Spooky Halloween Party Fun With BEAR

If I asked Mia and Joe to list their favourite things, I’m pretty sure that Halloween, parties and glitter would be very near the top for both of them! So, when they received a party invitation to the BEAR Claws Halloween event a few weeks ago, they were super excited. The fact that it was in London too, and meant a trip on the tube (they love it!) just added to the excitement.

The Halloween party invite, with lovely monster artwork, was safely looked after by Mia on the train. She wanted to be the first to find the BEAR’s party location in the Deep Dark Woods once we reached our tube stop. On arriving at Whole Foods Kensington, and hearing the party music and laughter, they rushed towards it, leaving me and their dad behind! With the party in full-swing, they quickly joined in with games, dancing and some excellent craft activities. The guys from Sharky and George children’s party entertainers really know how to keep the party energy going, it was non-stop fun and the kids loved it!

There was also the lovely and incredibly talented Snapdragon Facepainting on hand to create some amazing spooky designs. Mia loved having her face decorated, and had so many ideas for designs, but ultimately decided to go for a surprise design! Her face paint looked amazing, and she loved her arm artwork she asked to keep it on until the next morning!

There’s nothing cuter than munchkin pumpkins and all of the little ones had so much fun decorating them with spooky stickers. Joe took his pumpkin decorating very seriously, and covered every little space on the pumpkin with stickers. It is now proudly displayed on our fireplace at home, where as he says ‘everyone can see my Halloween pumpkin art’!

Waking up the day after the party to a trick-or-treat parcel from BEAR was the sweetest way of continuing the Halloween fun. Mia and Joe unwrapped a great selection of craft supplies for decorating pumpkins, and to Mia and Joe’s delight, GLITTER!

After popping down a layer of newspaper on our kitchen table, I gave them complete freedom to glitter it up and make their super sparkly pumpkins, and also some spooky mummy masks to wear…also strongly featuring glitter! The addition of some boxes of yummy BEAR Claws went down very well too with the little ones. It’s especially important for them to enjoy healthy snacks at this time of year, and the tasty Claws fruit and veg shapes make a welcome alternative to other more sugary Halloween treats available.

They had fun arranging the BEAR Claws to make lots of different monsters with the body part fruity pieces. Thankfully none of the monsters were too scary to eat! BEAR Claws are made with 100% pure fruit and are baked into delicious (and not too scary!) monster body part shapes. With no-added nonsense, no added sugars or preservatives they are an excellent healthy option.

All Halloween limited edition packs of BEAR Claws include some cool glow in the dark stickers, perfect for decorating your own litte pumpkins!

How scary can you make your BEAR sticker creations?! Share your spookiest crafts across social media using #ClawsHalloween …woooooo!

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Stay At A Historic University: Accommodation On A Budget


Did you know that it’s possible to stay at some of the UKs most famous universities? Rooms are available in many of the UKs most popular cities, including London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge. University Rooms brings together universities, colleges, and student residences in over 30 UK cities, filling the empty student rooms over during Summer, Christmas and Easter holidays. And as students are on holiday for around 20 weeks (almost half!) of the year there is plenty of availabilty. Of all the dates I checked for a potential city break over Easter or the summer holidays, there was a choice of accommodation available in almost all locations.


Its a great option for budget and solo travellers looking to explore top destinations, as there are no single room surcharges, no extra charges and no booking fees. Top facilities are provided, many options having parking available, self catering facilities, en-suites and include wi-fi and breakfast – some even cater for families.

Keble room

Keble room view

Booking city accomodation on a budget can be difficult and in some cities choice is very limited. From past experience, I have often found that there is usually a compromise somewhere, with accomodation often outside of the city centre, or in a tiny room in the heart of town, with just about large enough for a bed and a suitcase! As overnight accommodation prices have increased, UniversityRooms provides low cost accommodation within University facilities, in top locations.

University Rooms seems to provide a really good alternative option to more traditional city break choices. Some of their rooms have even featured as film sets, such as Christ Church College, Oxford where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Staying there you can even have breakfast in the stunning sixteenth century Great Hall, although I suspect the morning post might not be delivered by tiny Hogwarts owls!


The central location of many of the University rooms is also very appealing. I always find that staying in the city centre gives you more of a feel of the place, as you are surrounded by the buzz of daily life.

Stay in the historical city of Oxford, in University colleges and residencies, right in the heart of the city. Make the most of your time there by visiting some of the incredible museums such as the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers and Museum of natural History. Admire the historic buildings while walking through the bustling city centre. You can also head to Blenheim Palace to see the incredible grounds and dine in the Palace restaurant or take a short bus ride to Bicester Village outlet.


This week is English Tourism Week a week-long celebration of events showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the English tourism industry. What a wonderful way of celebrating and promoting the many amazing destinations throughout our beautiful island.

So why not book a University Room and go exploring somewhere new in the UK! I would love to know where you would recommend for a city break.

This is an affiliated post; I was kindly offered an overnight stay with University Rooms in exchange for my views. Thanks to the lovely Alice at Seriously PR for providing the above images and some specific information about University Rooms.