October marks the start of spooky season, a time where we embrace cosy nights in, wrap up warm against the elements and begin the countdown to some fiendishly fun Halloween celebrations.
Celebrated on the 31st October every year, this popular event was originally celebrated to mark the end of summer and the beginning of a new year in the Celtic calendar. Traditionally people would carve lanterns, light bonfires and dress up to ward off unwanted ghosts and spirits.
These days, as the nights draw in and we hibernate at home, this time of year provides an ideal opportunity to update your little ‘ghoul gangs’ indoor play set up.
For a sweet-free ‘treat’, take a peek at our terrifyingly tempting top toy picks that bring all the fun without any of the sugar - perfect for toddlers, pre-schoolers and beyond. And, if the thought of too many sweeties at Halloween fills you with dread, then how about introducing a new tradition that cuts back on the sugar without spoiling the fun. The “Switch Witch” has been taking social media by storm and is a win-win for parents and children alike. Once your little ghouls have done the rounds trick or treating, gather up the candies and ask them to choose five or so to keep. Then, place the rest in a basket or container and ask them to leave them outside the front door for the Switch Witch to find. When your little ones are tucked up in bed, replace the sweeties with a toy for your child to discover the next morning and just watch their faces light up!
We have created the perfect letter to give to your little one to make the whole experience much more fun!.
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If you’re on the lookout for a spellbinding addition to your little adventurers play universe, look no further than our wooden sweet sets, bursting with treats for fiendishly good role play fun.
SWEETS & CANDY SET
This nostalgic Sweets & Candy Pic’ n Mix Set features a spookily spectacular assortment of retro style goodies complete with striped paper bags. Crafted from sustainable rubberwood, this plastic free toy is perfect for eco-friendly play. Dress up your mini monsters and get ready to act out some trick or treating role play fun.
Up the ante and serve up a gruesomely tasty feast on this fearsomely fabulous Tea & Treats Trolley. Or for an “Icy” take, opt for the Ice Cream Trolley – both of which add instant ‘carnival’ vibes to your seasonal play set up. With their vintage look, sturdy wooden structure and traditional touches, they make a real showstopper gift choice for endless play adventures.
Everyone loves a trip to the movies, right? Get into the ‘spirit’ of the occasion and inspire budding film stars and directors with a seasonal showing of their favourite film – Disney’s Encanto is a firm favourite around here. Add some props like this dazzling Hollywood Film Camera, a wonderful toy to inspire young imaginations, encourage language and social development skills.
No trip to the cinema is complete without some yummy snacks and this cute Popcorn Machine is ready to serve up a slice of the action. With its traditional hand painted design, there are many interactive features to discover including a working handle that creates ‘popping’ kernels when released. The packaging even includes ‘cut out and keep’ tickets for extended play value.
SHOWTIME PUPPET THEATRE
And for lovers of the arts, why not bring the theatre to your front room and get little actors to put on a Halloween themed puppet show with the Showtime Puppet Theatre. Young performers will adore this realistic toy, designed to encourage learning through play. This timeless gift will stand the test of time with its sturdy wooden frame, adorned with red stage drapes, backdrop curtain, reversible sign, stage door and winding act curtain.
You can shop the complete collection of sustainable wooden toys and treasures at our online store. From baby & toddler toys, dolls houses, train sets, role play, play foods, children’s furniture and more. Our beloved curation is waiting to be discovered, with unique pieces that inspire the magic of childhood, through a lifetime of play.
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