Lots of trails are the trick to keeping your Halloween a treat this year

Halloween events 2020

Many of us may think that 2020 has been scary enough as it is but in a year when a lot of celebrations have been cancelled it’s good to highlight the events that are still managing to go ahead offering to put a bit of fun back into our mini ones’ calendars.

pumpkinaFamilies are being urged to help transform Trick or Treating into a Pumpkin Trail by putting one – real, decorative or crafted – in their window so children can dress up and walk around their neighbourhoods seeing how many different pumpkins they can find (just like the rainbow spotting during lockdown) and parents can always bring their own sweets or treats to hand out along the way. 

If you’re going to head to one of the events below as well then obviously it’s even more important than ever to check the details and/or to book your fiendish family’s tickets in advance before leaving your own haunted house for your disastrous destinations… 

Art and Craft
Day of the Dead Decorations
October 24th to 31st – 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, DN15 6TB.
Kids Halloween Pottery Painting Session – 
October 31st – The Little Pottery Studio, St Marks Shopping Centre, Lincoln.

Cupcake Decorating – October 29th and October 30th – Hosted by The Back Garden Bakery at Waddington Village Hall

Fear Island at Fantasy Island
selected dates between October 10th and November 1st – Ingoldmells, Skegness, PE25 1RH.
Halloween at Active Arena – October 31st – Active Arena, Lincoln, LN6 7JW.
Halloween at WoodcocksOctober 31st – Woodcocks, Burton Waters, Lincoln, LN1 2BE.
Halloween WeekendOctober 31st and November 1st – Heckington Windmill, NG34 9JW. 
Witchy SpooktacularOctober 30th and 31st – Wolds Wildlife, Horncastle, LN9 5LJ.

Hocus Pocus (PG)
October 27th and October 29th to November 1st – Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6QD.

Pumpkin Festivals
Pink Pig Farm – October 24th to November 1st – Scunthorpe, DN16 3RE
Rand Farm Park
October 23rd to November 1st – Rand, near Market Rasen, LN8 5NJ

PPatch2Pumpkin Patches
Coleby Lodge Farm
– Coleby, near Lincoln, LN5 0AR
Doddington Hall
– Doddington, near Lincoln, LN6 4RU
Maxey’s Farm Shop – Kirklington, near Newark, NG22 8PB
Red House Farm – SOLD OUT.  Maize Maze still open.  Waddingworth, near Woodhall Spa, LN10 5EE
Tattershall Farm Park – Tattershall, LN4 4JR
Uncle Henry’s – Grayingham, near Gainsborough, DN21 4JD

Fairy and Dragon Trailvarious dates from September 1st to NOW FINISHING NOVEMBER 4th –  Bransby Horses (LN1 2PH).  Adventure around the Visitor Centre yard on this magical fairy and dragon trail and meet some of our equine residents along the way!
Halloween Family Potion TrailOctober 30th – Sherwood Forest.
Halloween Hunt: Find the Hidden Pumpkinsfrom Monday, October 26th – Hanworth Country Park, LN4 2DX.
Halloween Monster Hunt
October 17th to NOW FINISHING NOVEMBER 4th – Rufford Abbey Country Park (NG22 9DF).  Help hunt down the creatures, ghouls and ghosts as you follow the map into haunted hideaways and creepy woods.
Halloween TrailOctober 17th to November 1st – Burghley House, Stamford, PE9 3JY.
Nocton Pumpkin Trail – October 31st – Nocton.
Outdoor Halloween Trail – November 1st – Wyndham Park, Grantham.
Pumpkin Hunt October 17th to November 1st – For under 5s. Thoresby Park (NG22 9EP). 
Pumpkin Trail – Otcober 31st and November 1st – Bassingham and and Carlton Le Moorland.  Hosted by Friends of Bassingham School.
Scarecrow or Autumn scene Trail October 25th to October 31st – Skellingthorpe, organised by St Lawrence School PTA.
Spooky TrailOctober 31st and November 1st – Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Friskney, PE22 8PP.
Uphill Lincoln Pumpkin Trail October 17th to November 1st – Follow a trail of hidden ceramic pumpkins through Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter and answer the clues to win prizes for all the family. 
Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search!October 24th to November 1st – Lincoln Castle and The Collection Museum in Lincoln. 
Who Dunnit TrailOctober 26th to November 1st – Age 4+. Thoresby Park (NG22 9EP).

