Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween Party

Well, we went to the local Halloween Party at our Children's Centre & the girls had so much fun.  Freya loved being a witch but Abby refused to put her ghost costume on........she's a girl who knows what she wants!!!

We tried to have a family photo taken but, as you can see, Abby was more interested in what was in her cup!

There was a little competition for the children's costumes - Freya was one of 3 children who won (yay!!).  There was also a competition for the best carved pumpkins - we took one that Hubby carved for Abby (I did one for Freya) & theirs won (yay again!!)  

I know I posted this picture earlier but, seeing as it's now an award-winning pumpkin, I thought it was worth another post ;-)

The Children's Centre is run by our local council & is very heavily into promoting healthy living, safety & well-being for families.  For this reason they had loads of information on Fire Safety (it is the season for bonfires & fireworks!), which is really useful.  They also made a home-made vegetable soup & served it to everybody with bread rolls - it was absolutely delicious!!  In order to encourage us to try this ourselves they gave us all vegetable "goody-bags" with the recipe to take home with us.

Look at all of the fab stuff I came home with!!! Leeks, onions, carrots, a sweet potato, butternut squash & swede.

Apart from the fact that the girls loved the evening running around with other children dressed up in scary costumes, the best part of this evening was EVERYTHING WAS FREE!!!!!  The party was put on for free, all of the information was issued to us & the vegetables were given to us - FREE!!!  We practically live at our local Children's Centre as all of their playgroups are run at no cost to the local parents & they also put fun events like this on regularly.  They're even open during the school holidays!!  It's a shame that more people don't attend these Centres (they either don't know about them or just aren't bothered about coming).  In the past year the attendance at our Centre has dropped dramatically - mainly because the children that came last year now go to school/nursery - there are always people with babies/toddlers though that don't come along.  If you have small children & have access to a local Children's Centre then I would definitely recommend getting involved while you have the opportunity - one day the Councils might decide that there's no point in keeping them open if they're not being used by the public.


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