Diary From A Dad | October 2022

As each month goes by my Diary from a Dad look at what’s happening with our little family, through all the adventures, challenges and obstacles that come to our lives. As a family of 5, with 3 children at different ages every day, week and month can offer something different. With the month of Halloween here, half-term fun and school well underway what happened this month?



Halloween in our house is normally a big deal and is one of those holidays that we like to celebrate, however, the last couple of years for obvious reasons, Halloween has felt a bit muted. Just before Covid, we were actually away for Halloween, and then ofcourse Lockdown happened etc..so this year was the first year in a while where we could celebrate it in a traditional way. We were home, decorations were up, me and Roo were at home for trick or treat while Boo, Tigger and Piglet were venturing out for their trick or treat, I wrote a post about this so check it out.

I’ll be honest when it comes to School and work, not a lot happened as you would expect, it’s a normal month and even had a half term in it. For Tigger, he was still getting used to being in Highschool, catching a bus on his own, paying, communicating, doing homework, planning etc..all stuff that was still relatively new to him. While Roo still trying to cram a lot in as she hits her final run to exams, mocks are next week and 6th period for extra work is now just the norm.

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

However, with Half-term and generally a busy time of the year, we had some outings. Firstly we visited Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach for their Halloween-themed nights, this was actually quite good, maybe a bit old for Piglet as she enjoyed some little rides. But the other two enjoyed the rides also alongside the many performers etc around the park.

Barry Wales

We decided to go away at the beginning of half term, and we re-arranged a trip to Barry in Wales, which we had to delay before to this week, it’s a special place for us, and we hadn’t been for a while. A quick look around the island on a wet day, and a trip the sights, as well as a trip to Ikea for a little shopping prep.


On the way back we arranged a couple of days out, firstly a trip to Legoland, something we have done in the past around Halloween, we asked what the kids would like to do and they choose the destinations. With Legoland their annual Brick or treat celebration. For us, we are aLego family, so this was always a joy, with our reduction in days out over the last couple of years it allows us to appreciate these days a bit more.

Chessington World of Adventure

The other day out on the way back home was to Chessington’s world of adventures, in the kids choices we grouped them up due to travel, so with this being close to Legoland, it was easy to stay near overnight and head to here. They aren’t fussed about Thorpe park as much, which is the other one locally, especially as its a designed for a little more older children than Piglet, with Tigger and Roo recently taking a step back from really big rides. Chessington like Legoland does extra decorations and effort into their park to help celebrate Halloween.

Onto the next

For us November and December are expensive and busy months, but are also the best time of year, so we head onto next month.


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