Plump, orange and spooky – the ceramic pumpkin search returns!

Lincoln’s uphill Pumpkin Trail challenge is back for its second year this autumn.

The free half-term activity challenges families to track down quirky ceramic pumpkins hidden the windows of the city’s uphill shops and other businesses and has once again been devised by a partnership of the Bailgate Guild, Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln, tapping into the artistic talents of staff at The Little Pottery Studio.

There’s plenty to play for too, because your family could win anything from gift vouchers to an afternoon tea or coffee experience, cuddly toys or a book voucher.

The Pumpkin Trail leaflet includes 29 pottery pumpkins to find as well as some fiendish clues to solve.  The pumpkins will be in the windows of shops and other businesses in the area which stretches from The Strait to Newport Arch.

Many ceramic pumpkins have been individually painted, including those which have been decorated by Lincoln Minster School pupils and the trail area will be easy to spot with the hanging of black and orange bunting on the streets.

Running from Saturday, October 19th, to Sunday, November 3rd, families can pick-up a trail leaflet from the city’s Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill or participating shops and businesses or download it from www.visitlincoln.com/pumpkintrail.

Completed leaflets can be left with one of the shops taking part in the trail or posted to the Visitor Information Centre, 9 Castle Hill, Lincoln, LN1 3AA. They must arrive before midnight on Monday, November 11th, 2019.

Visit Lincoln’s Chief Executive Mike Timson said: “As a Partnership organisation it’s great to work with 29 businesses and Lincoln BIG to provide another reason to come into Lincoln over half term and in the lead up to Halloween.  The trail will help visitors find shops, pubs, and tea rooms they might not have visited before and will be a fun and active family activity to enjoy in the city.”

Bailgate Guild Chair Nicola Lockwood said:  “We are thrilled to be supporting this year’s Pumpkin Trail.  All the businesses involved are pleased to sponsor this event and they have donated a spectacular range of prizes for the winners.  We’re sure it is going to prove to be more popular than ever.”

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Sarah Loftus said: “We are very pleased to be a partner in this event.  We know that everyone really enjoyed the Pumpkin Trail last year and we think this attraction will bring many more people to the uphill area this time around.”

Find out more at www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/uphill-lincoln-pumpkin-trail-2019

Pumpkin picking, terrifying trails and a petrifying prison…

Halloween events 2019

Halloween2018With mini number two following her brother through the school doors for the first time and mini number three starting a couple of sessions at nursery a week, I’m finding the start of the new academic year even more difficult this year – so I’m fast forwarding in my mind to half term and Halloween fun.

If you’re looking for some fearful family fun take a look at the list below and see if anything might appeal to your mini monsters.

As always – 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/book before travelling.

Do you know of an event we’ve missed?  Tell us about it in the comments or email us at hello@theminimalpi.co.uk and don’t forget to keep checking back in case we’ve found more.

PYO Pumpkins/Pumpkin Patches
Bell’s Gardening Outlet, near Boston
Doddington Hall, near Lincoln
Maxeys Farm Shop, Kirklington
Waddingworth PYO Pumpkins, Woodhall Spa

October 11:
Spalding Pumpkin Festival
Spalding town centre

October 13:
Monster Stories
Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln

October 19-27:
Spooky Prison
Lincoln Castle

October 19-27:
Halloween Spooktacular
Rand Farm

October 19-31:
Scarecrow Competition Display
Gatehouse Lawn, Doddington Hall, near Lincoln

October 19 – November 3:
Thoresby trail of wizardry, witchcraft, sorcery and spells
Thoresby Hall, near Ollerton

October 19 – November 3:
Uphill Lincoln Pumpkin Trail

October 20:
Pumpkin Sunday Funday
Stourton Estates, Baumber, Horncastle

October 20:
Winnie the Witch Storytime
Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln

October 21:
Halloween Pottery Painting Workshop
Halloween Pottery Pumpkin Lantern Workshop
Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre

October 21:
Mystery Magic Workshop
Age 4-12
Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

October 21-27:
Halloween Half Term
Tattershall Castle

October 21-31:
Halloween at the Den
William’s Den, near Hull

October 16-27 (on their usual open days):
Pumpkin Rolling
Easton Walled Gardens, near Grantham

October 19-27:
Halloween Maize Maze & Pumpkin Picking
Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop, Grayingham, near Gainsborough

