PUBLISHED: 15:07 20 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:14 30 August 2017

It’s Halloween – and where better to enjoy some bone-chilling fun than at a centuries old haunted’ castle? Both big kids and little horrors will love scaring themselves silly at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth this half term…

Young adventurers can get in the spooky spirit with the Ghosts and Ghouls’ event running from Monday 27 – Friday 31 October. There will be creepy crafts, awesome adventures and ghost hunting galore. Discover some terrifying tales from the storyteller, join in a game of which witch is which?’ and set off on your own gruesome graves quest. Plus don’t forget to show off your spooktacular costumes and frighten the castle’s fearless staff - a perfect day out for all junior ghost-hunters this shocktober!

After hours it will be the grown-ups who get the fright of their lives with a series of seriously spooky evening tours from 30 October – 1 November. Spine-tingling storytellers Encounters with Spirits’ will take visitors on a journey into Pendennis’ petrifying past as they weave local tales of ghostly apparitions, dastardly deeds, and ghoulish goings-on. Brave visitors can experience the night-time surroundings of this ancient castle, travel back to a time when gruesome goings-on were commonplace, and maybe even encounter some of the past residents who refuse to leave.

“With a history stretching back nearly 500 years, Pendennis is the ideal backdrop to play out some truly chilling stories this Halloween” explains Property Manager Wendy Amer, “From the eerie sound of long gone horse’s hooves, to furniture with a life of its own, to unexplained ethereal figures – the castle has attracted its fair share of supernatural stories over the years. Without giving too much away, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see some of the past residents making an unwelcome return for the tours…!

The whole family are in for a seriously spooky half term with our week of Halloween themed activities – and whilst the focus is firmly on fun, we’ll be doing our very best to make the most of the atmospheric setting and terrifying tales to really make it an All Hallow’s Eve to remember.”

Pendennis Castle will host Spooky Tours at 7.30pm on Thursday 30th October - Saturday 1st November. Tickets are £15 (£12 for English Heritage members) and include a warming mug of soup or hot chocolate after the tour to help recover from the fright.

Due to the bone-chilling nature of the tours they are not suitable for under 16s – for younger visitors and the faint-hearted, a much less terrifying alternative will take place at 5.30pm each day.

The children’s Ghost and Ghouls’ activities are taking place from Monday 27th – Friday 31st October. There will be a £1 charge in addition to the standard admission charge for each child who participates.

Notes to the editor

Pendennis Castle / Pendennis Castle, Castle Close, Falmouth, Cornwall - TR11 4LP

Pendennis Castle is one of the finest of the fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. The castle has seen action in several conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War. Visitors can transport themselves back to Tudor times and right through the First and Second World Wars in a packed day out.

For more details please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis

Event Details

What: Ghosts and Ghouls

When: Monday 27 – Friday 31 October, 11am-4pm

Tickets: Standard admission charges apply – Adults: £7.00, Child: £4.20, Family: £18.20

All children are welcome to join in these events. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member, Life Member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity.

What: Spooky Tours

When: Thu 30 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014 - Children's Tours at 5.30pm (must be accompanied by an adult), Adult Tours (over 16 yrs old) at 7.30pm

Tickets: Adult - £15, Child - £7

EH Members: Adult - £12, Child £6

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