Our Barnsley hub also held their annual Halloween party for all our carers and young people. We had a fantastic turn out on the day and all the children loved the craft activities that we had put on and came dressed up in an array of costumes! We had witches, werewolves, skeletons and even a Frankenstein!

The activities we had planned for the included:

  • Carve your own pumpkin
  • Face painting
  • Halloween inspired photo booth made by staff
  • Decorating cupcakes and buns
  • Pin the smile on the skeleton
  • Apple Bobbing
  • Spooky arts and crafts

All the children got involved with every activity and they loved decorating the buns, especially when they got to take a few home afterwards! Our Halloween parties are always a real hit with all the children and carers every year and we really look forward to it! It’s great to see everyone come together and enjoy each other’s company and build relationships. 


On Tuesday 29th October, our Heywood team got into the full Halloween spirit and held a party for all our children and carers. Fancy dress was optional for the occasion, but most children arrived in some fantastic creative costumes. We had witches, mummies, spiders, princesses and lots more. It was great to see an array of children of all ages mixing well together and having fun.

We planned lots of craft activities so there was something for everyone to take part in, such as:

  • Sewing felt pumpkins
  • Decorating witches’ hats
  • Making spiders from pipe cleaners and pompoms
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Party music and games with prizes

We also hired our regular and extremely talented local face painter, Vicky, who is always a big hit with the children. They all queued up to have their faces painted she was able to create some beautiful festival pieces which they loved! We even provided food and refreshments and the Krispy Kreme doughnuts were especially popular. Each child received a goody bag to take home filled with sweets, balloons and more activities.

It was lovely to see all the children interact well and get involved in all of the craft stations. They all especially loved the pumpkin carving activity which was run by one of our carer Trish. She was a big hit with all the children and we really appreciated her support. The children all carved their own pumpkin and created some fantastic designs. We also had some awesome teamwork taking place as the children got into groups or pairs and use toilet paper to make live mummies!

We love organising fun, seasonal events like this for our carers and their children and always ask for feedback so we can improve for next time.

However, the feedback we received was excellent which was very pleasing. Here is some of the feedback we received:

One child claimed ‘I’m having the best time ever, I want to come again!’

One of our carers also said ‘Wonderful event. Children loved the laid-back atmosphere. Loved the activities, well done Capstone!’

‘The Halloween event was fantastic, it had everything that you could possibly want, 10/10!

‘Well organised activities. Children have enjoyed it. The hotdogs and doughnuts were a bonus!’

‘It is the best party ever. Thankyou!’

‘The event was very good, catered for everyone. 10/10!’

‘Fantastic, lots of great activities to do, brilliant. Thankyou!’

‘Fabulous, fun filled event. Brilliant, lots to do, thankyou!

This month at Capstone Foster Care we have been celebrating sons and daughters month to celebrate the significant contribution of children of foster carers in the fostering role. Our carers are thankful for the support they receive from sons and daughters who have been there from day one when the fostering journey began. Just like our foster carers, are there for our foster children so are their own birth children. They are unperturbed by the unsettling and unpredictable nature of foster care.

Our foster carers birth children find room in their home and in their hearts, for the children when they arrive and also feel a deep sense of loss, like our foster carers do, when the children move on. It is not always easy for them to share their space, possessions and attention but when asked how they feel about fostering they praise the role their parents play and positively speak about how being part of a fostering family impacts on them and has helped them to understand others better.

Foster children seek reassurance and praise from birth children in the home, birth children are the growing band of people they can trust and count on. Foster children observe how birth children act within the home, responsibilities they hold, how they hold down a responsible job and education. Our foster children ask curious questions about birth children which help them gain essential life skills. Fostering impacts on the whole family and everyone in the household needs to be committed. Sons and daughters are involved in the decision to foster and part of the assessment process. There is always training available for sons and daughters of foster carers as well as their own support groups

We want to take the opportunity to thank all our sons and daughters of foster families for helping and contributing towards being part of the Capstone Family. You are fantastic in what you do!!


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