Mead Open Farm Halloween Festival this year is a Freaky FunFest and we were invited to go along to find out what treats and tricks Mead Open Farm has in store. The Freaky FunFest’s emphasis is on spooky fun for all the family, a festival of spooky treats and it was worth wrapping up warm and braving the cold. Before we even ventured inside, the entrance to Mead Open Farm was decorated with two imposing scarecrow figures with jack o’lantern faces to get us into the Halloween spirit!
When the sun came out we wandered over to the Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride. The tractor was decorated with pumpkin festoon lights, skeletons and ghouls. Along the trail there were monsters hiding in the woods and hedgerows… as we bumped along in the trailer our task was to try and spot the spooky spectres!
Then it was time to visit one of the haunted attractions. During the Freaky FunFest at Mead Open Farm you can visit the Scary Tales, the Shed of Dread, the Haunted Hotel and Toppers Twister. Each haunted attraction involves entering very dark spaces and there are strobe lighting effects, so be aware that some of the experiences are not recommended for people with epilepsy, asthma, or heart conditions.
We started with the Scary Tales where we wound our way through the dark forest and met the three little pigs, Red Riding Hood and… was it the wolf in Grandma’s house? Next we visited the Shed of Dread which was dark and decorated as a derelict barn. It was our task to follow the trail and help to look for Boris the spider. We encountered lots of actors playing their part in the story and sometimes they do pop up when you’re not expecting but it was super, spooky fun.
The Haunted Hotel was another interactive walk-through experience and it was certainly not a hotel that I would choose to stay in! The sets are creatively decorated and the boys loved walking through the haunted bathroom, complete with a toilet filled with fluorescent waste. We managed to save the best until last as we all agreed that Topper’s Twister was our favourite. Inside Topper’s Twister I was reminded of the Fun House at fun fair’s of my childhood, although this one was very dark inside. The floor sloped and undulated, the walls were daubed with glow-in-the-dark paints and at the end there was a gangway through a rotating barrel that plays tricks on your mind! Although I knew that the gangway wasn’t moving my brain was convinced that we were spinning. Eldest Child thought we were walking upside down. Littlest Child’s legs stopped working and he had to be helped through. It was such a clever illusion and we burst out into the daylight in fits of giggles.
Time for lunch inside the Shaggy’s PlayWorld and Grainstore Kitchen and we found plenty of choice to make a lunch bag for each child, 5 items at £5.50. We managed to get a table but it did get very busy very quickly. The soft play next to the cafe area seemed a really good size and it was the perfect stop to warm up.
Re-fuelled and full of energy we visited the pumpkin carving. There were still three huge crates of pumpkins to choose from, just keep in mind that there is a small additional charge for each pumpkin.
I couldn’t believe that we had spent hours at Mead Open Farm and we hadn’t had time to see any of the animals. There’s so much to do this Halloween at the Freaky Funfest. We took our bags of animal feed to the barn where the pygmy goats were so friendly and greedy… they were all clambering to eat from our hands and they were so gentle and tame. The sheep were unbelievably docile and hungry too but they were a bit more nippy than the goats, so mind little one’s fingers!
In the Piggy Palace there was a tractor contraption that we filled with animal feed and then wound a handle and the little tractor travelled along a platform and dropped the feed into the pig pen below. We could have stayed turning the handle for hours but we had to make way and let other children enjoy the fun too!
It was time to go home before we had a chance to explore the Topsy Turvy Towers outdoor play area, the Pedal Go-Karts, the Sky Trail or the Digger Village. We’ve had to save those for another visit.
We all agreed that the spooky interactive walk-through experiences were great fun and something we’ve not seen anywhere else. The Freaky FunFest was filled with treats and kicked-off our half term holidays in spectacular spooky style.
TOP TIPS FOR A VISIT TO MEAD OPEN FARM
- Mead Open Farm is in Billington, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9JH.
- The Freaky FunFest runs from 20th-31st October 2018.
- There’s plenty of free parking.
- It’s worth buying a couple of bags of animal feed at the entrance as the animals in the barn are very friendly and greedy!
- Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after touching the animals.
- Make sure that you take socks and long-sleeved t-shirts and trousers as arms and legs must be covered to use some of the slides in Shaggy’s PlayWorld.
- For teens and adults who prefer their fun to be a bit more scary there is The Howl at Mead Open Farm.
All information is correct on the date of publication: October 2018
We received complimentary tickets to the Mead Open Farm Halloween Freaky FunFest so that I could write about our experience. Words, pictures and opinions are all my own.