Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Ham House at Halloween!

We have had one of those  fantastic half term days, busy and interesting!

This morning my little girl went to the Kids' Cookery School in Acton, with one of her lovely school friends.  They spent two and a half happy hours mixing and chopping and having great fun. She brought home this wonderful pie ( a homemade pastry top with  sausage, mushroom and sweetcorn filling) and pudding (an apple and spice muffin sponge).  She and I shared a really  delicious lunch. She was thrilled with her first cooking lesson, and is very keen to go again.

After walking the dog, we popped round to Ham House, where there is a selection of spooky Halloween activities for children.

First we took part in  a word search trail around the gardens.  Perfect for a little girl who had been cooking all morning as  she could run and skip with glee, and the clues took us all around the garden. (Fortunately there was only a very light drizzle, we didn't need to don raincoats or carry umbrellas!)

The Orangery looked suitably spooky, and there were very impressive piles of Ham House grown pumpkins in wheelbarrows and outside the shop.

Inside the House, there was face painting and ghostly story telling, as well as a craft activity in the basement.  The kitchen had yet more superb pumpkins.

We are lucky as this wonderful house is just around the corner from our home.  And as members of the National Trust we can just pop in for half an hour.

If you are in or near west London, and you have bored or fractious children (your own or visitors) this Halloween themed week at Ham House is well worth a visit.  Many children were in fancy dress, and all seemed to be having a ball.  The gardens are great to run about in, perfect for letting off some of that half term steam!

We followed the pumpkin trail

Clues were spread around the gardens

Some "witches hats"!

More clues

Locked away under the staircase!

What do we have here?


Aren't they fantastic?

The "spooky" orangery

More wonderful pumpkins

These are just near the shop

The story telling room

In the kitchen


Ham House


  1. Wow those pumpkins in the wheel barrow look amazing. I love pumpkins, such great colours. Looks like a wonderful day out X

  2. looks like you and your little girl had a great time.

  3. Karen, The pumpkins were fantastic, it was wonderful to see so mant different shapes ands sizes.
    Cookie Jar, we had a super day.

  4. Brilliant fun. I'd love to do that ! Wonderful pumpkins.

  5. what fun this looks like! and a great day weather wise too by the look of it x