October 22:
Pumpkin Carving
Hartsholme Park, near Lincoln

October 22:
Room on the Broom Storytelling
Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

October 22:
Potion and Slime Making
Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare

October 23:
Haunted Halloween Drama Day
Age 5-11.  The Back Garden Drama Company
Waddington Village Hall

October 23:
Lion Learners at Halloween
Halloween themed animal handling activities
Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

October 23:
Trick or Treat Craft Workshop
Pescod Square Shopping Centre, Boston

October 24:
Halloween Disco
Fun Farm, North Hykeham

October 24:
Spell book and wand workshop
Hosted by ARTventurers at Lincoln Toy Library

October 24:
Music with Mummy Pumpkin Party
Skellingthorpe Community Centre

October 24-28:
Halloween Trail
Hartsholme Park, near Lincoln

October 25:
Halloween Face Painting
Waterside Shopping Centre, Lincoln

October 25:
Halloween Pottery Party
Upsy-Daisycle, Welton

October 25:
Family Halloween Party
Great Gonerby Social Club, Grantham

October 25:
Halloween Roller Disco
Fun Farm, North Hykeham

October 25:
Kids Halloween Disco
Brant Road Social Club, Lincoln

October 25 and November 1:
Spectacular Spellbooks
Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

October 26:
Ghostly Halloween Hall
Gunby Hall

October 26:
Halloween Party
Hosted by Diddy Signers and Sensory Sensations
Grantham Museum

October 26:
The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Grotto
Hildred’s Shopping Centre, Skegness

October 26:
Pumpkin Festival
Bluebell Wood Goats and Farm Shop, Nettleham

October 26:
Room on the Broom Storytelling Session
Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare

October 26-27:
Halloween Weekend
Bowthorpe Park Farm, near Bourne

October 26-27:
Spooky Treat Trail 
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Friskney

October 27:
Normanby Hall-oween Spooktacular
Annual pass holder only event
Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

October 27:
Room on the Broom
Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln

October 27:
Halloween Special
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Ludborough

October 27:
Halloween Spooktacular 2019
Wyndham Park, Grantham

October 31:
Halloween Trail
Arboretum, Lincoln

October 31:
Kids Halloween Party
Princess Royal Sports Arena, Boston

October 31:
Nocton Pumpkin Trail 2019

October 31:
Barton Ghost Walk
Start Baysgarth House Museum, Barton

November 1:
Family Halloween Disco Party
Swineshead Village Hall

November 1:
Halloween Party
Leo’s Play Centre, Newark

November 1:
Kids Halloween Party
Windmill Farm, Whisby Road, Lincoln

Monstrously good reasons to indulge

#Blogtober18: Quick hide the wrapper #chocolateweek

Today’s #Blogtober18 prompt is in honour of Chocolate Week (October 15th-21st).  Chocolate is definitely one of my favourite things in life and, as “the UK’s biggest chocolate celebration” is held in October, it seems perfect to pair it with another of my favourite things – Halloween.

And I’m not the only one who thinks that they go well together as several of my fellow bloggers have already posted helpful recipes with seasonally sweet suggestions.

Who doesn’t enjoy making food look like other things?  As a vegetarian I’m not usually a fan of eating things with eyes but Eva of Captain Bobcat’s Pumpkin and Choc Chip Cookie Monsters for Halloween, Becky of Baby Budgeting’s Spider CupCakes and Dannica of The Inspiration Edit’s Frankenstein Monster Halloween Cupcakes all look very delicious.

I have to admit that I didn’t know that Halloween bark was a thing but seeing as both Sophie of Soph-obsessed (Super Easy Loaded Halloween Bark Recipe) and Jenny of The Gingerbread House (Easy Halloween Bark Recipe) immediately suggested their bark recipes it obviously is.  My emerging culinary skills very much liked that the word “easy” is included in both their titles, my sprinkle-obsessed three year old would have great enthusiasm for the decoration involved and it would be lovely to bag pieces up as something a little bit different to shop bought sweets for trick or treaters.


Not fully satisfied the urge to sprinkle or eat eyes yet?  Then The Gingerbread House’s Jenny has also included instructions to make these Halloween Monster Bagels on her website.

