Getting into the Halloween spirit with Pumpkin Carving at Lewisham Shopping Centre

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This October half term has been a lot of fun for the kids this year. Normally I am not involved with Halloween activities as I’m not a big fan of the day (Vietnamese superstitions and all) but this year I wanted to put myself aside and let the kids have their fun.

Pumpkin Carving in Lewisham

Little Man had a lot of fun carving and decorating his pumpkin at the Lewisham Shopping Centre‘s Pumpkin Party. It was a free event and lots of people came by the stand to have a go at carving. Little Man and I had a team effort – we traced the stencil together then took turns to carve sections of the pumpkin. When it came to scooping out the fleshy bits (which he called “scooping the guts out”) he left that to me.

When it came to decorating it with glitter he was great at doing it himself. Of course, I had to join it – who can resist a bit of glitter fun?

The Greenwich Mummy Blog - Family Things to Do this Halloween Half Term

The Greenwich Mummy Blog - Family Things to Do this Halloween Half Term

The Greenwich Mummy Blog - Family Things to Do this Halloween Half Term

Halloween shopping at Lewisham Centre

We also did a little bit of shopping after our pumpkin carving. We headed to H&M and I bought for Little Man the coolest reversible sequin ghost jumper which he has loads of fun flipping around. For Little Miss, I got her a glittery black tulle dress and alice cat veil as she wanted to be a cat for Halloween. We also went to M&S and picked up loads of treats including chocolates, jelly sweets and lots of Halloween snacks for a mini party at home. *update* the stores now have their Christmas range in stock. H&M also have a lovely collection of Frozen apparel, also in time for the movie launch.

H&M reversible sequin jumper, £9.99
H&M tulle dress, £9.99 / alice band with veil, £2.99
Spookalicious treats at M&S Lewisham

Our last little shop was to Smiggle for some stationary fun. We had a good look around the little shop. At the moment, they’ve just launched a new range of Frozen stationary – in time for the Frozen 2 movie. The backpacks look amazing and kids can choose from the sparkly gold Anna accessories or the shimmery icy blue Elsa accessories. My preference would be the Anna collection as it’s such a beautiful gold colour but I know Little Miss would prefer the Elsa collection. We also picked up a handy all-in-one Smiggle dinosaur pencil case for Little Man. It’s got a section for pens and pencils, a special compartment for the eraser and the sharpener and even comes with a mini calculator. Perfect for secondary school kids but just as cool for primary school kids IMO. Also, Smiggle Lewisham currently has a 25% off everything promo in store (excludes Frozen 2 and Star Wars collections) so make sure you pop into your local store and check out the goods.

Frozen 2 stationary now available in store at Smiggle Lewisham
Smiggle pencil case, £13.50

Lewisham Shopping Centre opening times

The centre is open 7 days a week. Times of the stores may vary during seasonal periods ie. Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday (Late night shopping – yay!)
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Check out their page for Christmas opening hours: https://lewishamshopping.co.uk/your-visit/opening-hours


More pumpkin fun…

On Wednesday we headed out to Stanhill Farm to pick some pumpkins. It was a first experience for all of us so it was really nice to be able to share that with each other.

It took us two buses to make the journey however as the buses take a longer route, it also took us around 1.5hrs when by car it would’ve been a decent 25-30mins journey. On our way back, we took an uber ride home as we had heavy pumpkins and I wasn’t ready for any restless tantrums on the buses for another 1.5 hours.

The pumpkin patch at Stanhill Farm is a good size with lots of pumpkins to choose from. There was even a little area where the farmers had put a load of pumpkins together so you can take some lovely photos if you wanted to. Only Little Man was cooperating with me for the photos but I did get some really nice shots of them around the patch. 🙂

I made a little video of our outing too. You can watch it here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hVb3GeecdhI


NB. We were kindly gifted shopping vouchers in exchange for our pumpkin carving experience review. All words, content and unbiased opinion are my own.

Fun things to do with the family this Halloween & October half-term

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Wow! October half-term is already here!

