Celebrate Halloween at Canalside 2017-10-27T08:36:36+00:00

SCHOOL HALF TERM & HALLOWEEN FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY!

21st to 31st October 2017

History of Halloween

Halloween is thought by scholars to be rooted 2,000 years ago in the ancient pagan festival of Samhain, when the Celts (the ancient inhabitants of Great Britain) celebrated their New Year and the day they believed that the souls of those who had died passed onto another world.

It is also on the eve of the Christian ‘All Hallows Day’ (hence All Hallows’ Eve) and linked to ‘All Souls Day’, which also commemorates the passing of the dead. Though there is no connection between the occasions, it was believed that ghosts, demons and witches roamed the earth on this night, which people would placate with food offerings – the origins of trick or treat!

PYO pumpkins

PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKIN!

“Our PYO Pumpkin Patch is open daily until Halloween, Tuesday 31st October. Don’t leave it too late to pick up a pumpkin to enter into the ‘spirit’ of the occasion!”

(Farmer Chris)

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‘PICK & CARVE’ HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN WORKSHOPS: 24th & 26th OCTOBER

These fun, educational workshops will help children learn about where their food comes from and how they can transform this spectacular fruit into a spooky jack-o-lantern and some tasty treats!

£9 per child (accompanying adult goes free!)

Sorry, workshops now sold out!
halloween kids workshop

BBC Midlands news team visited our workshop on 24th October 2017

GUESS THE WEIGHT OF THE GIANT PUMPKIN!

Can you guess the weight of our GIANT pumpkin? We are holding a free competition for all visitors to Canalside, and the one whose guess is closest to the weight will receive a Halloween Themed Goody Bag from our Farm Shop! The lucky winner will be announced on 1st November. Good luck!

SEASONAL TREATS FOR A LOVELY AUTUMN WALK

Take a lovely Canalside walk and pick up a Halloween themed treat for the journey! You can park on our Farm and pick up a free copy of our walks map in the Farm Shop. Any of our walks can be turned into an autumn treasure hunt for children, on which they can collect leaves, conkers, pine cones or anything that they can put to creative use when they get back home! Walks take 20 minutes to 2 hours, so there is one to suit every family member.

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halloween treats
Children cooking

GET COOKING!

Farm fresh pumpkins and recipe ingredients will be available in our Farm Shop to make and bake these tasty dishes at home!

 GROW YOUR OWN PUMPKIN! 

Farmer Chris’s Tips & Tricks!
pumpkin patch

SEASONAL CAFÉ SPECIALS

Our Café will be serving Halloween specials over this period, including a tasty Pumpkin Spiced Latte! 

Cafe Menus

TRADITIONAL HALLOWEEN GAMES

You won’t be surprised to learn that our favourite games are centred around autumn produce!

 

apple bobblng

Apple-Bobbing

This is a golden oldie! Float a few apples in a bowl of water (it apparently represents the cauldron of rebirth!) and try to catch one using only your teeth – no hands! The first person to catch one or who catches the most wins. Remember to have a towel handy! Tradition also says that if you catch one, peel it in one unbroken strip and throw the strip over your left shoulder, the letter the peel forms is the initial of your future husband or wife!

Pass-the-Pumpkin

This is a twist on pass-the-parcel. Carve out a pumpkin and fill it with fun sized treats or small gifts. Form a circle with your friends and family so that each time the music stops, whoever has the pumpkin takes a goody from inside. This is a fun game to a play around the Halloween dinner table!

Pass-the-Orange

Divide players into teams. Place an orange under the chin of one team member. When you shout “Go!” players must pass the orange from one player to the next using only their chins. If the orange is dropped, the team has to start over. The team who gets the orange to the end of the line first is the winner! A fun variation of this is to increase the size of the fruit or vegetable you pass on each round!

 

CHRISTMAS AT CANALSIDE