A month to be aware of

#Blogtober17 – Day Four: Date

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October 2017 is a very significant month which has lots of claims to fame.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stoptober and Black History Month, it contains The Big Draw, World Space Week, Wool Week, National Knitting Week, British Egg Week, National Curry Week, Chocolate Week, Baby Loss Awareness Week, International Day of the Girl Child and International Babywearing Week, Apple Day and Halloween, to name but a few.

And not forgetting, most importantly, Daddy and Mummy Malpi’s birthdays and anniversary.

But, notwithstanding the significant number associated with my impending age celebration date, October 2017 is also important to us as it is Down Syndrome Awareness Month in the US.

In the UK Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week is held in March, encompassing the date of the 21st of the 3rd month as people with Down’s Syndrome (or Trisomy 21) have three copies of chromosome 21 but why wouldn’t we want to join in with our international community and dedicate a whole month to raising awareness, to “celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments”?

 

 

Faith may have only been born just under nine months ago but she’s already achieved so much.  She’s been able to breastfeed which we were told was unlikely, she has the most adorable chuckle, she attracts compliments wherever we go and has been signed up by specialist talent agency Zebedee Management, gives great cuddles, blows a fabulous raspberry, has lovely babble-y chats and she’s getting more and more mobile as she’s so determined to start exploring the world just like her big brother and sister.

And she’s certainly won the hearts of mummy, daddy, big brother and big sister.

I don’t want to consider what a world without my Faith would be like and I give thanks that, for the most part, we live in a country where people are kind and think that helping others should be the willing default option.  When you give love you receive it in return and, if our as yet short introduction to the Down’s Syndrome community is representative, there’s a lot of love to go round.

October has always been my favourite month with birthdays, Halloween and an anniversary to celebrate and now it has a special relevance for my miniest mini too.

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Have a howling Halloween!

Spooktacular events for 2017

LukePumpkinI might not be appreciating the start of the autumn season as much as I normally do due to the start of school but it does signify that Halloween is just around the corner and that still remains my favourite time of year.

In 2016 we marked the occasion with a themed family photoshoot with A. Rowan Photography which was great fun but, seeing as she’s taken her talent back to America, we’re going to have to keep an eyeball out for something else to do this year.

WillowWitchFortunately there’s lots to choose from in and around Lincolnshire – you can take a walk around around a pumpkin patch or some haunted city streets or, if your toes tremble too much at the thought, then take the ghost train or bus.  Whatever your deadly destination be sure to dress up to join in the frightening fun!

Some events need advance booking, there are only so many pumpkins in a pumpkin patch and, of course, all live (and undead) events are subject to change so be sure to click on the links to check the details and phone before travelling.  And don’t forget to keep checking back in case we’ve added some more eerie entertainment to the list!

September 30 – October 28:

Halloween Maize Maze, Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham

October 7-31:

Pick up a Pumpkin Festival, Maxeys Farm Shop Pumpkins, Kirklington

October 13:

11am-8pm: Spalding Pumpkin Festival, Spalding Town Centre

October 14:

11.30am-2.30pm: Halloween Preview Event, Pescod Square Shopping Centre, Boston

From October 14 (selected dates):

Bell’s PYO Pumpkin Patch, Benington, Boston

October 20:

4pm-5pm: Tiny Terrors in the Maize Maze, Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham

From October 21:

Halloween Festival, White Post Farm, Farnsfield

October 21-29:

Halloween Half Term, Rand Farm Park, near Market Rasen
Monster Mash-up, National Civil War Centre, Newark

October 21-30:

9am-5pm: Pumpkin Festival, Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall
10am-3pm: Trick or Treat Treasure Trail, RSPB Frampton Marsh
10am-3.30pm: PYO Pumpkins, Doddington Hall

October 21 – November 1:

School Scarecrow Competition, Doddington Hall

October 21 – November 5:

Black Cat Trail, Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Spooky Halloween Terror Trail, Rufford Abbey Country Park

October 22-29:

Halloween Activities, Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare

October 23:

10am-5pm: Halloween Holiday Spooky Animal Encounter, Tattershall Farm Park
10.30am-4pm: Normanby Hall’s Wonderful World of Witchcraft & Wizardry, Normanby Hall

