Isadora Moon’s ‘Horrible Halloween’ at Waddesdon Manor

Isadora Moon Day at Waddesdon Manor

I was honoured to be asked to present at Waddesdon Manor for their ‘Horrible Halloween’ celebrations during half term. They actually made the Wednesday into Isadora Moon day, and asked me to do four presentations as well as book signing! 

Harriet Muncaster and Isadora Moon in the Horrible Halloween Frame at Waddesdon Manor

It was a full-on day, with four sessions followed by book signings. And I didn’t even have my events helper, Henry there. Unfortunately, he came down with a bug the night before and had to spend the day on the sofa. My mum was supposed to be looking after Celestine while we both drove to Waddesdon manor, but she and Celestine ended up coming with me instead. 

Arriving at Waddesdon Manor

We set off early in the morning, and drove through the curling mists at the start of a beautiful October day. When we arrived, the manor itself was stunning, all gothic with turrets and spires. I immediately knew Isadora Moon would feel right at home here. 

Harriet Muncaster in front of Waddesdon Manor
Me in my costume outside Waddesdon Manor house!

The grounds were absolutely huge and beautifully landscaped with manicured lawns, neat borders, and majestic trees. I’m sure Celestine must have enjoyed being pushed round it in her pram. I wish that i had had more time to look round it. One day I will go back to Waddesdon Manor and visit it properly!

Getting Ready for my Sessions
Harriet Muncaster before her Waddesdon Manor events
Time for a quick snap before my sessions began…

I arrived and discovered that I would be doing my sessions in a big stripy red and white tent (almost the Isadora Moon colours!). 

Stripy tent for the Isadora Moon event at Waddesdon Manor
I love this candycane-coloured tent!

It was decorated wonderfully inside with Halloweeny pumpkins.

Pumpkins at Waddesdon Manor
They had really gone to town on the pumpkins for Horrible Halloween!
Isadora Moon activities at Waddesdon Manor

We put up some Isadora Moon posters and bunting and set up the Powerpoint in an area called the stables. There was a courtyard type place with cafes and a shop and things around it. Around the stables, the Waddesdon Manor staff had hidden an Isadora Moon treasure hunt. It consisted of pictures from the books put in places for the children to try and find. There was a long table of Isadora Moon books to buy set up there too. Hay bales were set out in the stripy tent for the children to sit on.

Harriet Muncaster's Isadora Moon event at Waddesdon Manor's Horrible Halloween
The tent got pretty warm for October once it filled with people

Overall it was an absolutely wonderful day and I hardly had a second to stop and take it in! I was either doing my workshop with the children and their parents – teaching them to draw characters from the book and playing Isadora Moon games with them or I was signing books. It was a full on day and I was tired by the end of it, but it was amazing! I am so happy that Waddesdon Manor wanted me to bring Isadora there! Thank you also to Oxford University Press for organising it for me and being there too.  

 

Harriet Muncaster signing copies of Isadora Moon at Waddesdon Manor
I spent my time outside events signing books

Harriet Muncaster signing a copy of Isadora Moon at Waddesdon Maor

Happy Halloween from Isadora Moon!

I hope you Halloween was the opposite of horrible. As you may have seen, I’ve been running an Isadora Moon-themed Halloween costume competition. Entries are now closed and I’ll be announcing winners soon. For now, here are some of the absolutely amazing entries I’ve seen. Don’t worry if your entry isn’t featured below: I’ve still got to carefully check Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for every entry:

Isadora Moon Halloween costumes and decorations
I love that some children even made Isadora Moon-themed pumpkins!

Henry also got into the spirit of an Isadora Moon-themed Halloween with his pumpkin carved into the likeness of our favourite vampire fairy:

Henry's Isadora Moon Halloween pumpkin
Henry carved this Isadora Moon pumpkin

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1 Comment

  1. Happy (belated) Halloween, Isadora Moon! - Harriet Muncaster

    May 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

    […] Okay, I know Halloween was three weeks ago at this point, and they’re already showing Christmas adverts on TV, but it’s been a busy few weeks and I’ve got catching up to do. Over the last couple of months I’ve taken Isadora Moon as far west as Hereford, as far north as Manchester and south right down to Truro. I’ve visited five Waterstones shops, four literary festivals, and one country estate! […]

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