William’s Den, Halloween at the Den – Pumpkin Party: A Mumbler review
Guest Review by Local Mumbler, Fiona Brook
It’s Halloween this half term, and those inventive folks at William’s Den have put together a frightful fun programme of spooky events for their young visitors at their Pumpkin Party. My 2-year-old and I were excited to head to the Den on behalf of York Mumbler to check it out…
More than just a pumpkin patch 🎃🎃🎃
It was a crisp sunny day when we visited, and so we started our ghoulish adventure outside, exploring the “Petrifying Pumpkin Adventure”, which gave my toddler and his little friend plenty of opportunities to hide and shout “boo” at each other. Older children will be occupied by a Trick or Treat puzzle to complete.
Then, passing the haunted pumpkin playhouse, we entered the well-stocked pumpkin patch and picked our pumpkin, before the kids borrowed a mini wheelbarrow each to cart it to the nearby pumpkin carving station where the parents were getting creative with carving a pumpkin to take home.
The highlight of the day for my little boy was the “spooky disco” – not just dancing to suitably themed music (the sight of a room of small children attempting to do the iconic Michael Jackson Thriller dance may not leave me for a while), but also games of Pass the Pumpkin and Musical Bumps. The two ladies dressed as pumpkins who were animating this event were brilliant at getting everyone involved, and ensuring that all of the children got some sort of treat.
We sadly missed out on the Broomstick Races, but enjoyed other Halloween themed courtyard games included Tic Tac Toe with real pumpkins as the game pieces; “Pin the smile on the pumpkin” and a game of “Witch Hat Toss” hoopla.
Ice Screams and more…
The Ice Scream tent was a spooky step too far for my toddler, but it’s a fun idea for older kids. Follow a green-haired witch into a darkened teepee, where a hairy hand emerging from the wall offers you a tiny shot of ice cream to sample and guess the flavour…but beware! Flavours include Toothpaste and Onion Gravy. Yikes!
No trip to the Den is complete without one of their homemade ice creams in more conventional flavours (check my previous review of this here), and I’m pleased to report that since our last visit, there is now a vegan choice available. I had the vegan chocolate ice cream, and it was smooth and delicious.
A pumpkin-tastic day out for kids of all ages. Coupled with the usual climbing, paddling, sand play and den building fun of the Den, you can easily spend all day there, as we did. My 26-month-old still needs a hand on the climbing equipment, but can certainly take full advantage of the wonderful exploring opportunities in this amazing venue.
Good to know
The areas around the pumpkin patch can be a little boggy in the Autumn weather – take your wellies!
The Pumpkin Party at the Den runs from 21st – 31st October 2019. One free pumpkin per child per visit.
Admission prices from: Adults £8, children under 3 from £4.74, children 3+ £11.25