Scare Yourself Silly at Art Knapp’s Funland! (Contest Alert)

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Art-knapp-halloween-mosaicLooking for a spooktacular activity for the whole family? Funland at Art Knapp’s has you covered! Opening this Friday the 13th, Funland is open from 9am daily, packed with even more activities for thrill seekers of all ages. I stopped by this week to pick up a few pumpkins for my fall planter update, and while I was there I took a tour of the Funland set up. What I saw was down right spooky. A garden centre transformed into a Halloween festival!

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Spooky decor greets you throughout the shop. Invigorating the imagination and allowing for some very serious decorating planning of my own. A funky witch’s hat, a decantor of poison… or how about that giant skelleton…. hmmm. The choices are endless.

Out back in the nursury there are many free activities for the kids to enjoy while you do your fall bulb shopping including a zipline and a jungle gym for the little ones.

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Carnival rides and games are scattered through out, with hay lined paths and pumpkins adding to the ambiance. Get a ticket for the train and take a ride through the Pumpkin Patch with your kids, or scare your teens silly with a ride through the Haunted Tunnel. I walked through the tunnel on my tour, and it is terrifying. I wouldn’t recommend this ride for little ones. However the teens and kids at heart will love it. Prepare to have your hair stand on end for this very spooky train ride.

Enter if you dare!

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It’s not all demons and ghouls.  There’s something for everyone at Funland. This year they’ve added a vintage Carasol. Full of classic charm and antique horses, it’s enough to make you forget about what you saw in that tunnel. These horses are ready and waiting to take you for a spin.

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I took my inspiration for this fall planter update from the soothing colours in the Carasol. Tranforming those faded summer flowers to a royal explosion of texture & colours fit for a princess. The good people at Art Knapp’s helped me pick out the perfect pumkins. With my supplies ready I headed over to Benjamin Moore Tri City Paint & Decorating to pick out some fab colours. This princess planter will be the perfect juxtaposition to all of the dark & heavy colouring of the skelletons and pirates that my husband seems bent on decorating our house with this fall.

A girl’s got to have her bling.

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Painting pumpkins is super easy. I don’t carve mine out. I leave them whole, and they seem to last quite a while. The most difficult part is deciding what colour to pick! I say make a splash and go bold!

Watremark_DSC_8052-2After a couple coats of paint I added a little detailing to my pumpkins with gold highlights. I also added a touch of paint on the stalk to give it a little golden shimmer in the sunlight.

To prep the barrel I cleaned up the perennial and summer blooms. Cutting back the perennial sage, triming up the climbing rose and tying back the leaves from the hellbore that lives in the centre. Once that was done I planted some edible and highly ornamental kales, allysum, white asters & a stunning Carpet Bugle ‘Burgandy Glow’. I added pops of colour with pumpkins, a large white quarts stone & a high heel full of semperviums. I think it turned out beautifully.

Every princess needs a fabulous pair of heels.

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Contest Alert!

Here’s your chance to win a Family Pack of tickets to Funland! There are two steps to enter. First head over to Art Knapp’s Twitter page & make sure you’re following them. Once you’ve done that tweet us about what you’re most looking forward to at Funland. Make sure to tag @ArtKnappVan & @GardeningDame in your post and use the hash tag #Funland to be entered to win! This contest runs until Wednesday September 18th at noon. The winner will be contacted via twitter.

Have a Spooktacular time! 

(This is a sponsored post. Some of the materials for this project were provided by Art Knapp Port Coquitlam. All opinions are my own.) 

 

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One comment on “Scare Yourself Silly at Art Knapp’s Funland! (Contest Alert)

  1. I love your planters!! They turned out great!!

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