Kealan is 34.5 months and Elyse is 18.5 months.
My blog began with our 2014 Halloween play date so I knew we had to have another one this year. We invited all our friends but a lot were visiting family over the half term break. Wonderfully Arlene, Darragh and aoife, Geraldine, harry and Jamie and Lisa and Oscar were able to come. Poor Tobi wasn’t feeling very well and mum tripped and hurt her ankle the night before so they missed the fun.
I prefer my themed play dates to have a literacy component and it’s also a good excuse to buy toys to go along with our favourite books. I don’t really have spare money for play dates but if we have some things to keep at the end of it then it seems less extravagent. I planned to do Room on the Broom as there are some gorgeous toys to go with it but at £8 for each character and 6 characters to get I really couldn’t warrant it.
(I do still want these though and will maybe start buying them gradually.)
We’re big Winnie the witch fans in our house so that was the next obvious choice. I was super excited to discover what seems to be a reasonably rare Winnie the witch doll on ebay and managed to win it.
Obviously any Winnie book would have worked but Kealan has been very interested in pumpkins. He enjoyed our Halloween day out the previous weekend were we got to pick and carve our pumpkins. So I chose this one:-
In the story Winnie has trouble getting her vegetables home from the market so she casts a spell to help grow some instead. It goes wrong and giant vegetables engulf her house. She hollows out a huge pumpkin and is left with the shell which she transforms in to a helicopter to transport her vegetables instead.
So the props I needed were a broomstick (easy), winnies house (tricky), a helicopter made out of a pumpkin (hmmm).
I was very excited when I realised that the castle was constructed from lots of bits of wood slotted together. So I was able to take it apart and rebuild its inside out which saved me painting it (plus I can turn it back and Kealan has a pretty awesome castle again.)
I set it all up and gathered my guests for the story.
The kids had a chance to plant some seeds in a tray of soil and wave their magic wands and shouted abracadabra to help winnies garden grow.
Of course the mummies all laughed at my insanity but the kids all wanted it and for some strange reason immediately pulled the tomatoes off the house and posted them in the helicopter.
Next we moved on to our craft activity. I bought plain witches hats and some sparkly stickers and behold a simple but very effective task. The little ones needed help peeling the backs off the stickers but Oscar, Darragh and Harry managed wonderfully and put fantastic effort into their creations.
Broken up candysticks – witches teeth
Candy floss – spider webs
Custard dyed grey – blended slugs
Spaghetti dyed green – worms
Gelli play – mashed snakes
Plus lots of bug, bats, rats, and halloween confetti.
And finally my good friends had brought the lunch for everyone.