HalloweenCocktailsAll good things come in threes though don’t they?  We have chocolate and Halloween, why not throw some wine in the mix too?  Amanda of The Ana Mum Diary designed these Easy But Very Spooky Halloween Drinks one of which is alcoholic and one which uses a sparkling pear drink to ensure mini monsters have something to wash the chocolate down with too.



After the carving…

#Blogtober18: Perfect Recipes For You #nationalbakingweek

I got just a little excited at my first visit to a pumpkin patch last year (and the kids enjoyed it a lot too) and, even if supermarket bought, carving pumpkins has long been part of our Halloween celebrations.

Sadly though, we have often contributed to the annual more than 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin flesh waste so this year I’ve turned to my fellow bloggers for inspiration to make sure we don’t even lose one gram this time.

PumpkinSoupPumpkin soup is my first recourse to dealing with the flesh of the orange fruit and invites special memories of our wedding reception where it was served as the starter – if we eat it this year at least I won’t have the worry of not spilling it all over a white dress.  Deborah’s recipe over on her blog Country Heart and Home is not only titled “quick & easy” but also suggests “a glass of wine to wash it all down” so I’m sure I’d welcome this for a warming dinner – Quick & Easy Pumpkin Soup!  Kerry at Blissful Domestication adds a bit of heat to the mix for her Spicy Pumpkin Soup and also explains how to save the seeds in order to create your own pumpkin patch ready for next year’s harvest.

pumpkinstew.jpgSarah at Kippers and Curtains details a Pumpkin Pasty Recipe which is perfect for incorporating left overs in and Laura at Mind, Madness, Miles and Mum Me Time, now she has “two smallies in tow”, creates Pumpkin and Potato Curry and Sweet and Savoury Pumpkin Seeds as part of her “fabulous festive food”.

A Pumpkin Stew with Chickpeas and Moroccan Spices cooked up by Corina can be found on Searching for Spice and, “full of flavour and warmly spiced”, it’s a “great vegetarian one-pot meal that freezes well and is easy to prepare”.

And, before adding sugar to your scales, why not try Wendy’s Pumpkin Pasta as she describes on Daisies & Pie.

PumpkinPieJust the words pumpkin pie are so evocative of all things Fall (American autumn) to me so I’m sure the taste would be positively transportative.  Country Heart and Home’s Deborah has a recipe and step by step for Pumpkin Pie on her blog and anything that says “Serve with clotted cream, ice cream, whipped or pouring cream” gets my vote.  Jane from Hodge Podge Days tried out a “really simple” Honey Spiced Pumpkin Pie and if you need a gluten free recipe then check out Jules’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe on her blog Pondering Parenthood.

PumpkinCakeWhilst Hodge Podge Days’s Jane’s boys loved her pumpkin pie, Jane herself thought her Halloween Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Frosting was “delicious”.  Using “the flesh, the firm pale bit, not the slimy gloopy bit”, the amount of cake batter created made not only “one decent sized cake” but also “12 yummy cupcakes”.

PumpkinMuffinsThe words “surprisingly easy to make” reeled me into taking further notice of Emma’s Savvy Savings’s Bake Pumpkin Spice Muffins post that describes trying out Aldi’s recipe along with her daughter as a great opportunity to introduce new vegetables such as pumpkin and squash to children.

PumpkinCookiesThat’s pie, cake and muffins covered but if it’s brownies or cookies you’d like to whip up then take a look at Claire’s suggestions on She Eats and Corina from Searching for Spice adds a spooky twist to her autumnal offering by including chocolate spiders on her Spiced Pumpkin Cookies for Halloween.

And if you’re looking for other sweet bites to share with any trick or treating visitors then try making a batch of Eva’s Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookie Bats for Halloween Recipe posted on Captain Bobcat or her Homemade Pumpkin Granola Bar Mummies for Halloween.

Click here to find out more about National Baking Week (October 15-21).



New pumpkin trail brings half term fun to uphill Lincoln


Have you been keeping an eye on all the additions to my Haunted halls, pumpkin patches and terrifying trains family-friendly Lincolnshire Halloween event list?  If so, then you’ll have seen that I can now add horrifying hill to that headline as Visit Lincoln explains…

It’s not a trick, it’s a real family treat – so make sure you take part in Lincoln’s newest trail and track down some fantastic Autumn prizes!

We want everyone to take a leaflet and rise to the challenge of the fantastic free Uphill Lincoln Pumpkin Trail, which is bursting with half-term and Halloween fun.

