An exciting time of the year, dressing up and Halloween games always make for a spook-tactular time!
In this quick farming themed Halloween blog, we share some top tips for Halloween celebrations while staying safe on the farm.
Get creative with your carvings
We love this idea from Farmers Weekly where farming fanatics have been carving pumpkins in the shape of their livestock, machinery and even their beloved tractors! A different take on the traditional scary look but every bit as effective for something different this Halloween.
Put your pumpkin leftovers to good use
Remember that after carving your pumpkins you should not feed any scraps to pigs, chickens or livestock. Not only is this illegal to feed kitchen waste to farm animals but it can also be very harmful to their health. Instead why not check out pumpkin recipes from Farmers Weekly there’s options for sweet pumpkin pie, a hearty seasonal soup and year round favourite, marmalade.
Keep it low key around animals
Fireworks, sparklers and fancy dress are to be enjoyed but safety is the number one priority, this quick guide from NI Direct is an important read. Remember that fireworks can cause severe distress in farm animals and pets. It’s best to keep pets indoors in a calm and quiet environment while firework use of any kind is to be avoided where livestock are in close proximity.
Halloween games go virtual
This year while continuing to fight the challenges of COVID-19 we must remember to maintain social distancing and social bubbling guidelines…but this doesn’t have to hamper your Halloween fun. Why not host virtual Halloween games and quizzes, compete against friends and family from the safety of your home. Bobbing for apple time trials, pin the hat on the witch and decoration making competitions can all be done in a virtual environment, keeping you connected to the people you would normally celebrate with via video!
Always be child aware
Ulster Farmer's Union remind us of the importance to be child aware on the farm particularly during school holidays. While to children the farm may seem like a place of adventure with animals and machinery it is a place of work with many hazards and should at all times be a child free zone, especially during the current extended mid-term break.
Dedicate a secure location for children to play away from the main farmyard and livestock, encourage them to wear bright or reflective clothing and always follow the advice from the Health & Safety executive which you can read here.