Poundland Halloween Haul 2017

Poundland have got some spookily awesome Halloween items in at the minute, especially if you are having a Halloween party. Ava is a bit too little still this year to fully grasp Halloween so we won’t be having a party but I still plan to decorate the house and head out on some Halloween adventures near to us. I picked up a few bits so I thought I would do a little Poundland Halloween haul to show you all what I got.

Poundland Halloween Haul 2017

 

Trick or Treat party bags, chocolate lollies and eyeballs, Maoam stripes and Halloween bubbles.

We don’t get many trick or treaters around by us and last year the ones we did get were quite little. This year I’ve decided to fill these little party bags with treats for anyone that comes to the house.

Glitter Halloween Banner, cobwebs and colour changing spider

Poundland Halloween haul

I bought the light up spider to use in some Halloween Sensory play with Ava. I thought the Halloween banner was a really nice touch without being too scary and you can’t have enough fake cobwebs when it comes to decorating for Halloween can you?

Pumpkin tea light holders

I absolutely love these, they look so good and definitely don’t look like they were bought in Poundland!

Peppa Pig sticker pack

I was going to do Ava a little Halloween box with treats in but I think she’s a bit young this year plus I’m a mean mummy and don’t really give her chocolate or sweets yet. She loves stickers and Peppa Pig so I thought this would be the perfect little treat for her, I might even save her one of those chocolate lollies, it is Halloween after all.

I have been watching so many Poundland Halloween Haul vlogs on YouTube, I can’t believe how much amazing stuff Poundland have in store at the minute, it’s definitely worth checking out. All the items I bought were £1.

Amy x

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Halloween Family Days Out In Staffordshire

Looking for fun Halloween family days out this October? I have put together a list of some fab places all taking part in Halloween festivities in and around Staffordshire this year. I love visiting places this time of year as there is usually so much going on. I’ve tried to include a good mix of places that will cater for all ages especially those with younger children. I have a 20 month old and I can’t wait to take her to some of these places this year now she’s able to join in the spooky fun!

Halloween Family Days Out In Staffordshire

 

Alton Towers Scarefest   7th – 8th, 14th – 15th, 20th – 31st October 2017

This is probably one of the most well known Halloween events there is. Scarefest has a good mix of attractions for all ages. For the price however I think Ava might be a little too young to fully appreciate everything going on.

Drayton Manor – More Trick Than Treat   14th – 29th October

If you were looking for a theme park Halloween day out for younger ones, Drayton Manor looks fab!

Wonderland Telford Halloween Extravaganza   21st – 29th October

If I wasn’t 8 months pregnant we would definitely be going to the event aimed at younger children. It’s a fair bit of walking and quite a few hills though so I don’t think I’d make it around! Booking is required for this one.

National Forest Adventure Farm Halloween Spook-tacular   20 – 29th October

We took Ava here last year as its great for little ones plus you get to pick a pumpkin which is included in the price. We are looking forward to visiting again this year.

Twycross Zoo    26th – 31st October

Twycross Zoo have lots of fun things happening over half term and Halloween, all events are included in your zoo admission too.

West Midlands Safari Park   30th September – 29th October

There are so many fun activities happening at West Midlands Safari Park, it looks like a great day out for the whole family.

Trentham Gardens   October Half Term

Trentham Gardens has a variety of family activities happening throughout half term.

Amerton Farm Halloween Spooktacular   23rd – 29th October

Amerton Farm is one of my favourite places to take Ava and since it’s had a big makeover it’s better than ever. We will definitely be visiting this Halloween.

Low Cost Halloween Family Days Out

Days out over half term can end up being expensive but they don’t have to be. Taking packed lunches and booking online will help save money at the more pricier places. There are lots of low-cost Halloween family days out too, here’s some of my favourites that don’t cost the earth.

Pumpkin Picking

Picking your own pumpkins is a great low-cost fun day out, have a search on google for your local ones. We recently visited Essington farm (Nr Wolverhampton) which you can read all about by clicking the above link.

National Trust

Most National trust places will have Halloween activities happening over half term. We became national trust members at the start of the year.

Wildlife Trust

Make sure you check out your local wildlife trust places as most of them will have lots going on over the half term.

 

If there’s anywhere I’ve missed out, feel free to pop it in the comments.

Amy x

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The Autumn Tag 2017

Q and A posts are some of my favourite posts to read, I love finding out a little bit more about the people in my phone. I recently watched the lovely Charlotte from writelikenooneswatching.com do the Autumn tag, you can watch her video here. I love this time of year so I really wanted to join in. I have tagged some of my favourite bloggers at the bottom of this post so be sure to check their blogs out too.

The Autumn Tag

1) What is your favourite Autumnal lip colour?

I don’t wear lipstick all that often but if I’m going out at this time of year I will opt for Mac ‘Captive’, which is a lovely berry colour.

2.) What is your favourite Autumnal nail colour?

I am a big fan of Essie nail polishes, I love Angora cardi, sole mate and merino cool.

3.) Favourite Autumn Starbucks/costa drink?

Erm here’s where I fail at being an Autumn lover. I can’t stand coffee, as much as my heart wants to love a pumpkin spiced latte it ain’t never gonna happen. I stick to a good old hot chocolate until they start bringing out the flavoured Christmas hot chocolates.