This Trail has been devised by a partnership of the Bailgate Guild, Visit Lincoln and Lincoln BIG and uses the artistic talents of staff at The Little Pottery Studio at The Lawn.

It also follows in the footsteps of Lincoln’s traditional colourful family trails, which have won the city a worldwide following!

Visit Lincoln has drawn-up a brilliant Pumpkin Trail leaflet, which challenges families to find 44 pottery pumpkins and solve some fiendish clues. The pumpkins are going on display in the windows of shops and other businesses in the area which stretches from The Strait to Newport Arch.

Every pumpkin has been individually painted, including 20 decorated by Lincoln Minster School pupils, adding extra fun to this experience and the Halloween vibe is being heightened with the hanging of spooky black and orange bunting, as well as Lincoln Loves Kids bunting!

Pumpkin Trail
Peter Mason Charlotte House, Valerie Hope Wig & Mitre, Charlotte Goy Visit Lincoln, Nicola Lockwood Bells Tea Room and Bailgate Guild Chair, Richard Baxter Lincoln BIG.

The Uphill Pumpkin Trail will run from Saturday, October 20th, to Sunday, November 4th.  It’s so easy to take part.  All families need to do is pick-up a trail leaflet from the city’s Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill or participating shops and businesses – or simply download from the Visit Lincoln website at:  www.visitlincoln.com/pumpkintrail then go exploring. 

Bailgate Guild Chair Nicola Lockwood said: “This follows July’s Enjoy Uphill Lincoln campaign, which highlighted the unique offer and high level of customer service given by independent businesses in uphill Lincoln.

“It’s great that this trail is something that every family member can have fun doing. It’s a real bonus that it is free and there’s a massive list of fabulous prizes waiting to be won.

“Thanks to the generosity of businesses in this area, they include gift vouchers for everything from pottery classes to antiques and collectables, books and artwork through to delicious lunches, afternoon teas to flowers, entertainment and sparkling drinks,” added Nicola.

Visit Lincoln Chief Executive Lydia Rusling said: “This fun seasonal trail is a natural follow-on from the success of the Enjoy Uphill Lincoln campaign, which encouraged businesses to work together to bring more people to shop in the Uphill area and discover Lincoln’s world-famous tourist attractions.

“This pumpkin trail ties in perfectly with our Lincoln Loves Kids project, which aims to get more families involved in a wide variety of local activities. It is really like a mini Lincoln Knights’ Trail for the Uphill part of the city, and we’re sure it’s going to be a real winner for Lincoln.”

I’ve gone off topic for today’s #Blogtober18 post but if you want to check out what movies other bloggers have watched a thousand times then just click on the #Blogtober18 image below – maybe there’ll be a few horror films lurking in the links!



Haunted halls, pumpkin patches and terrifying trains

Halloween events 2018

Putting the boo in peekaboo!

When I was getting upset at seeing all the back to school shop displays at the end of August I turned the corner of an aisle and came face to face with several shelves full of grimacing pumpkins and the thought of Halloween also looming on the calendar left me with a big grin on my face too.

Last year’s Halloween was definitely a cause for celebration in the Malpi household as Faith returned home from hospital following her heart operation just in time to join in the festivities but we’re definitely hoping this year’s run up to trick or treat time will be slightly less stressful.

If you’re looking for activities that are more fun than fearful, there are plenty on offer in Lincolnshire and just across the county border to keep your mini monsters amused.

As always – 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/book before travelling.

Do you know of an event we’ve missed?  Tell us about it in the comments or email us at hello@theminimalpi.co.uk and don’t forget to keep checking back in case we’ve found more.

And, if you’d like to find out more about the day’s Celtic roots of Samhain, pop over to Sarah’s The history behind Halloween post on her blog Kippers and Curtains.

