Halloween is a great time to encourage and engage young people, to get them active, and most importantly, to have fun! Our most recent Bristol participation day took place at Tyntesfield, a National Trust property, where we went for some spooky Halloween activities.

Halloween fun at Tyntesfield

Halloween fun at Tyntesfield

We started off with the Spooky Woods Halloween Trail. A couple of us had not come prepared for the muddy walk, so they protected their shoes with plastic bags!

We all went into the woods, sat by a little fire in the den building village and engaged in some fun activities. We were asked to make a witch’s face out of materials found in the woods. The young people were very inventive, creating the faces out of leaves, sticks and bark, giving the witches hairy chins and big noses.

Next up, we made potions containing some hard to find ingredients: a dragon’s tear, caterpillar blood and a pink flower. It took us all a while to find everything, but everyone persevered and were very resourceful when creating their potions. We ended the trail with a yummy hot chocolate to warm us up after being out in the woods for a while.

After a big lunch, we headed back out to make our own fizzy bath bombs, designed to look like skulls, aliens and pumpkins. The day ended – of course – with a pumpkin carving session. Everyone was ready to get their hands covered in slimy pumpkin and tried really hard to create spooky faces.

Overall, we had an amazing day out, with the young people showing incredible creativity and resourcefulness – but most of all, having fun!

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