Our guide to the spookiest events in and around Cornwall this half term
PUBLISHED: 10:51 15 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:37 06 November 2019
There’s plenty happening in Cornwall this October half-term. We pick 6 family-friendly events to keep kids entertained during the holidays
October 19th - November 3rd
To kick off the Halloween season, visitors of the Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown will experience spooky stories of sunken ships and haunted tunnels at the Shriek-wreck event in October half term.
Visitors will explore candlelit tunnels; listen to ghost stories, sing spooky sea shanties with a pirate and try not to tremble as their voices echo down the passageways.
Along with searching for lost treasure, youngsters will also find awful arts and creepy crafts activities where they'll be able to create their very own frightening skull and cross bones pirate masks.
The Shipwreck Museum is also encouraging little ghosts and ghouls to put on their best Halloween fancy dress for the event too!
The event will be running daily from 11am.
For more information about the Shriek-wreck event, contact the museum team on 0172669897 or visit the website shipwreckcharlestown.co.uk
Flambards Halloween Fireworks Spectacular
This year, to celebrate Halloween, Flambards are hosting a fireworks display along with live entertainment from A George Michael Tribute Act. Families can enjoy spine-tingling rides and attractions such as the spooky pumpkin trail!
Both the rides and attractions will be open until 30/60 minutes before the firework display that is taking place at 7:30pm.
Tickets are from £13.95 for a child and £15.95 for an adult.
For more information on booking, contact Flambards on 01326573404 or visit the website flambards.co.uk
October 19th - 31st
Halloweek Extravaganza at Camel Creek
During the extended half term and Halloween, Camel Creek will be hosting an exhilarating host of tricks, treats and scary surprises at its Halloweek event.
There will be something for the whole family, from haunted train rides around the park, to a visit to the Apple Jack Pumpkin Patch, where you will be able to claim a free pumpkin to carve into a creepy, ghoulish Halloween lantern!
It doesn't matter whether you're a fan of wolves, skeletons, witches or ghosts, families can get their face painted in a huge selection of scary disguises to frighten their friends with.
The Reptile House, Crocodile Corner and House of Horrors will give the brave and the bold the opportunity to face the scariest residents at Camel Creek.
If you're not up for that, there will be a Trick or Treat game for visitors of all ages at the park's show area. There will be games and activities aplenty from magicians and zombies as well as slime and repulse in equal measure.
On the 25th Camel Creek will also be hosting the Bugg Ball - a two-hour party with music, dancing and lots of prizes up for grabs!
The park will be open daily from 10-5pm during the half term. Ticket prices start from £14.95 with free entry for children under 92cm.
For more information on the event visit camelcreek.co.uk
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm 'Press your own'
Back by popular demand, Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm's free to use apple mill and press is making a return this autumn! Last year it is estimated that two tonnes of apples were pressed by members of the public and £390 of donations were given to Cornwall Community Foundation through the activity.
This event will put hundreds of apples to good use and prevent them from rotting and going to waste. With use of the fruity haul, people can make 18 litres of apple juice in around 30 minutes. The spare pulp will also be used to feed the animals at the farm!
Visitors can make up to 30 pints at the authentic Cornish working cider farm, but if that's not enough, there will also be cyder making kits available for purchase at the farm shop.
There's no need to worry if you don't have your own apples either, crates of apples will be available to buy from the farm during the harvest season.
Joe Healey, Commercial Director at Healeys has commented:
Apples are our passion and this project helps continue the apple life cycle further. Not only do you get fresh apple juice which can be made into cyder, but the pulp can be used to feed animals like the pigs and goats we have available to visit at the farm."
Apple enthusiasts can also find out more about what goes into making the cyders on a cyder making tour. They can also taste over 20 different drinks in Healeys farm shop to help create their own perfect pints at home.
After all the action from the day, pressers can head up to the Mowhay Tea Rooms for a famous homemade afternoon or cream tea, or lunch in The Old Bottlery Restaurant accompanied by a Healeys pint.
For more information visit healeyscyder.co.uk or call 01872 573356.
19th October - 1st November
The Newquay based pirate experiences - Pirates Quest - are hosting the event 'Curses and Crossbones'. Visitors will embark on a creepy voyage with a live pirate guide, transporting those back 300 years to the Golden Age of Piracy.
New recruits will board the doomed Royal Anne - a real Pirate Hunter's vessel that wrecked off the coast of Cornwall way back in 1721, venture into Blackbeard's Tavern and bravely navigate through the spooky caves and murky streets of Eighteenth Century Cornwall.
For the braver explorers, there will be an optional scare section - The Locker of Davy Jones. This area is for Halloween thrill-seekers, just be careful not to succumb to the perils of the sea.
Visitors will be tasked with a treasure map which will lead them through the experience. You will need to use your adventurer skills to search high and low for clues and end up with the pirate treasure.
Booking online in advance is essential. For more information call 01637 873379 or visit piratesquest.digitickets.co.uk
October 19 - Nov 3rd
Outlandish beasts and mythical monsters are taking over the Eden Project this Halloween with two weeks of devilish delights. There are plenty of eerie activities for the whole family.
Visitors will come face to face with rare critters and have a hands-on experience with Cornish Sea Serpents, baby Dragons and a loveable Giant Beast. The specially trained handlers will be able to answer any questions about the creatures.
You can have the chance to channel your inner witch by visiting the Eden Cottage to create potions of unlimited possibilities using the finest botanicals as well as extra magical ingredients. Or try your hand at some spellbinding pumpkin-carving with the carving team.
If you fancy meeting some feather friends up close, the Screech Owl Sanctuary will be open for Halloweden fun.
To round up the terrifying two weeks, The Little Monsters' Ball will be taking place on Saturday October 26. Dress up as the scariest ghoul and get ready to do the monster mash.
For more information visit edenproject.com/halloweden