September has arrived, the children are back at school and the Christmas planning has begun. Before Christmas however, we have Halloween to prepare for.
During October Half Term our woodland elves arrive and start to create the magic.
The woodland elves are much more low key than the Christmas elves, thankfully. They mainly help with decorating little by little, bring Halloween themed treats, set up a themed craft activity or set up ready for the children to carve their pumpkins. If we are lucky, they will put on a spooky breakfast or a spooky tea for us.
I try and make sure a few antics focus more on the Autumn/woodland theme rather than just Halloween. One of my favourite decorations is a set of fabric autumn leaves we have scattered around the fireplace and around our Halloween tree.
We try and visit a few Halloween themed events during half term, previously we have visited Godstone Farm who have a lot going on for Halloween, visited the spooky Zoo and circus at Chessington Garden centre and taken part in craft sessions at the local library.
Once the shops start stocking their Halloween goodies, I will start buying little bits and pieces and keep a list of what they will be used for so I have enough to cover each day of half term. One of the first things I will be looking for this year are Asda’s Halloween themed crumpets; these are a great item to make a fun breakfast or tea party. I buy them as soon as I see them as they can be difficult to find in stock nearer the time, I then stash them in the freezer until they are needed. Next, I look for other spooky themed foods for our breakfast or tea. Last year we bought ghost pizzas with black BBQ sauce from Asda which were a stunning centre piece.
We can usually find some nice cupcakes, themed yogurts and cheeses and Halloween sweets to make up a nice spread. Add some themed tableware and it is good to go. The kids absolutely love elf breakfasts, they have become a firm favourite for Christmas, Easter and now Halloween and really adds to the magic the elves bring.
I’m always on the hunt for new books or child appropriate DVDs the elves can bring to avoid every antic revolving around food.
Follow us on social media as I will be posting everything I buy as I go along and share the plans I make. I will upload photographs each night when the elves begin their antics so you can see how it all works together.
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