4.) Favourite Autumn Candle?

I am absolutely loving Yankee Candle Autumn Glow at the minute, it’s not my usual type of scent I go for but my god it’s amazing. I am also loving Home Bargains ‘Halloween’ candle, it’s an absolute bargain for £2.99

5.) Favourite Autumn Accessory

Fashion accessory – I’m currently loving tan ankle boots for both myself and Ava. Home accessory – Decorative pumpkins! Homesense is my favourite place to go for quirky Autumnal homeward accessories.

6.) Haunted House or Scary Maze?

Nope, neither! I’m the biggest wimp when it comes to things like that, the ones with live actors in are my idea of hell! 

7.) Favourite Halloween Movie?

For nostalgia purposes I would have to say Halloween, it’s the first ‘scary’ movie I remember watching when I was younger. I also absolutely love Nightmare Before Christmas.

8.) Favourite Halloween Sweets?

 I’m not a massive sweet lover if I’m honest and our Halloween sweet selection is nowhere near as good as America’s. I am quite partial to a toffee apple though!

9.) What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

I’m not dressing up but my preggo belly is doing a great pumpkin impression if that counts? Ava dressed up as a little baby witch last year so I want to get her a similar outfit this year to try to recreate some photos. 

10.) What’s your favourite thing about Autumn?

All of it! If I have to pick one thing though it would probably be the cosy nights. I love the colder evenings, snuggled up under a blanket with all the candles lit.

Amy x

 

I tag –

littlesnippets.co.uk

mummyandlissblog.com

2nerdsandababy.com

caitylis.co.uk

geegardner.co.uk

Fromrachaelclaire.com

mumconventional.co.uk

ode2fitness.co.uk

mygirlsandmesite.com

dearmummybear.co.uk

amotherslove.blog

theepilepticblogger.com

Lovemaisie.com

 

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Family Days Out – Pumpkin Picking At Essington Farm

Up until 2 years ago I had never been to a pumpkin patch in my life, I didn’t even know we had any local. After getting insanely jealous of everyone’s pumpkin patch Instagram photos (yes I’m one of them..) I had to find one! There are actually a few local ones including Essington Farm which we have visited previously and plan to again this year. Ava was only 8 months old last year so didn’t really have a clue what was going on, we did get some cute pictures though! Now that Ava is a fully fledged toddler I’ve got lots of autumnal days out planned.

Pumpkin picking at Essington Farm

The first of our pumpkin filled days out was a trip to Essington Farm on Sunday. This was the very first pumpkin patch we went to 2 years ago when I was pregnant with Ava so we were really excited to take her with us this time. This Is a great low-cost day out for kids, they offer free tractor-trailer rides down to one of the pumpkin patches, plus inside a poly tunnel they had mini ride on tractors and a fun Halloween inspired photo booth set up as well as props dotted around, Ava was particularly fascinated with the skeletons.

If you didn’t fancy getting mucky in the fields they do have a good selection of pre picked pumpkins for sale as well as toffee/chocolate apples and drinks available in the poly tunnel.

The farm shop is amazing and stocks a wide range of local produce. There is also restaurant on site which I would suggest booking in advance for as it was fully booked when we went. We picked up some yummy items from the deli instead and had ourselves a little picnic outside.

The pick your own is open on weekends and there is a pumpkin festival taking place on Sunday 22nd October, with face painting, pumpkin carving and a local food fair. The farm shop and restaurant is open daily.

Essington Farm is not far away from The Hollybush garden centre, we always call in there on the way home. They do the best Christmas displays, plus there’s a little aquarium to walk through, which kids will love.

Amy x

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Lush Halloween ’17 Haul Bath Bombs

In case you were worried I had skipped straight to Christmas after yesterdays post, fear not, I have plenty of Halloween posts coming your way. I’m a sucker for a seasonal novelty item and I’m in my element at Halloween, especially when the Lush Halloween range comes out. I picked myself up a few bits from the range, some of which I had tried last year and a couple which I hadn’t, including a new Jelly Bomb.

Lush Halloween ’17 Haul

 

Pumkin Bath Bomb £4.25

Lush Halloween

Nothing screams Halloween quite like this does it! This is a fast fizzing bomb and leaves your bath a bright orange colour, It smells very Halloween like too.

Monsters Ball Bath Bomb £4.50

This was one of my favourites from last year. It smells amazing and I love the colours of this one as it fizzes away.

Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb £3.95

This one really surprised me when I tried it last year. It’s not something I would normally go for but I’m so glad I did, there’s something a bit magical about having popping candy in your bath! And for added  Halloween drama it turns the bath water a deep red.

Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb £4.95

I’m not the biggest fan of the Jelly Bombs if I’m totally honest, I wanted to try this one out however. It has a lovely citrus smell and did leave my skin feeling super soft.

Pink Pumpkin Bubble Bar £4.25

There’s a lot of glitter covering this one but it’s a pink sparkly pumpkin, I couldn’t not buy it! There is a gold version available too if pink aint your thing.

I’ve noticed that the Christmas range is also available now which makes me very happy! Do you have favourite seasonal Lush product? Mine is without a doubt Snow Fairy.

Amy x

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