Screamingly good Halloween ideas
Trick or treating is so 2019, but that doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot of fiendish fun to be had - and not just for the kids. Check out our safe and socially distanced picks for Halloween, from haunted pubs to murky mystical tales and er, a Witches themed afternoon tea, ... we dare you.
Want to know where to have some ghoulish good times this October? Then read on for our hand-picked guide.
Dead of Night Dis-dance, Rogue Theatre, Tehidy Woods (23 Oct – 1 Nov)
An immersive theatre adventure celebrating Halloween; a wickedly joyful treat for all ages in the sparkling dark heart of Tehidy Woods from Muddy favourite magical Rogue Theatre. Wander the winding woodland path and through Mr Logan’s gate into the land of the rapturously dead, where lost souls await, to show you the way, and mislead you to the Dead of Night Dis-Dance. Rest in the peace of the underworld forest and chill, as a collection of comic, ghoulish and ghostly stories come to life on Mrs Logan’s underworld stage!
Monsieur du Freak’s Circus of the bizarre, The Big Top, Penryn (30 Oct – 1 Nov)
Pokya entertainment presents their Halloween spectacular, a chilling and unforgettable journey into the world of Monsieur du Freak’s Circus of the bizarre. Watch as he presents his strange ensemble of creatures from the other side taking you on a wild ride as they contort, climb, flip and fly, displaying their stunning acrobatics in a way you will have never seen before.
Halloween at The Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown (31 Oct)
The Shipwreck Treasure Museum has one of the largest private collections of shipwreck artefacts in Europe with more than 8,000 items retrieved from over 150 wrecks all under one roof. Sitting below is one of the original, dimly lit, 18th Century Georgian passageways and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These narrow loading tunnels would have been witness to workers often being crushed under the weight of the trailers full of stock for loading onto the ships waiting below. Investigate potential paranormal activity and the stories of the shipwrecks with Stranger Nights: Paranormal Investigations all Halloween night – including, if you dare, if contact is made with any resident or lingering energies, you will learn how to interpret, document and review this evidence.
HALLOWEEN: SPOOKY! Walled Garden, Penrose Farm, Sennen (31 Oct)
KRILL presents SPOOKY a family friendly Halloween celebration suitable for all ages. Dress up warm and dress up spooky. Bring a picnic blanket, your own food & drink and a pre-cut Jack o’ lantern.
Settle in for an evening of Spooky offerings. There will be a crafty making workshop, ghostly dancing, shadow play, live music, animations and storytelling round an open fire.
Halloween Afternoon Tea, The Headland Hotel, Newquay (All October)
The Headland Hotel on the north Cornish coast at Newquay was the main setting of the 1987 film adaption of Roald Dahl’s The Witches and are celebrating the spookiest time of year this October with its Halloween-themed Witches Afternoon Tea every day in October, accompanied by regular visits from the Grand High Witch, every weekend throughout the month, and every day between 16 and 31 October. The Witches Afternoon Tea includes three tiers of savoury and sweet treats, including white chocolate and coconut mice, chocolate witches’ hats with pumpkin mousse, blackberry jelly shots, and meringue ghosts.
Halloweden, Eden Project (17 Oct – 1 Nov)
Discover the secrets and folklore behind the ‘boo’-tiful plants that line the pathways of the gardens and Biomes, and follow a spooky story trail which will send you into a fearsome frenzy. The Odyssey of Weird Little Stories, or OWLS for short, encourages visitors to explore all around the home of the world-famous Biomes, pausing at eight specially chosen locations. Eagle-eyed explorers will be able to spot an owl at each of these points and, through an app on their smart devices, they can listen to fearsome stories, myths and legends from all over the world. Booking essential, locals pass members also need to book a timed entry slot.
Halloween Maze of Horrors, Cornish Maize Maze, Saltash (31 Oct)
The halloween Horror Maze is a set route through the maize maze with scare scenes with live actors along the way – not for the faint hearted, takes around 15 minutes to complete. From 6pm with timed ticket entry, pre-booking essential.
Bodmin Town and Jail Heritage Ghost Walk, Bodmin Jail (Weds in Oct)
Try a spooky ghost walk – The Bodmin Town and Jail Heritage Ghost Walk experience gives you a chance to walk in the footsteps of the prisoners in a journey through time to the point of execution. The first hour of the tour starts just outside the jail, and the first stop is the old Court Rooms, where prisoners started their journey of incarceration. A walk through the town follows the timeline of the history for the jail, noting key areas of relevance and introducing you to paranormal elements as well as physical, visual and audible interactions along the way.
Cornwall’s most haunted location
High and isolated lies the vast mysterious wild moorland that is said to be roamed by the Beast of Bodmin Moor, a phantom wild cat. Take a walk and then head to Jamaica Inn, the old coaching inn half way between Bodmin and Launceston for lunch, or stay over if you dare. You’ll probably recognise the name as Jamaica Inn achieved world fame after Daphne du Maurier wrote the best-selling novel of the same name following her enforced stay in November 1930. Stories of paranormal activity abound and after investigation, the British Paranormal Association confirm it to be a genuine haunted establishment.