OCTOBER HALF TERM: Halloween ideas and classes in Berkshire
Updated: Apr 21
A list of Halloween themed ideas and classes from local run businesses in Berkshire.
In recent months I've been lucky enough to get to know more and more small businesses based in Berkshire. Many of these businesses are parents, like myself, who are trying to juggle work around the children.
I'm always amazed at the dedication and hard work that goes into all of these (often single handily run) companies. Not only are the parents being mummy and daddy by day, but they become entrepreneurs at night (or at the crack of dawn and during nap times). Hats off to you all for doing your thing!
To support local businesses, I've compiled a round up of all the spook-tacular (sorry) activities and classes taking place in October and across half term.
These mummies and daddies are a talented bunch, so please take a look!
P.S. If you're a Berkshire business and would like to be included, email me and I'll add you in!
HALLOWEEN THEMED CLASSES
What: Music with Mummy Pumpkin Party (0 - 3 yrs)
When: Tuesday 29 October, 9.30am, 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm
Where: Methodist Church, Newbury
Ruth runs a wonderful music class in Newbury called Music with Mummy. Ruth's running not one, not two, but five Pumpkin Parties in October half term. Three of the classes are for toddlers (1 - 3 years) and the other two are for babies (0 - 11 months). Ruth says her Pumpkin Parties will be gentle fun and not scary at all. Reassuring when you have littlies. I know my ruggies are not keen on anything too spooky. The price also includes a party bag - what a treat!
Cost: £5 (includes a party bag)
Book: Email Ruth on firstname.lastname@example.org
What: 'Room on the Broom' Spooky Special of storytelling, music & art (18mths-5yrs)
When: Saturday 16 November, 10am
Where: Chievely Village Hall, Newbury
Rebecca launched art class, Squiggle & Dot earlier this year. I can say from experience it's one of the most organised and enjoyable classes I've ever been to (in my five years doing the circuit in Newbury). For Halloween, Squiggle & Dot is teaming up with 'Imagine More with Thembi'. The fantastic combo are running a 'Room on the Broom' Spooky Special that includes 75 minutes of storytelling, music and art! Expect your kiddies to enjoy flying high on custom brooms, explore the cornfield with mark-making, sculpt dragons and make colour potions in a cauldron.
Cost: £15 (£8 for siblings). Suitable for 18 months - 5 years. However, younger or older siblings are welcome to join and will be accommodated for. Refreshments included.
Book: Squiggle & Dot's website
What: 'Halloween Party' run by Baby College (0-5 years)
When: Wednesday 30 October, 10.30am (walkers - 5 yrs), 11.30am (non-walkers)
Where: The Calcot Community Centre, Calcot
Hayley, a mum of two, has worked with children for over 10 years. A trained Nursery Nurse, Hayley was a Nursery Manager before becoming a Family Supporter at her local Family Hub. Using her extensive knowledge, she runs the wonderful Baby College across Reading, Tilehurst and Newbury. Baby College has two Halloween parties in half-term. One for non-walkers, and another for walkers up to 5 years of age. The Halloween parties' promise to be full of games and activities with a spooky twist. Fancy dress is welcome too!
Book: Baby College's website
What: Little Spooky Learners & Room on the Broom Messy Play (5 months - 5 years)
When: Saturday 19 October, 10.30am & Friday 25 October, 11.30am
Where: Maidenhead Community Centre, Maidenhead
Bernice runs the Little Learners classes in Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough alongside being a mummy and a part-time teacher. Wow! For Halloween this year Little Learners has two Halloween special sessions - a Little Spooky Learners class and a Room on the Broom Messy Play. Both classes will bring messy play, mark-making and fine motor activities with a magical twist. There'll be ghosts, spiders, monsters, potions, witches and more!
Book: Little Learners website
What: Messy Monsters Party (5 months - 5 years)
When: Monday 28 October, 10.30am & Thursday 31 October, 10.30am
Where: Caversham Park Village Hall (28th) & YMCA (31st), both in Reading
Jalpa, a mummy of two, runs the Little Learners classes in Reading. I've been to some of Jalpa's classes and they're so much fun. Even my 5 year old enjoyed them! For Halloween there are two Messy Monsters fancy dress parties for children aged 5 months to 5 years. However, if you want to bring an older sibling along you can for half the price. The fancy dress parties' will include messy play, mark-making activities, face painting and an Osbourne Book stall. Sounds very entertaining!
Cost: £7 (older siblings are half price)
8 years +
What: Marvellous Mask - design & make a 3D Mask (8-12 years)
When: Friday 25 & Thursday 31 October, 9am - 12pm
Annelies is a mum of three as well as being an award-winning architect! Annelies founded Dream Make and runs workshops where children use their imagination to create something fantastic - whether that's a mask, house or adventure playground. Dream Make is running various workshops over half term. One is called Marvellous Mask. The session will start with drawing an imaginary character before making a large abstract mask by folding, glueing and taping cardboard. Other workshops in half term include Pop Up Interiors and Future City. It's so nice to see classes like this for older children. I can't wait until mine are old enough to join in!
Cost: £25 (includes snack)
Book: Dream Make website
One for the adults...
What: Make your own Halloween Coffin Treats
When: Sunday 27 October, 12pm - 3pm
Fiona started as a Stampin' Up demonstrator when her youngest child was just 9 month old. She now sells many beautiful stamp sets alongside running craft workshops for adults. Hoorah, us adults get included in something! Fiona's running a relaxed class to guide you through making 12 coffin treat boxes. The cost of £20 includes everything you need to make the coffins. And because Halloween dress-up isn't just for the kids, you're welcome to don a spook-tacular outfit too (not essential).
Finally...a GREAT alternative to all those sweets!
Halloween themed Roly Poly Playdough and Crayons from £3
We don't celebrate Halloween in our house and I get mummy-guilts every year when Jack asks me why he can't go trick or treating. So, when mummy-of-three Jacqueline (founder of Roly Poly Play) told me about her Halloween goodies I knew this would be a great alternative for us to enjoy. Jacqueline sells playdough and crayon sets handmade in the UK. This year Roly Poly Play has Halloween-themed sets including playdoh tubs with ghost and witch cutters, and customised crayons in fun pumpkin and bat shapes. The best thing about Roly Poly Play is every playdoh tub and crayons box can be customised. So, whatever it is you're after, Roly Poly Play can sort it for you. I'll definitely purchase some of these to keep the ruggies entertained over half term! An amazing alternative to all those sweets too.
Cost: Mini playdough tubs £3, playdough tubs with cutters £5, personalised crayons £15