's in the viking craft box

What we created

I love getting crafty with the boys, they have great imaginations and i just enjoy spending the time together sitting at the table. It is far better than watching them playing games on their phones or tablets

Frankenstein’s Monster Mask

We cheated paper, card, felts, metallic pens, scissors, glue and the elastic to create a Frankenstein’s Monster mask for my son to wear on Halloween. He really enjoyed this craft and we are pretty smug about how it turned out. We used black card for the base and stuck the green paper on top, my son then went on to add in the details with the felts.

drawing the scar on the mask

Halloween Card

A Westham halloween card
Happy ‘Hammers’ Halloween

As my son plays football and trains once a week at the WestHam Development centre, he really wanted to make a Halloween Card to give to them. He used the coloured paper, the stencil and felts to create a spooky picture. The broom and the sword are creating the famous ‘Hammers’

String cobweb

Next up we made a cobweb using the ball of string and 3 twigs that we had collected from outdoors.

Cobweb made from string and twigs
String cobweb

Here is how we made it:

  • Secure three, same size, twigs together with some of the string in the middle to make a star like shape.
  • With the rest of the string start to wind the string around the twigs, moving from one to another.
  • keep on going around the twigs, wounding the string around and around.
  • We wrapped the string around the twigs once before moving on the next twigs as this helps to secure the string in place.
  • When you get to the end of the twigs, tie a knot in the string.

Pretty cool eh! And very effective when you leave them hanging around the trees in your garden.

We also created a tiny spider from the black card and placed it in the cobweb

String and twigs spiderweb hanging in the tree

Pumpkin sweet treat holder

Halloween isn’t just about dressing up into the scariest outfit you can find but, for children, it is also about knocking on the neighbours doors ‘trick or treating’. These cute little Pumpkin sweet favours are not only sweets but also double up as a little gift that you can give to the children.

Pumpkin favours

You will need some orange tissue paper, string and green paper.

  • Cut out a circle from the tissue paper – big enough to hold some sweets in
  • Place the sweets in the middle and then bring the ends up into the middle
  • Secure the middle with some of the string
  • Place some green paper over string to create a green stem
  • Draw on a scary face or leave plain
  • They are now ready to give out to children as gifts

Pumpkin Carving

The last part of our Hallowe’en crafts was the best bit, the bit where we got messy. Pumpkin carving is always the best part, in my opinion, of celebrating Hallowe’en.

We used the pumpkin carving kit that was provided to us in the box. Once we had decided on what design we was going to put onto our pumpkin we was ready to get going.

First we cut off the top of the pumpkin and then using the scoop we scooped out of the middle of the pumpkin. Once it was empty of all of the flesh and the seeds we drew on our design and then following the lines we cut it out.

Pumpkin carved put as harry potter
Harry Potter Pumpkin

The boys like to do something a little different with their pumpkins and this year they wanted a Harry Potter Pumpkin. What do you think?

We were enjoyed getting crafty with our little box of stationary that Viking gifted to us

Happy Hallowe'en
#spooktacular Hallowe’en

Why not take a look at what Viking-Direct has to offer for your next arts and crafts projects here

We were gifted with some craft items for the purpose of this post

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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.

 

 

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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

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

You will need:

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

First cut away the handle from the top of the bag

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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.

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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

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Have a spooktacular Halloween 🙂

 

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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.

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

Ingredients:

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

Method:

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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