September 29:

7pm-9pm: Ceramic Halloween Lanterns, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

October 1:

7pm-9pm: Halloween Witch Gnome Ceramic Workshop, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

October 6:

7pm-9pm: Pumpkin Lanterns Ceramic Workshop, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

October 6-31:

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

October 7:

10.15am: Sunday Storytime – Monster Stories, Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln

October 12:

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

October 13, 14 & 20-31:

Bell’s Pumpkin Patch, Benington, near Boston

October 13 – 31:

PYO Pumpkins, Doddington Hall, near Lincoln

October 17 – 28 (on usual open days):

Pumpkin Rolling and Halloween Trail, Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham

October 19

10am-11am: Toddler time – Funnybones, Hartsholme Country Park, near Lincoln

October 19 – November 4:

Halloween Pumpkin Festival, The Pink Pig Farm, near Scunthorpe

October 20 – 28:

Halloween Trail, Gainsborough Old Hall

Prison of Smells, Spooks and Stories, Lincoln Castle

The Burghley Halloween Trail, Burghley House, Stamford

October 20 – 29:

Halloween Pumpkin Picking, Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham, near Gainsborough

October 20 – 31:

Pumpkin Trail, The Workhouse, Southwell

Scarecrow Competition, Doddington Hall, near Lincoln

October 20 – November 4:

Halloween Monster Hunt, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Nottinghamshire

Haunted Halloween, National Civil War Centre, Newark

Uphill Lincoln Pumpkin Trail, Lincoln

October 21:

10.15am: Sunday Storytime – Room on the Broom, Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln

October 22:

9am-noon: Kids Club Halloween Session, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

9.30am: Harry Potter Magical World Workshop Day, Stamford Arts Centre

10am-11am: Spooktacular Halloween Party, Age 6 months to 7 years, ARTventurers, Witham St Hughs Village Hall

October 22 – 26:

Noon-4pm: Halloween Craft Workshops, Burghley House, Stamford

October 22 – 27:

Spooky Crafts, Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

October 22 – 29 (except 28th):

10.30am-3pm: Halloween Spook Walk & Activities, Bransby Horses, near Lincoln

October 22 – 31

Hallowe’en Half-Term, Tattershall Castle

October 23:

10am & 1pm: Pumpkin Carving, Harstholme Country Park, near Lincoln

12.30pm-2.30pm: Half-term Halloween Cookie and Cupcake Decorating, Lucarlys Sports Bar, Cleethorpes

2pm: Pumpkin Carving, Wolds Words, Louth Library

3pm-5pm: Hero and Villain Halloween Afternoon Tea, The Secret Garden Tearooms, Elsham Hall

October 23 & 24:

10am-3pm: Land of the Dead Craft Workshop, Age 6-11, Wolds Words, The Riverhead Theatre, Louth

October 24:

10am-11.30am: Room on the Broom Event, St Giles Children’s Centre, Lincoln

11am & 1pm: Room on the Broom Storytelling, Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

6.30pm-8.30pm: Halloween Disco, Fun Farm, North Hykeham, Lincoln

October 24 – 27:

Doddington Hall’o’ween: Ghost Hunter, Doddington Hall, near Lincoln

October 24 – 31:

Half Term Halloween Fun, Rand Farm Park, near Wragby

October 25:

Pumpkin Children’s Party, Music with Mummy, Pavilion Bar, Saxilby

9.30am-12.30pm: Halloween House of Horrors Cupcake Workshop for Children, Age 9+, The Back Garden Bakery, Bracebridge Heath Pavilion, Lincoln

10am: Pumpkin Carving, Lincoln Arboretum

10am-11.30am: Kids Halloween Cookie Decorating, The Globe, Cleethorpes

10am-3.30pm: Ghosts and Ghouls at the Museum, Museum of Lincolnshire Life

1pm: Mask Making, Hartsholme Country Park, near Lincoln

1.30pm-4.30pm: Children’s Halloween Cupcake Decorating Workshop, Age 4+, The Back Garden Bakery, Bracebridge Heath Pavilion, Lincoln

2.30pm-3.30pm: Room on a Broom with Rhubarb Theatre, Wolds Words, Louth Library

October 25 & 26:

10.30am-2pm: Glitter Tattoos and Spooky Face Paint, Bransby Horses, near Lincoln

October 25 – 29:

Halloween Trail, Hartsholme Country Park, near Lincoln

October 26:

10.30am-noon: Halloween Slime & Pumpkin Painting Workshop, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

6pm-8.30pm: Halloween Roller Disco, Fun Farm, North Hykeham, near Lincoln

October 26 & 27:

5pm-7.30pm: Fright Night Spooky Walk, Tattershall Farm Park

October 26, 27 & 31:

Stamford Family Halloween Ghost Walks, age 6+, meet at Stamford Arts Centre

October 27:

9am, 10.30am, noon: Halloween Slime Workshop, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