I really can’t believe how quickly time flies. It’s also been a little while since I last posted on here and it’s simply because it’s been really busy at home. I currently have two part-time jobs which is making everything a little hard to juggle at home. It’s been so long since I last cooked a decent meal (the kids aren’t complaining – they are loving the amount of chicken nuggets and chips they can consume weekly.)

So between the two jobs, looking after the kids, lesson planning for kids yoga and self-studying yin yoga and keeping up with my own practice, I’ve found time to sit on the computer and type up this post. Simply because there’s SO many great things to do this October half-term and leading up to Halloween I wanted to share my favourite event with you guys. We will be attending most of these events – you can find a more comprehensive list on things to do on Time Out and Babes About Town so be sure to check them out too. I love reading the posts on Babes About Town because it’s very family-orientated.

So without further ado, here’s my list of fun things to do with the family this Halloween & half-term break:

paintbox

Painting on a Pumpkin workshop

Where: V&A Childhood Museum
Dates: Monday 21 – Friday 25 October

Times: 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)
Price: £7 per child
Use an unusual canvas to paint on… a pumpkin! Inspired by the Big Draw Festival’s theme, “Drawn to Life”, create a painting on a pumpkin with help from artist, Amy Brown to take home. Suitable for children aged 4+

For more details or to book visit their Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/painting-on-a-pumpkin-workshop-tickets-73580883403

Here’s a few photos of our pumpkin paintings from when we attended the event:

 


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Paint your own Halloween Pottery workshop

Where: ARTFIX Cafe, Shewsbury House
Date: Tuesday 22 October
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Price: £12.50
Come along for some half term fun!! There will be a choice of Halloween themed pottery pieces including pumpkins, monsters, or I can help turn your handprints on a plate into Dracula, a Witch, a Spider, the list is endless.

The workshop costs £12.50 and will include one pottery piece each, all paints etc and Daniella on hand for help. Booking is essential by email or DM. A £5 deposit will be requested.

To book or for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/artfix-cafe-at-shrewsbury-house/halloween-pottery-painting-at-artfix-cafe-shrewsbury-house/523826351720522/


pumpkin-patch

Pick Your Own Pumpkin on a pumpkin patch

Where: Stanhill Farm, Dartford
Dates: Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 October

Times: See website for more details
Price: free entry, for the maize maze it’s £6 per person (free for under 4s)
Forget BYOB, it’s all about PYOP (pick your own pumpkin!) Grab a wheelbarrow and head down to the patch where you will find a huge array of pumpkins in various different sizes. It is also a great chance for a photo opportunity, surrounded by a sea of autumnal, orange colour! There are two maize mazes – the main one which takes around 1.5hrs to complete or a mini-maze that takes around 20-30mins to complete.

For more details: https://www.stanhillfarm.co.uk/pumpkin-patch

Here are a few photos of our day out to the pumpkin patch:


Where: Foxes Farm – Basildon or Colchester
Dates: Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 October

Times: 10am til 5pm
Price: free entry, optional £3pp for entry to the corn maze
Head down to one of the two pumpkin patches owned by Foxes Farm – you can choose from Basildon or Colchester. Both patches have an 8-acre corn maze and loads of pumpkins to choose from. No need to book either, you simply just turn up! They accept both cash and card but do check their website for farm closures due to the weather. Be aware, they do not allow dogs onto their farms.

For more details visit: https://www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk/pumpkin-patch/


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Enjoy a frightfully fun Halloween Party

Where: The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula
Date: Thursday 24 October
Time: 12-4pm
Price: SOLD OUT – unfortunately this event has now sold out!

Come dressed in your Halloween best for witchy crafts and ghoulish games on Greenwich Peninsula. Get involved in some autumnal arts and crafts then head along The Tide in search of tricks or treats. Head back to the Jetty and spend the afternoon listening to a spooky story with a warm drink and snack from Hej – The Jetty’s resident café. All are welcome, but parents must accompany their children for the afternoon of fun.

http://jetty.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk/whats-on/halloween-at-the-jetty/


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Try your hand at Pumpkin Carving

Where: Lewisham Shopping Centre
Dates: Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 October
Times: 10.30am til 4pm
Price: Free
This Half Term, head to Central Square at Lewisham Shopping Centre for some FREE spooky fun. From 24th to 26th October, we’re holding a Pumpkin Party in the centre. You’ll be able to carve pumpkins to take home, and don’t forget to have your picture taken in the stocks too.

