Will you be lucky enough to spend Halloween in Cornwall this year? If so here are a few ideas for you to consider at this spooky time.
Starting on the South Coast, Pendennis Castle at Falmouth may be just the place to be and let your kids scare themselves by taking part in a Ghost Hunt where you can discover spooky secrets and ghastly tales. They can also join in spooky activities and make creepy crafts. Pendennis Castle was one of the fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend our country against invasion. This event takes place on the 27th and 28th.
At the National Maritime Museum also at Falmouth you can have a fun-filled evening making trick or treat baskets, bloodcurdling badges and monster masks. Then become a ghost and ghouls hunter and go on a torch lit tour - hope the batteries do not run out - of the museum and join in the creepy costume parade. This is all happening on the 31st.
The depths of Cornwall will rock into the night with a Halloween Masked Ball filled with musical mayhem at Rosuick Organic Farm, St. Martin, Helston on the 27th from dusk to dawn - 6pm to 6am. The Masked Ball consists of 6 separate undercover areas accessed through the 'Titty Twister' leading to a flying saucer spaceship nightclub called Dark Star. On to the Tron Room, perhaps chill out in The Morgue, trail through Labyrinth which is a horror maze. Stumble upon a UFO crash site called Hanger 51. Next on to the cool Snow Dome and Ice Bar alongside the all night live Psyko Circus and the main stage called the Dungeon.
Onwards now to the Atlantic Coast and you will find things a bit calmer at Paradise Park, Hayle. This is a wildlife sanctuary complete with a JungleBarn indoor play centre. Between the 27th Oct and 4th Nov follow the Halloween Trail, win a treat on the Owl Prowl and enjoy the Halloween Kid's disco with fancy dress on the 3lst.
The next one further up the North Coast is Buccaneer Bay at Newquay. This really sounds a cracker! They invite you to a fully interactive Scare experience on the 31st from 6pm. They say it will be 'Cornwall's most terrifying Halloween event' so will you attend INFESTED? Last year it was 'The Revenge of the Killigrews' when Eliza Fortune led groups through the dark and dank caverns of Buccaneer Bay and guess what, she has not been seen since! If you enjoy being scared witless, book now you will be assured of a good evening here.
Join Newquay Zoo with their Zoo Boo Party on the 31st where the children can make their own wand, hear spooky stories and join witches Hubble and Bubble and go trick or treating around the Zoo. If you think your parents can cope bring them along as well!
Now lets creep over to Central Cornwall and find the great family 'attracktion' of Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin there will be a Halloween Murder Mystery on the 30th. As your journey takes you through some of our magnificent countryside a professional murder plot unfolds right in front of you. You can question the suspects, view the murder scene and decide 'who dunnit'. As you return to the Station the 'Murderer' will be revealed and if you are correct win yourself a prize.
At Lanhydrock, a Victorian country house, Nr. Bodmin they have set a prize trail amongst the gardens with a spooky theme - you will not know what is lying around each corner - and if you survive that then you can make scary crafts to take home with you. Then.... in 1994 three college students disappeared in the woods around the Lanhydrock Estate and every year in October since then spooky sounds of voices have been heard and all sorts of odd sightings have been seen. So are you man enough to go to the woods this year and see what you can see and hear?
We will end our list of Halloween events with the Eden Project, Nr. St. Austell. During the half-term week visit the Wishcraft Tent and watch pumpkin carving and listen to scary stories. Learn how to make a wand and a special potion. Have your face painted in a spooky design to scare your mates and perhaps shiver your way around the ice rink. Ghoulish grub is available in the Bakery and find out what may be lurking in the haunted Biomes. On the 30th and 3lst there will be a Little Monsters' Ball, so get your fancy dress on and take the family for an evening of fang-tastic fun with spooky activities and a bone-shaking disco.
Of course there are many more events taking place in deepest, darkest, haunted Cornwall this year but I hope you enjoy reading about the ones I have mentioned and have a screaming good time!