October 23-27:

Spooky Children’s Tours, Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

October 23-28:

11am-4pm: Hallowe’en Half Term, Tattershall Castle

October 23-29:

11am-4pm: Gruesome and Spooky Prison, Lincoln Castle
Halloween, Hall Farm Park, South Kelsey

October 24:

1pm: Spooky Storytime with Rhubarb Theatre, Tattershall Farm Park

October 24-31:

Halloween at Hartsholme, Hartsholme Country Park

October 25:

11.30am: Spooky Storytime with Rhubarb Theatre, Tattershall Farm Park
Noon-4pm: Spooky Critters Crafts, Southwell Workhouse
6.30pm-8.30pm: Halloween Disco, Fun Farm, North Hykeham

October 25-28:

6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm: Doddington Hall ‘o’ Ween, Doddington Hall

October 26:

9.45am-12.30pm: Pumpkin Party Music with Mummy, St Andrew’s Community Centre, Saxilby
10am-11.30am: Pumpkin Carving, Lincoln Arboretum
10am-4pm: Haunted House: A Halloween Spectacular, The Back Garden Drama Company, Waddington Village Hall
1pm and 2.30pm: Halloween Story Walks, Easton Walled Gardens

October 26-28:

10am-3.30pm: Ghost-Hunter Kit Bags, Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln

October 27:

10am-11.30am: Pumpkin Painting Party, hosted by The Creation Station Grantham and South East Lincolnshire, Huntingtower Community Primary Academy
11.30am: Spooky Storytelling with Rhubarb Theatre, Tattershall Farm Park
2pm-4pm: Duckling Halloween Disco, Whisby Natural World Centre
2.30pm: Meet the Ghosts of Wollaton Park, Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
4.30pm-6.30pm: Children’s Halloween Party, Nettleham Library
5pm: CANCELLED, Halloween Hullabaloo and Eerie Explorers, Newark Castle
5pm-7pm: SOLD OUT, Toddler Halloween Party, Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall
5pm-8pm: Creepy Critters, North Lincolnshire Museum, Scunthorpe
6pm-8.30pm: Halloween Roller Disco, Fun Farm, North Hykeham
Museums at Night: Ghosts, The Collection, Lincoln

October 27 and 28:

5pm: Haunted Halloween Spooky Walk, Tattershall Farm Park

October 27, 28 and 31:

6pm and 8pm: Ghost Tours, Tattershall Castle

October 28:

10am-11am: Halloween Spectacular, Splat Messy Play, Saxilby Village Hall
10am-4pm: Shrek’s Haunted Halloween Swamp Grotto, Hildred’s Shopping Centre, Skegness
10am-4pm: Halloween at The Village of the Damned, The Village, Church Farm, Skegness
11am-5pm: Ghostly Hallowe’en Hall, Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens
11.30am: Halloween Family Outdoor Cinema – Hocus Pocus, Rufford Abbey Country Park
noon-4.30pm: Spookymon Go! Boultham Park, Lincoln
2pm-6pm: Halloween Party, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough
2.30pm: The Addams Family (PG), The Venue, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln
3pm: Halloween Party, Hemswell
3.30pm-8pm: Cleethorpes Spooktacular Halloween Fireworks and Fair, Meridian Park Showground, Cleethorpes
4.30pm: Firework Spooktacular, Lincoln Castle
6.30pm: Mayhem Halloween Party, Ignite Elim Church, Moorland Community Centre, Lincoln

October 28-29:

10am-5pm: Halloween Weekend, Hardy’s Animal Farm, Ingoldmells 
5pm: Halloween Ghost Bus Tour of Lincoln

October 29:

10am-4pm: Halloween Pumpkin Carving and Crafts, The Ritz, JD Wetherspoon, Lincoln
11am-3.30pm: Halloween Open Day, Bluebell Wood Farm Shop and Goats, Skelton House Farm, Nettleham
11am-4pm: Hallowe’en Spooktacular, Tattershall Castle
2pm-4.30pm: BFLF Spooky Spectacular with Mark Archer (ALTERN8), The Engine Shed, Lincoln
2pm-5.30pm: Halloween Spooktacular, Wyndham Park, Grantham
2.45pm-5.45pm: Halloween Specials, Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
4pm-6pm: Light Party Jungle, Bardney Village Hall