Get your picture taken in the stocks and post it to @lewishamcentre on Twitter & @lewisham_shopping_centre on Instagram using the hashtag #snappedinthestocks to be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of spooky gifts from selected retailers – woop woop!

Find more info here: https://lewishamshopping.co.uk/terms/whats-categories/events

Here are some photos of our day out to the pumpkin carving at Lewisham Shopping Centre:


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Go on a Witch Hunt at Cutty Sark Gardens

Where: Cutty Sark Gardens
Date: Friday 25 October
Time: 1-4pm
Price: Free
Its a hunt for witches around Cutty Sark Gardens! With a clues sheet and small prize for each successful participant, enjoy this fun activity with the whole family. Suitable for children aged 7+

For more info or to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witch-hunt-at-cutty-sark-gardens-as-part-of-the-halloween-market-tickets-76436608955


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Watch a spooktacular movie: The Addams Family

Where: cinemas nationwide
Date: Friday 25 October
Time: various

We are soooo looking forward to this movie release! We’re keeping an eye out on all cinema websites but it seems as though tickets are yet to be on sale so that means no pre-order which is a shame. We will most likely be watching at our local ODEON Greenwich cinema or at our favourite VUE Eltham cinema. It’s definitely going to be a big hit for all families looking for a spooky fun film to watch next week and running up to Halloween.


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Go on a Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt

Where: Selfridges, Oxford Street
Date: Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 October
Time: 11am – 4pm
Price: Free

Enjoy a spooktacular trip to our brand-new confectionary space on LG at Selfridges Oxford Street, London on either the 29, 30 or 31 October. Our ghoulish treats – including squishy body-parts sweeties and crunch skeleton biscuits (thanks Biscuiteers) – are sure to delight. Simply drop in and collect a map from our WOW Kiosk and you’re good to go.

Event is free but booking is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrifying-pumpkin-hunt-oxford-street-london-tickets-76215997099


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Enjoy an arty crafty Halloween party in Greenwich

Where: The Forum at Christ Church, East Greenwich
Date: Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 October
Time: 10am to 12pm / 2pm to 4 pm
Price: Free for under 6 months, £7.50 for 6-12 months, £15 for 1-5yrs

Toddlers and young children will have a fang-tastic time at this soft play party session. Complete with soft play, arts and crafts hosted by The Artful Toddler and refreshments. Parents/Carers go free which is an added bonus! Come in fancy dress or not, your choice. Book your tickets at The Forum’s reception.

https://www.forumatgreenwich.org/


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Eat, drink and be scary at a fancy dress party!

Where: John Lewis Roof Garden, Oxford Street
Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 10.30am – 12 noon
Price: SOLD OUT – unfortunately this event has now sold out
Families and friends are invited to attend the annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party held on The John Lewis Oxford Street Roof garden. Children are encouraged to come along in fancy dress, don’t worry if you forget we will have a dress up area on hand to keep your little ones in character. There will be cookie decorating, face painting and much more.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-fancy-dress-party-tickets-74303290141


What’s On at the weekend:

Saturday 26

Halloween films for kids and families, Southwark: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-films-for-kids-and-families-tickets-75820508181

Pumpking carving and costume competition at Mudchute Farm: https://www.mudchute.org/news/spooky-fun-saturday-october-26th-2019

Sunday 27

Pumpkin carving at the Halloween Market, Cutty Sark: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pumpkin-carving-at-the-halloween-market-at-cuttty-sark-gardens-greenwich-tickets-76459752177

Need some inspo on how to decorate your pumpkin? Take a look at this article from Good Housekeeping blog – it’s got some amazing ideas which you can easily replicate. We tried the balloon one, the ghost sweetie one and the nail varnish dripping.

Happy Haunting!

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