Are you looking for some ‘Not-too-scary’ ideas to enjoy with your little ones this Halloween?
As a parent, does the idea of your little ones heading out trick-or-treating just, erm, ‘spook’ you out a bit?
Well, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of fang-tastic fun ideas for under 8s that the whole family can enjoy this October!
1. Spooky Storytelling
Set the scene at home for some spooky storytelling. You could do this activity just as a family or invite a couple of friends around too. Close the curtains and lower the lighting, depending on how comfortable the children are; remember the idea is to make it fun, not frightening. Gather up some snacks and a story book. Take it in turns to read short stories to each other, seeing who can do the spookiest/funniest voice.
Or, make a game of it and create your own stories. One person could come up with a character, then the next person decides where they live, the next person decides where they’re going on an adventure and so on.
2. Beastly Baking
How about making your own sweet treats rather than collecting them from neighbours! There are lots of fang-tastic children’s cookery ideas on the web. Speaking of webs, check out these Spider Biscuits!
This could be an activity for Halloween evening itself or in the lead up to the evening so you have some spooky snacks ready for your trick-or-treaters or simply to enjoy yourselves during story time (see above!)
3. Creepy Crafting
Step 1: Go to Pinterest
Step 2: Search for Halloween Crafts for Kids
Ta Dah! A world of creepy crafting ideas will open up before your very eyes!
Always ensure children get crafty under adult supervision, you do not want the living nightmare of having to scrape glue off the walls and furniture around your house!
We love the following ideas for toddlers (click each one to find out more):
Escape your own fears of having lots of sugar-fuelled wizards, witches and zombies running around your house – and head out to a local event or attraction to burn off that excitable energy.
There are some fang-tastic ‘not-too-scary’ children-themed Halloween events happening in Dorset this half term.
At Farmer Palmer’s, our events are created with you and your little ones in mind, specifically designed for children aged 0-8 years.
Over the past 10 years we have developed age-specific, low-key spooky activities, which run alongside the full timetable of animal demonstrations each day during October Half Term. These activities typically include; facepainting, mini monster hunt, spooktacular tractor-ride (non-spooky alternative rides also run each day) and ‘boo crew boogie!’ Adults and children are both encouraged to visit the farm park in fun (not-too-scary) fancy dress, if they wish. The whole farm park and our team, get a Happy Halloween makeover! Keep an eye out for our ‘Devious Dracula’ (Farmer Palmer) getting into the spirit of things too!
Other Attractions running ‘child-friendly’ Halloween Events (2019) include;
TOP TIPS for Surviving Hallows’eve with Little Ones
1. Talk to your neighbours and agree upon a signal/code to show if you’re happy for trick-or-treaters to call at the house – this could be a pumpkin in the window or on the doorstep. Or simply a polite notice asking not to be disturbed.
2. Illuminate the front of your house well (whether you are taking part or not). It will help to keep the street lighter so those who are taking part are less like to get scared or trip/fall whilst out and about.
3. Keep it light-hearted, explain to young children about costumes and dressing up so they know what to expect. Perhaps make a game of who can make the funniest ghost noises whilst under a sheet? Or even a just a towel to introduce the concept. Parents could dress up in something subtle and silly to show children it’s just a bit of fun. A witch’s hat could be passed around each family member who has to pull a funny face when they wear it! Get creative and have fun together.
We hope you’ve found these not-too-scary ideas and tips useful for your family’s Halloween experience. Got feedback or other ideas to share? Please get in touch via our contact us page.
We live locally to Farmer Palmers and have annual passes for our whole family. We’ve been visiting the farm for 6 years now (so I have lots of good things to say!) My younger daughter age 19 months loves it and so does her 6 year old sister! (My eldest also loved it as a toddler!)
It’s a farm, with all the usual farm animals you’d expect to see and more.
The indoor play area is done very well and my youngest and eldest daughter love it in there, soft play is also great for both ages.
Bouncy castles are kept clean and well maintained (let’s remember there’s a daily influx of small children who’ve spent the day running free range on a FARM so of course it’s got signs of being used!).
My daughters love it here, you have an array of activities to choose from woodland walks, soft play & bouncy castles. Guinea pig holding is a hit (happy well looked after Guinea pigs not cramped up in a pet shop. We were so happy with the standards of care we got our own guinea pigs from here!). Goat and lamb feeding (yes on busy days you don’t get a huge amount of time yet I haven’t heard a grumble from a single child). Not mention water sprinklers, Go carts which are suitable for both adults and small children, lovely picnic area and playground, seasonal pony rides and real milking demonstration (my eldest loves it!). There is decent home cooked food served in the cafe. Also a tractor ride available for a couple of £ you can even feed deer.
We’ve had several birthday parties here (so have my nephews and nieces age up to age 12!) and everyone loves it.
Considering the price of most family days out, I think Farmer Palmers is actually very good value for money, it’s a far cry from a theme park (thank goodness!) and I love spending time with my kids here throughout the year be it rain of shine!
Will be renewing our annual pass for the 3rd year this summer!
Thanks for endless entertainment!
W Beth 2019
Not a theme park a wonderful family farm
"Good place for the family lots to see and do. Clean and staff helpful. Could spend a day there with the kids and have a great time. Would recommend to everyone."
"An absolutely lovely farm, with the most perfect helpful, knowledgeable staff. We had an amazing day."
Allergy Awareness "We come and visit you every week and I was so pleased to see the "no food" notice up in the soft play areas. My son is anaphylaxis to dairy and peanuts. Thank you for raising awareness and helping my son to not be at risk!"
"The imagination and creativity with the play areas is just perfect. Today we fed the lambs and it was such a special moment, I've always wanted to do it and loved it!"
"The passes are fantastic value for money and whenever we come to Farmer Palmer's my children never want to leave. Staff are always very friendly and helpful."
Annual Pass Holder
"Even when it's pouring down, FP is a great place to come. Plenty to do under shelter and who doesn't love to put their wellies on and splash in muddy puddles! And for the mums and dads, the cake is amazing :)"
Sarah says "Food in the restaurant was lovely and the staff were friendly"
"A rare treat, a full day out and change!"
Value for money!
"We keep coming back with our grandchildren"
"We are big fans!! My little boy wakes up most mornings asking if he can go to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!!"
"It was amazing. From organisation to the staff,
who were fantastic, we were very pleased"
Team Farmer Palmer Fan
"Great family day out. Highly recommended!"
Holiday visitor to Dorset
"I can't recommend this wonderful place enough. It's an amazing little piece of paradise in Dorset."
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