POLICE have issued six top tips for youngsters planning to go trick or treating on Halloween.
Devon and Cornwall police say: “You may be dressing up as a spooky ghost, a wicked witch or a big orange pumpkin but remember to make sure it is a fun night by staying safe.”
The tips are:
• Always be accompanied by an adult when you are trick or treating
• You should only go to houses of people that you know and who are happy for you to call.
• Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks.
• Watch out for traffic – drivers might not see you
• If you are wearing a mask make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings.
• Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one)
Officers also have produced a poster for residents who don’t want to be bothered by trick or treaters to put on their front door and are asking people not to call at homes where it is displayed.
With Halloween just days away and shortly followed by November 5 celebrations, we’ve picked out 10 venues for some spookacular and spectacular events.
1. Masked Ball – The Masked Ball is a biannual event taking place in rural locations in West Cornwall in summer and to mark Halloween. It features internationally renowned DJs, local DJs and live bands and raises money for local causes. Tickets for the event on October 27 cost £35 plus £2.50 booking fee. For over 18s only. For information on the event contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween Ball, Rosuick Organic Farm, St Martin Helston, TR12 6DZ
2. Giant search – Search for the legendary giant on St Michael’s Mount throughout half term and on Halloween itself, a host of free children’s activities are planned including a professional storyteller with many ‘spooktacular tales of wizards, witches and ghouls’. Plus face painting, bouncy castle and Island Trail. Participants are encouraged to dress up too. The fun runs from 11am to 4pm.
St Michael’s Mount, Manor Office, Marazion, TR17 0EF T: 01736 710507
3. Pumpkin carving – DairyLand Farm World is giving a free pumpkin to all paying child visitors from October 29 to November 4. There’ll be lots of spooky goings on to say organisers. The attraction gives visitors the chance to get up close to some of the farm’s animals plus there are pony rides, maize maze, nature trails, trampolines, mini tractors, gift shop, and kitchen café. Admission is £9.95 per adult and child. Reductions for groups and children under 92cm tall are free.
DairyLand Farm World, near Newquay, TR8 5AA T: 01872 510349
4. Magical crafts – The Eden Project has a theme of Mexican Day of the Dead for its Halloween activities. The spooky fun is running from October 27 to November 4 with late opening until 9pm on October 30 and 31 for a Little Monsters’ Ball Halloween Disco. There’s the chance to make positive potions, wands, protection charms, hear dark tales with a storyteller, face painting not forgetting the winter ice rink opens on October 20. The price is included in the cost of admission except face painting and ice skating.
Eden Project, Bodelva, PL24 2SG T: 01726 811911
5. Fun, fear and fireworks – all promised at Flambards which is holding its Halloween Firework Spectacular on October 31. The firework display starts at about 7.45pm with advance tickets available up until Tuesday October 30at £10.95 for adults and children. Included in the ticket are all rides and exhibitions – excluding coin operated machines, paintball, karts and crazy golf, a disco party, the chance to trick or treat staff at specified times, fancy dress competitions and the chance to meet and greet Titan the Robot and Scooby Doo.
Flambards, Helston, TR13 0QA T: 0845 6018684
6. Water born fireworks – The Malpas Firework Display is a spectacular event with the fireworks let off from a pontoon in the middle of the river so the colours are reflected in the water and watchers can hear the echo of the bangs in the valley. Entry is free but donations will be asked for on the night. Parking is limited. The event on November 3 is a featured event for the village’s Heron Inn. It overlooks where the Truro and Tresillian rivers join the River Fal.
Heron Inn, Trenhaile Terrace, Malpas, Truro, TR1 1SL T: 01872 272773
7. Bay View Fireworks – The Bay View Inn in Widemouth Bay is holding its firework night on November 4 from 6pm. The Bay View Inn is a family run hotel and award winning freehouse inn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with stunning views of the bay. Local produce is used for its dishes which can be eaten al-fresco on a deck overlooking the sea, sand and surf or in the restaurant.
The Bay View Inn, Widemouth Bay, Bude, EX23 0AW T: 01288 361273
8. Haunted Happening – take part in a Paranormal Investigation night at the Jamaica Inn, made famous in Daphne du Maurier’s novel. On Bodmin Moor, it is described by historians as Cornwall’s most famous smuggling inn and it has been described as one of the most haunted pubs too. The pub has teamed up with Haunted Happenings, a ghost hunting company, to organise the the overnight ghost hunt and supper for November 3 and December 15. Cost is £69. Booking early is recommended.
Jamaica Inn, Bolventor, Launceston, PL15 7TS T: 01566 86250
9. Beach bonfire – Bonfire and Fireworks Night 2012 on Carbis Bay Beach takes place on November 4. The Carbis Bay Residents’ Association party is sponsored by Carbis Bay Holidays. There will also be a barbecue, mulled wine, teas, coffees, doughnuts, candyfloss and sweets.
Carbis Bay Holidays, Riverside, St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, near St Ives, TR26 2RT T: 0800 012 2241
10. Create a Guy – A penny for a guy used to be a common cry in the lead up to November 5 and Lankelly Fowey Rugby Football Club is maintaining the tradition with children encouraged to create an original guy for the annual fireworks and bonfire night on November 3. Age categories are five to eight, nine to 12 and 13 to 16. Gates open at 6pm, Guy judging at 7pm, firelighting at 7.30pm with fireworks 7.45pm. Adults £3.50, children £2.50 and a family ticket £10. Under fives free.
Lankelly-Fowey RFC, Lankelly Farm, Lankelly Lane, Fowey, PL23 1HN TL 07812 022354