Angry parents have lashed out at organisers of an Easter egg hunt, saying children were brought to tears when chocolate eggs were ripped out of their hands.

The Geelong Easter Egg Hunt and Street Food Festival have received reports staff were taking chocolate eggs away from devastated children because they had ‘too much’ reports Daily Mail.

Parents took to Facebook to vent their fury at organisers of the festival, which ran across the four-day long weekend in the Victorian city.

Organisers had limited the eggs which could be collected to ‘only one bag per child’ after parents paid a $15 fee.

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‘Was not impressed when the staff took Easter eggs out of the bags my children had collected and told them they had too much even after they only filled there [sic] bags as told at the start,’ one parent wrote on the Facebook page of Events Geelong, which had promoted the event.

‘They were also told that [the] Easter bunny will get angry if they don’t put some back which is not creating the magic of Easter.’

Another parent said she was shocked to see eggs being taken from her son. ‘Went to the Geelong Easter Egg Hunt and Food Festival at the showgrounds and just wow, they took eggs off children making them cry when they only had a few eggs,’ the parent said.

‘[The] Easter bunny went up to my son and took Easter eggs off of him, I was so shocked and my son wasn’t very happy afterwards. Upsetting.’

Event organiser Teresita Verfurth hit back at the negative comments and claimed one mother threatened to slap her, the Geelong Advertiser reported.

‘People had the rules, they read the rules, but we had people putting them in their pockets, hiding them in their prams – I was trying to get enough for all the children, I’m not discriminating against anyone,’ she said.

Is it bad parenting to admit I have never taken my boys to an egg hunt?

Did you attend an egg hunt this Easter?

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  • kids will be kids and this would be disheartening for them but everybody paid and was entitled to reap their bounty. The organisers could have done a better job


  • Sounds like a very badly organised egg hunt to me.


  • We were at a venue recently and the Easter Egg hunt was earlier than the time adviertised and at the opposite end to what it was originally advertised. It meant they were holding two events at the same time and a lot of children missed out completely. Some of those who missed out completely only found empty wrapper where people had dropped it then pushed it under chairs out of the way. It witnessed that hppen twice. On the Sunday morning these was some but some people including parents grabbed handfuls or more than one large one. Children who arrived a few minutes later got nothing at all.


  • It is always a shame when some people take more than needed – if everyone has a mindset of sharing and community this should not happen. We always take extra chocolate just in case there is never enough (pays to plan ahead)


  • Didn’t seem very well organised at all


  • We have experienced Easter egg hunts that can become very rough and nasty (even with separate ‘big kids and ‘little kids’ areas!) . What about an Easter scavenger/treasure hunt where the children have to collect things (stamps at stations or physical objects) then the staff hands over the bag of eggs/treasure in exchange for the completed list?
    We just do our own Easter egg hunt at home…much happier all round!


  • It seemed like it wasn’t a pleasant day for yther kids!


  • I don’t feel the desire to go to an organized egg hunt either ! Not bad parenting at all when you don’t take your kids to an egg hunt if you ask me, maybe it’s even good parenting not to take your kids to an organized egg hunt there when it’s going like this.


  • I’ve never taken my kids to an organised Easter egg hunt. One of the reasons is because I wondered if the younger children or the ‘nicer’ children would be disadvantaged against older, greedier children


  • hopefully if they organise one for next year they will do a better job, like smaller bags or a piece of paper and a pencil they can tick off when they find one, I don’t know but it does seem cruel to me


  • Sounds like they planned this very poorly. The Bunnings night was not very good this year either. Companies make millions but are becoming stingy.


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