11am-3pm: Beauty and the Beast Halloween Grotto, Hildred’s Shopping Centre, Skegness

11am-4pm: Halloween Trick or Treat Day, Bransby Horses, near Lincoln

11am – 5pm: Ghostly Halloween Hall, Gunby Hall, near Spilsby

1pm-6pm: Haunting Halloween, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough

2pm: Crafty’s Halloween Spooktacular, The Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe

3pm-9pm: Cleethorpes Halloween Fireworks and Funfair, Meridian Park Showground, Cleethorpes

4pm-6pm: Halloween Party, The Gamekeeper Wacky Warehouse, South Hykeham, Lincoln

6pm-8pm: Halloween Roller Disco, Cleethorpes Leisure Centre

October 27 – 28:

Halloween Trick or Treat Workshop, The Sewing Hut, Cleethorpes

October 27 – 31:

Halloween School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, Belvoir Castle, Grantham

October 27 – November 2:

Halloween Festival, White Post Farm, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire

October 27 – November 4:

Halloween, Sundown Adventureland

October 28:

10.15am: Sunday Storytime – Winnie the Witch, Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln

11am-4pm: Halloween Children’s Activities and Family Tours, Nottingham Industrial Museum and Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

2pm, 3.30pm: Halloween Slime Workshop, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

2.45pm-5.45pm: Halloween Special, Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

3.30pm – 6pm: Lab Rascals Science/Halloween Workshop, Lucarlys Sports Bar, Cleethorpes

4pm-8pm: Normanby Hall-oween Spooktacular, Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

5.30pm-7.30pm: Spooky Halloween Walk, Elsham Gardens and Country Park

October 29:

10am: Spooky Exotic Animal Encounter, Tattershall Farm Park

October 29-31:

Halloween Crafts and Spooky Finger Buffet, Picnic Stop, Cleethorpes

October 30:

3.30pm-6pm: Halloween Party, Holly Tree Soft Play, Washingborough, Lincoln

6.30pm-8pm: Nocton Pumpkin Trail – Kids Carving and Slime Workshop, Nocton Social Club

October 30-31:

Fuzzy Ed’s Halloween Disco, Grimsby

October 31:

noon-1.30pm & 5.30pm-7pm: Halloween Party, The Party Balloon Shop, Grantham

5.30pm-9pm: Nocton Halloween Pumpkin Trail, Nocton Social Club

6pm: Spooky Goings On, Cogglesford Watermill, Sleaford

6.30pm: Halloween Ghost Walk, meet Castle Square, Lincoln

7.15pm for 7.30pm start: Ghost Walk, start Baysgarth Museum House, Barton

November 1:

10am: Disco Toddlers Halloween Edition, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham


Looking for Halloween events further north? Visit Yorkshire Tots to Teens to discover Erin’s Top 12 Halloween Events in & Around West Yorkshire 2018.  

Putting the heart into Halloween

With birthdays just shy of the 31st, Halloween has always been a significant date in Daddy and Mummy Malpi’s calendars.

And, eight years ago, we made it an even more special anniversary to remember by getting married.

This year our month to be aware of has had even more heart put into it.

We were expecting Faith’s AVSD (hole in her heart) operation to be in January.  In early to mid October this was brought forward to November and within a few days we were then being called in to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester for the procedure to take place before the end of the month.  One postponement later and the operation went ahead as planned the second time.


There are no words strong enough to express how incredibly thankful we are to the team at Glenfield Hospital – the outpatients department, everyone working in Ward 30, surgeons, PICU and everybody who supports them – for taking great care of Faith and fixing the hole in her heart and in the process shoring up her parents’ and siblings’ hearts too.

TrickOrTreatThe second half of this year’s October may have gone in a slightly surreal blur but, thanks to the angels watching over Faith, both here and above, they gave her the strength to recover much quicker than expected and she was even home in time for Halloween and to see her brother, sister and daddy dress up for trick or treating.

Daddy was a zombie again, Luke quickly donned his choice of spider top on returning from school and Willow chose to accessorise her vampiric dress, ghost torch and claw treat bag with a fire fighter’s helmet, knight’s shield and explorer’s binoculars.  Obviously.

Here’s hoping your mini monsters are happy and healthy enough to be behaving like little terrors this Halloween.

A month to be aware of

#Blogtober17 – Day Four: Date

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, International Sloth 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.


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