Wow, what a morning we had at the Leeds Yorkshire office last Friday getting ready for Halloween! Everyone got to decorating their own pumpkin.

The children and foster carers all arrived with their pumpkins and tools ready for our pumpkin carving session. Members from our young people’s group Vasstel were there to give a helping hand, but they seemed quite content working on their own pumpkins too. Due to health and safety regulations, the children –  aged between 5 and 14, didn’t get to carve the pumpkins themselves.

Our first arrivals were two witches and a Halloween spider (a young person, their foster carer and grandchild). The young person was dressed as Elphaba (one of the witches from Wicked) and  looked amazing. The three of them together looked marvellous.

Soon more carers and children arrived and we ended up having more witches, a skeleton, a spooky surgeon/Doctor, and a bat. One of the young people from the young people’s group wore spooky hands and a mask. They couldn’t wear for too long as it was fairly uncomfortable. I think we were all pleased about this as the mask and hands were very scary indeed!

A great effort was made with all the costumes and wonderfully creative works were completed on the pumpkins with everyone sharing and helping one another. Following the pumpkin carving it was time for some treats including brains, spider buns, spooky jelly and Dracula’s juice to drink (really it was sparking water with raspberry juice!).

We finished the day off with face painting, paint on tattoos and nail painting, which was all good fun.  All of the carers and children were looking forward to Halloween parties’ they were attending at the weekend. The day had been a great start to the Halloween fun.

Thank you to all who attended and participated – Happy Halloween everybody!