Pumpkin Festival kick-starts Spooktober Fest

Pumpkin Festival kick-starts Spooktober Fest

The weather may have thrown cats and dogs at the visitors at the opening of Tulleys' Spooktober Fest this weekend but its pumpkin carving competitions, fancy dress parades, hilarious puppet shows and popular pumpkin chuckers soon chased the grey clouds away.

Hundreds of families with young children visited Tulleys Farm on Saturday and Sunday, marking the start of the daytime Halloween activities at their annual Spooktober Fest.

Jam packed with mild thrills and spooky excitement, the UK's most popular daytime event for children this Halloween returned with a bang.

With plenty to keep the kids entertained, families ventured through the woods on the Horrid Hayride, stepped carefully through the Creepy Cottage, sneaked through the corridors of the scary Fun House and follow the trails of the Spook Hunt. The new 'Cirque de Spook' show delighted young thrill seekers, who watched aghast as acrobatic ghouls took to the air in the big circus top.

Pumpkin carving in the farms' Theatre Barn awarded prizes for creative skills and young and old took the chance to demonstrate their carving prowess. Musical and witty puppet shows proved popular, with everyone laughing along with the colourful creatures and entertaining cast, who had all the children truly captivated whilst dancing and singing.

"We certainly haven't let the weather dampnen spirits at Tulleys". Said Stuart Beare, farm owner and creative behind the Halloween festival. "Thank goodness we're mostly all undercover here! The array of fancy dress costumes, face-painting, entertaining shows and lots of laughter has certainly brightened up the weekend; we're looking forward to half term now when we can do it all again."

Originally a pumpkin festival, Spooktober Fest has developed over the years to become a firm family favourite for parents looking for a great value day out at this time of year. It's brimming at the seams with things to do all throughout the October half term.

Published: 20th Oct

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I visited Universal Studios Horror Nights Orlando in the States last year - Shocktober Fest rivals the experience I had there

- Phoebe Watts, Brighton
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