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13th October 2017 | Regional News

Spooky Family Fun in Cornwall

From haunted castles to creepy jails, there are plenty of mysterious places in Cornwall just waiting to be explored. Over October half term, many attractions around Cornwall play host to a variety of Halloween themed events, making it a great time of year to immerse yourself in the region’s spooky past.

Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve unearthed some of the best family-friendly Halloween events taking place this year, so the whole family can enjoy some fantastic ghostly goings-on during your next holiday in Cornwall.

Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail is a spooky place at the best of times, but over Halloween it really comes to life. Under 25 minutes from St Minver Holiday Park, visit the cold cells where prisoners were once kept and get involved with the jail’s creepy events, some of which are not for the faint-hearted!

For families, the Children’s Halloween Party on the 28th October is a must. Dress up in your best costumes to be in with a chance of winning the fancy dress competition, and get your face painted to look like your favourite scary creature. Take a historic tour of the jail, before daring to meet reptiles, owls and a few creepy crawlies too. There’s also a cinema room where you can watch Horrible Histories and Goosebumps, and lots of Halloween-themed treats to enjoy, such as apple bobbing, toffee apples and a hog roast.

If you enjoy a good fright, there’s a terrifying Murder Mystery Night on the 31st October, where you’ll have to figure out clues to solve a murder in the eerie grounds of the jail. If you’re over 16, you can take part in the night, watching and listening as the frightening story unfolds. You’ll get to ask the cast clues and explore the grisly murder scene, before selecting your chosen suspect.

Video sourced from Aawen Design

Newquay Zoo

With over 1,000 amazing animals from all over the world, come face to face with some of your favourite creatures on a visit to Newquay Zoo. Under 15 minutes from four of our holiday parks near Newquay, there’s a whole series of ghostly events and frightening fun taking place during October half term, that the whole family can enjoy.

From the 21st to the 29th October, it’s Shriek Week at the zoo, where your own little horrors can complete a spooky trail to help free the zoo keepers from the Evil Witch. If they succeed, they could even receive a special prize from the shop. Catch the Creepy Crawly Talks at 2pm every day, and watch the animals enjoy some specially designed Halloween activities throughout the week too. Children will love turning into their favourite creature at the Face Painting Station, and if they come along in fancy dress, they could even win a prize at one of the zoo’s talks.

If you’re visiting the zoo on the 30th October, then you’re in for a spooky experience! Partnering with NT Drama from Newquay Tretherras Academy, the zoo will be hosting a Fright Night, offering you a late night guided tour with a difference. Watch a variety of scary stories, performed deep in the heart of the park, before exploring the zoo by eerie torchlight.

Video sourced from Amanda Ferris

Pendennis Castle

For a special Halloween tour of one of Cornwall’s most fascinating historic locations, head to Pendennis Castle, just under an hour from Mullion Holiday Park. Explore one of Henry VIII’s striking coastal fortresses and enjoy terrifying Halloween activities, suitable for the whole family.

There’s plenty going on around the castle during half term, so it’s a great time to uncover the tales of its creepy past. Dress the kids in their best Halloween costumes, and let their imaginations run wild as they learn all about the history of the castle. Meet the spine-tingling storytellers, who’ll tell you all about the castle’s ghostly goings-on and gruesome tales. If you’re brave enough, you can also take on a spooky tour of the castle where you’ll journey back through its mysterious history.

With spooky events taking place from the 23rd to 27th October, and frightening Halloween tours on the 26th and 27th October, there’s something for everyone this half term. If you’re a film lover, Pendennis Castle will also be hosting a scary drive in cinema from the 29th to the 31st of the month. Drive in, sit back and enjoy a screening of one of your favourite Halloween horror movies, if you dare!

Video sourced from graham New

The Eden Project

The Eden Project, under 40 minutes from Looe Bay Holiday Park, is probably the last place that comes to mind when you think of all the spooky sites in Cornwall. However, during half term, this popular attraction will be transformed into, Roald Dahl’s Halloweden, where you and the kids can take on some of the author’s most infamous villains.

From learning how to hunt for witches to sneaking through Fantastic Mr Fox’s tunnels, there’s so much fun to be had here. Take a tour of Mr and Mrs Twit’s house, but beware, as there could be a few tricks and pranks waiting for you along the way. You can also creep through the BFG’s cave, where you’ll find a magical dream making station. Just make sure you don’t wake the sleeping giants! And of course, no Roald Dahl themed day out would be complete without Matilda. Head out into the schoolyard to tackle the Trunchbull test, where you’ll compete in a variety of sporty activities to avoid the terrifying ‘chokey’.

Don’t miss the Little Monsters’ Ball on the 28th October too, with lots of Halloween fun for all the family. There are acrobatics, discos and a Halloween themed trick or treat trail to enjoy, where the kids get dressed up in frightening costumes. Don’t forget to try some tasty ghoulish treats too, including ‘gory guts sausage’, ‘creepy coleslaw’ and ‘eyeball pizza’.


Video sourced from edenprojecttv

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