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Things to do this October in Cornwall

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There are so many things to do this October in Cornwall! One of our favourite months of the year, with lots of spooky fun!

Camel Creek, Halloweek, from the 22nd – 30th of October

Camel Creek gets freaky for Halloween! This Cornish theme Park has rides, indoor play and more open for the October Half-term week, as well as the frightfully fun Halloween goings on!

There’s just so many spooky goings on from the stable surprise – what will be hiding? To the House of Horrors: enter if you dare! There’s the Witch’s Grotto, and so much more including spooky trails, treats and maybe even the odd trick!

Here you can also visit animals such as horses, fluffy bunnies, and creepier creatures such as spiders and reptiles! There are food outlets which sell a range of hot and cold refreshments, and Halloween themed tempting treats!

If you want to get your fangs into more frightening fun, then go to Camel Creek’s ghoulishly good Halloween Bug Ball! There will be Halloween food, a disco and prizes, and the soft play is open. This is a ticketed event, that must be pre-booked. See dates and prices here.

 

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Newquay Zoo, Spooky Season, from the 22nd – 30th of October

Newquay Zoo hosts extra treats this Halloween, and with spooky activities each day. There will be the ‘Fact or Frightful Fiction’ game where you can find out what’s a myth and what’s not about some of the zoo’s creepiest residents. There will be other games and activities, as well as the usual fun at Cornwall’s only zoo.

There’s many things to see from monkeys, meerkats, lemurs, lynx, tortoises, a tarantula, and the sloth and slender loris. Every day there are Keeper talks about the different animals, as well as outdoor play areas and a café.

Book Zoo tickets online.

 

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Lanhydrock House: Penny Dreadful Halloween Experience, running from the 15th – 31st of October

Lanhydrock House is a late Victorian Manor, and an old house can seem spooky at any time of year! Though this Halloween things get even spookier, with the Penny Dreadful Halloween Experience. A Penny Dreadful was a sensational mass-produced serial that focused on stories of criminals, detectives and the supernatural.

Walk through the Lanhydrock nursery and buy your very own Penny Dreadful, with a real Victorian Penny. Meet some creepy characters and hear some spooky stories. You can even make your own lino cut gruesome Penny Dreadful and enter a competition! If you want some more frightening fun, then ride your bike around the Lanhydrock ghost hunter trail – get your map from the cycle hire.

Normal Admission Prices apply, no booking or extra charges apply for the Halloween activities. Read more on the website.

 

Bodmin Jail, Experiences throughout October

Bodmin Jail is a spooky all-year-round Cornwall attraction. Exploring Cornwall’s dark history, here you can explore what prison life would be like, what crimes would put you in jail and walk in the same footsteps of the condemned.

This dark attraction celebrates Halloween by delving even deeper into the darkness, with tours and events on throughout the spookiest month of the year.

There’s the ‘Go Darker Heritage Tour’ with the grimiest and darkest history from the Victorian and Georgian times. Or perhaps you would prefer to go on the ‘Dead Days Tour’ which explores the rise of spiritualism in the Victorian times. On actual Halloween there is a Victorian Séance, which is now sold out. This event is one of the spookiest events at the jail, lifting the veil between the living and the dead…

Ghost tours and spooky events are going on throughout the year. See the website for full details.

 

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Rogue Otherworld, Dead of the Night Dance, Tehidy Woods, North Cliffs from the 21st – 31st of October

Come to the woods and cross into the world of the dead…

Crunch through Tehidy woods and let your imagination run wild as you see the decorated woods and meet the characters from Rogue theatre, before settling down to watch some magical, spooky, funny and delightful tales preformed in an undercover marquee. This family event is an immersive theatrical experience.

Warm up with a beverage and settle down to stories that will take you to different times and places. There will be music, dancing, tricks and treats, with this unique Halloween experience. Book on the website.

 

 

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Lappa Valley Fire Works, 28th – 29th of October

Nestled in a valley, this picturesque attraction is brilliant for children and adults who love trains. Park up and ride into the valley to enjoy the pretty scenery, along with an 18th century engine house and outdoor and indoor play.

On the 28th and 29th, this engine house is bought alive by a fantastic firework display. With soft play open beforehand, and refreshments available, this will be a night like no other which the whole family will enjoy. Booking essential.

 

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Jamaica Inn

This 1750 coaching inn was a stop for smugglers and weary travellers. Over the years, Jamaica Inn certainly attracted some colourful and sometimes unsavoury characters. Its reputation was cemented by  Daphne Du Maurier’s novel of the same name, Jamaica Inn. A story of smugglers and mystery; it is easy to see when visiting the Inn why Du Maurier was so inspired.

Jamacia Inn is well-known amongst locals and others for its ghostly goings on. The Inn holds ghost tours throughout the year, and, of course, around Halloween is no exception. Eat a three course meal and then communicate with the dead! See online for more information.

Eden Project, Halloweden, October half-term

The Eden Project is opening later for the October half-term, so there is no need to rush off at dusk with the opportunity to wrap up and venture into the biome for the torchlight trail.

There will of course be lots of Halloween activities and fun with a puppet show, weave a spider’s web workshop, complete with spider facts, and the pumpkin weekend (29th – 30th of October) where you can learn all about pumpkins and see some of the amazing pumpkin carvings.

The Eden Ice Rink is back too, and half-term is the perfect time to take a spin! Booking and prices apply. Check the Eden website.

Eden Project, Cornwall

 

The Zombie Crawl, Newquay Town, 29th of October

This much-loved, free, family event, is back for the first time since 2019 organsied by Newquay BID. Newquay Library kicks off the frightful festivities from 12pm with face painting, wound making, and spooky stories.

Next there’s Bounce Dance Academy with the Thriller routine at The Piazza (by the cinema), followed by pumpkin carving at The Royal British Legion (pumpkins provided).

The Zombie Crawl starts at Fore Street Car Park at 3pm – 3.45pm, where you can witness the ghouls, ghosts, zombies, and all sorts of creepy characters, make their way through the town. Fancy dress is encouraged, so why not join in the crawl?

There’s a Kids’ Silent Disco to finish off this spooky Saturday from 4pm – 6pm.

Zombie Crawl, Newquay