Last week, the boys got in a watered down version of their costumes and we headed to Gardner Village to experience WitchFest and their new Ride to a Witch wagon ride!
“During Ride to a Witch you will jump on the bed of a vintage truck for the wackiest witchride ever. She’ll take you on a journey to her enchanted sanctuary at Cricket Hollow Swamp. She’ll delight you with stories, perform her magic and maybe even cast a spell or two.”
Tyson had a great time …and Gavin was super grumpy and wanted to ride on my shoulders the entire time. (I was feeling that the next day!) This made it hard to take great photos, but I wanted to share a couple because the ride was pretty cute.
You take a bumpy wagon ride to the witches’ secret lair where you get to see how they live, cast spells, dance, etc. First you go into their home–an old train car dressed up with all their spells, potions and dragon armpit hair. (The witches are hilarious, btw.) The kids can check out all their brews, touch all the ingredients and even sit on their beds. Everything is hands-on.
Grumpy Gavin. Spooky indeed!
Checking out witch’s brew. He thought it was pretty gross.
Handling the giant spider collection.
After the train car, we headed to Disco D-I-E-ana’s party next door. She was a hoot and taught the kids a couple Halloween themed dance moves. The girls in our group seemed to be more into it than my boys …well, BOY since Gavin was still riding on my shoulders at this point.
Learning to dance like a witch.
Gavin was finally ready to participate when we could add whatever ingredient we wanted from a wide display of options to their very smelly cauldron.
And we checked out their bewitched chickens too!
If you are looking for something a little more hands-on for your littles while experiencing Gardner Village’s WitchFest 2011, I would check out Ride to a Witch. I’d also recommend going when your children are not cranky and maybe start with the chickens if they are. Chickens make everyone happy, right?
My little Darth Maul pondering the dark side of The Force at the lilly pond. He did try to use The Force to walk on the lilly pads but luckily I stopped him before he took a bath.
Cruising around Gardner Village afterward is fun too–they have real and fake witches dressed to the nines that make great photo opps for your trick-or-treaters and are also good for a giggle. In fact, as we were driving out (traffic is kind of a beast!) this is the only time Gavin giggled all day. That alone made this witch my favorite:
Full Disclosure: I was compensated for this post with free tickets, but my experience and option thereof are my own. As always.