October 31:

5.30pm: Great Lives Halloween Special with Chris Packham, LPAC, Lincoln
6pm: Halloween at Cogglesford, Cogglesford Watermill, Sleaford
6.30pm, 6.45pm, 7pm and 7.30pm: Lincoln Ghost Walks
Victorian Night of Fear
, Lincoln Castle

November 3:

6pm-8pm: Leo Lion Cubs Club Halloween Party, Leo’s Play Centre, Newark

Have I missed your event?  Email me at hello@theminimalpi.co.uk

 

Family photographer captures our mini monsters perfectly

I can’t be the only family blogger who dreads her kids acting up when being asked to link up with someone.

When Adrian Rowan of A. Rowan Photo contacted The Mini Malpi to suggest a Halloween-themed photo shoot I jumped at the chance.

Based on Luke’s current giggly enthusiasm for all things Halloween and his posing skills developed during Lincoln Fashion Week and well honed in the following months, what could go wrong?!

Having been to see Justin Fletcher Live in the morning probably didn’t help Luke’s over-excitement levels and Willow was also feeling decidedly floppy after all the dancing and car journey and, with one being uncooperative and one being incredibly clingy, I was beginning to wonder if we’d wasted the photographer’s time.

But she quickly proved her skills as a family photographer coercing Luke into playing with her through the use of bubbles and he was soon keen to try out his different costumes and play around for the camera having great fun running around Hartsholme Park and exuberantly kicking through the leaves at the same time.

Willow was feeling the cold (although resolutely refusing to put her coat on) as well as being tired and clingy but in the end it was daddy’s decision not to be left out on the costume front that made Willow eager to join in too.

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I love all the shots she took of both of them but am particularly impressed by the ones she managed to capture of Willow given her mood for most of the session, from the cutest of little smiles to the picture above that makes me wonder what she’s thinking of turning us all into!

If you’d like to capture some memories with your own mini monsters then Adrian is running more Halloween Mini Photo Sessions on Sunday, October 30th, at Hartsholme Park from 10am to 2pm.  Booking is essential.  Click here for further information.

As well as preserving some precious moments you’ll have lots of fun doing it!

It’s Halloween season!

Hauntingly good events for 2016

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Passion2Dance have a whole week of Halloween fun planned!

The Malpi household is a little bit keen on Halloween.

With mummy and daddy’s wedding taking place on October 31st some years back, their zeal for the ghoulish date definitely seems to have been passed on to the next generation if the recent excited giggling in the supermarket’s seasonal aisle followed by the enthusiastic trying on of masks and insistence on trying out the novelty decorations was anything to go by.

Fortunately we’re not the only ones who like dressing up at this time of year and here are just some of the events you and your mini monsters can take part in this year.  Some need advance booking so be sure to click on the links to check the details.

Dates throughout October:

Happy Halloween, Darmons Funhouse, Sleaford

October 22nd, 23rd & 26th to 30th:

noon-4pm: Rats, Bats & Cats Trail, Southwell Workhouse

October 22 to October 30:

Halloween Maize Maze, Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham, Gainsborough
Pumpkin Festival, Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, near Scunthorpe

October 22 to October 31:

10am-3pm: Hallowe’en Half Term, Belton House
10am-3pm: PYO Pumpkins, Doddington Hall
10am-3pm: Schools Scarecrow Competition, Doddington Hall
noon-3pm: Halloween Trail, Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln

Sunday, October 23:

11am: Sunday Storytime – Winnie the Witch, Waterstone’s, High Street, Lincoln

Monday, October 24:

9.45am and 11.15am: Pumpkin Party, Music with Mummy, Washingborough Methodist Church
1pm-2.30pm: Fangtastic! St Giles Children’s Centre, Lincoln

October 24 to October 29:

10am-4pm: Kitchen Garden Spooky Trail, Doddington Hall
11am-4pm: Hallowe’en Half Term, Tattershall Castle

October 24 to October 31:

Half Term Halloween Family Fun: Rand Farm Park, Rand, Market Rasen

Tuesday, October 25:

10am-11am: Play-Doh Spooky Family Fun, The Creation Station, The Venue, Navenby
1pm-2.30pm: Mask Making, Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln

October 25 to October 31:

Halloween Fun Week, Passion2Dance, Farrier Road, Lincoln

Wednesday, October 26:

noon-4pm: Rats, Bats & Cats Craft Day, Southwell Workhouse

October 26 and October 28:

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October 26 to October 29:

5.30pm, 7pm and 8.30pm: Spooky Walks… Doddington Witch Trials, Doddington Hall

Thursday, October 27:

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9.45am and 11.15am: Pumpkin Party, Music with Mummy, St Andrew’s Centre, Saxilby
10am-4.30pm: Haunted House: A Halloween Spectacular, The Back Garden Drama Company, Waddington Village Hall.  Age 4-12.
1pm & 2.30pm: Halloween Story Walk, Easton Walled Gardens, near Grantham
1pm-2.30pm: Pumpkin Carving, Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln
1.30pm-2.30pm: The Gruffalo Halloween Event, Welton Children’s Centre
2pm-3pm: Jack O Lantern Jar Workshop, South Hykeham Village Hall. Age 4+.
3pm-8pm: Halloween Fun, Boston Town Team, Boston Market Place

Friday, October 28:

9.30am-11.30am: Parent & Toddler’s Spooky Fun, St Giles Children’s Centre, Lincoln
10am-noon & 1pm-4pm: Friday Family Fun Club’s Homemade Halloween Make, Gainsborough Old Hall
10.30am-2.30pm: Halloween Colouring Competition, Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln
1pm-2.30pm: Fangtastic! Lincoln North Children’s Centre, Ermine, Lincoln
5.30pm-7.30pm: Halloween Disco, SK8Z, Gainsborough

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Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29:

Halloween at Woodside, Woodside Wildlife Park, Newball, near Langworth, Lincoln
Sincil Street’s Day of the Dead, Cornhill Quarter, Lincoln
Spooky Halloween Weekend
: Tattershall Farm Park

October 28th to October 31st:

Spook-tacular, The Humber Bridge Country Hotel, Barton upon Humber

Saturday, October 29:

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Halloween Party, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough
10am-3pm: Spooky Saturday, The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln
noon-5pm: Spookymon, Boultham Park, Lincoln
5pm-7pm: Halloween Party, Wacky Warehouse, Lincoln
5pm-7pm: Fancy Dress Halloween Party, The Cherry Tree, Cherry Willingham
5pm-9pm: Halloween with Kiddyscastles, Pavilion Bar Saxilby
5.30pm-7.30pm: Halloween Party, Lincoln Dance Company, Branston Village Hall
5.30pm-7.30pm, Halloween Family Party, Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, near Scunthorpe
6.30pm-8pm: Mayhem Halloween Party, Ignite Elim Church, Moorland Community Centre, Lincoln.

Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30:

10am-4pm: Victorian Days of Fear, Lincoln Castle
Halloween Ghost Bus Tour, Lincoln

Sunday, October 30:

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10am: Hotel Transylvania, Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa
10am-2pm: Halloween Photography Mini Sessions, A. Rowan Photo, Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln
10am-4pm: A Spooky, Ghostastic Halloween Craft & Gift Fair, Subeams Fairs and Events, Westgate Academy School, Lincoln
11am: Sunday Storytime – Room on the Broom, Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln
11am-4pm: Halloween at Terrifying Temple Bruer Tower, Temple Bruer, LN5 0DG
11am-4pm: Hallowe’en Spooktacular, Tattershall Castle
2pm-5pm: Children’s Halloween Party, Brant Road Social Club, Lincoln
2pm-6pm: Halloween Family Event, The Little Pottery Studio, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln
4.30pm-6pm: Manor Ghost Tour, Healing Manor, Stallingborough Road, Grimsby

Monday, October 31:

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10am-2pm: Halloween Fun Day, Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln
1.30pm-2.30pm: Halloween Sling Swing, Yarborough Leisure Centre, Lincoln
7.30pm: Barton Ghost Walk, Baysgarth Museum, Barton upon Humber

Have I missed your event?  Email me at hello@theminimalpi.co.uk