Enjoy Some Halloween Fun At Freaky Funfest At Mead Open Farm

We were kindly gifted with a free family ticket to attend Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm for the purpose of this review.

Running from the 20th of October to the 31st of October, the Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm is definitely not to be missed. We headed there last weekend to see what was going on and to have some spooky fun with the kids. We also, of course, had to go and see all of the fab animals – well, it is a farm, after all!

Freaky Funfest is their annual Halloween event which offers six amazing haunted attractions! The NEW Scary Tales, the NEW Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride, NEW Haunted Hotel, Farm Fun, Pumpkin Carving and Indoor Play. With only a few days left, you don’t want to miss it! Prices are £13.95 for adults, £12.95 for children, £13.25 for seniors, £11.95 for disabled + carer and free for under 2’s. A very affordable day out for sure.

Visiting The Animals

Now as you can expect, we had to visit the animals when visiting Mead Open Farm. It was great as Olivia is finally at the age where she is really interested in things and she was so excited seeing all the different animals. She actually learnt the word ‘animal’ whilst we were there and had great fun joining her Daddy and brother in feeding the goats, finding it utterly hilarious as they tickled her hand as they ate all the animal feed up!

Jack has always loved visiting farms – he is a big animal lover and it was so nice to see him and his sister bond over the animals – chatting away about them and him trying to get her to say their names and the noises they make. She was very excited to see the ‘Moo’s!’ as she called them and as a big Peppa Pig fan, loved seeing the pigs and making the noises they make.

As you can see, there are lots of animals to see including bunnies and llamas too (or ‘arma’s’ as Olivia keeps calling them!)

The Halloween Events

Of course, it was important that we checked out the Halloween events so off we trotted to see what they had to offer. Olivia especially liked the Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride where we rode around in the tractor and had to point out the monsters. She really got into the spirit of things, trying to yell MONSTER with everyone else all the time. She really enjoyed the ride which was great to see. She was perhaps a little too young for some of the other Halloween events but she was very brave and barely got scared (although one of the characters did make her jump in Scary Tales!)

Jack loves Halloween but can be a bit of a scaredy cat so there were times when he grabbed me as he was frightened but ultimately enjoyed the experiences – he is someone who enjoys being frightened. A few of the following photos aren’t of the greatest quality as the experiences were pretty dark so I didn’t have the best lighting (and I wasn’t going to use Flash as that would defeat the object of it being dark and scary!)

When it comes to Halloween experiences, you want them to be spooky and scary, make you jump but intrigue you and make you laugh too. Jack and Olivia thoroughly enjoyed all the different things we could do – especially the tunnel that felt like it was rotating, Olivia wanted to go back on it! They really enjoyed squeezing through small spaces and trying to help find missing spiders and go to spooky birthday parties!

The rest of the farm

After being thoroughly spooked out, the time came for us parents to rest whilst the kids had some fun in the fantastic and rather large playground they have by the exit. It was no surprise to see children running about on it – it was a lovely day and there was so much to do in the playground!

We also grabbed a drink each from the restaurant but didn’t grab any food although it all looked delicious and the restaurant seemed very busy!

Overall we had a fantastic time at the Freaky Funfest and definitely think you should check it out if you’re in the area – it is running for another few days until the 31st! Steve and I have even been considering attending the Howl – for adults only!

Have you attended any Halloween events so far this year?

Is Halloween Chocolate A Worldwide Thing? | A Look At Halloween Traditions Around The World

My son absolutely adores Halloween. Steve even said to me tonight that he thinks it could possibly be Jack’s most favourite part of the year. He loves all the treats – Halloween chocolate and sweeties and getting together with his friends in fun costumes. He’s also shown so much more of an interest this year in how it is celebrated around the world so we thought we’d find out a little more!


Did you know that Ireland is apparently where Halloween originated from? Not the USA as some people think because of how ‘all out’ Americans go! It is still celebrated much as a traditional Halloween here is – trick or treating, bobbing for apples and those kind of things.


Apparently it is the custom in Belgium to light candles for dead loved ones on Halloween night. There seems to be many variations on this theme across the world with people remembering their loved ones.


There is a Pumpkin festival in Austria called Kurbisfest im Retzer Land. Some people also believe that if they leave bread, water, and a lighted lamp out, dead souls will be welcomed back to earth for that night.

Mexico and some other Latin countries

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the popular celebration in these regions. People believe that on October the 31st, spirits visit their families and then depart again on November 2nd. The families set up decorations and food for the arrival of the spirits. This time period represents a celebration of death as opposed to mourning. Have you seen the film Coco? It serves as a wonderful explanation for this day.

Bekir Dönmez

Salem in the USA

I actually know of someone visiting Salem over Halloween this year and am super jealous! Known as Witches’ Town, Salem has the Haunted Happenings every Halloween. Salem is, of course, known for famous witch trials hundreds of years ago.


Tickets sell out quickly and it is easy to see why – every year, a fantastic party occurs at Frankenstein Castle in Darmstadt. It offers stage shows, a whole lot of attractions and a spooky dinner!


Would you believe that the day is still not celebrated fully in France? Seen as primarily an American tradition, it didn’t come into popularity until the late nineties and even now, isn’t as popular in the country as it is in other countries across the world!


Finally, I had to talk a little about this old country here, didn’t I? Our Halloween is more akin to the American celebrations nowadays although not quite as over the top as they do it! Our kids enjoy dressing in their scary costumes, going trick or treating and meeting with friends to do so. There may occasionally be Halloween parties with suitably spooky food and party games – such as apple bobbing – and we also love a good spooky story or film or two!

Tradition in this country – well, definitely in my area at least – is that if you want to have trick or treaters at your door, you have a lit pumpkin outside your door or at your window so people can see you are happy for them to knock. This means that the elderly or those with very young children who don’t want to be disturbed won’t be.

What is your favourite Halloween tradition from around the world? How do you celebrate Halloween?

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