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Make this October half term 2021 in Devon or Dorset special with some spooktacular Halloween family days out in the South West.

From treetop challenges after dark to magical pantomimes, an October half term in Dorset will be full of exciting entertainment.

If you’re spending Halloween in Devon, October half term will see you picking pumpkins and visiting ferocious felines at the zoo!

Pick from a host of family days out in the South West this October during a self-catering stay to Devon, or a retreat to a Dorset holiday cottage.

Read on to find out our favourite things to do in the October half term 2021 in Dorset and Devon…


Halloween Events in Devon


Halloween Half Term Fun at Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, Torquay

Kents Caves Prehistoric Cavern in Torquay Devon

Enjoy Halloween in Torquay at these eerie underground caves at Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves! This October half term in Devon, bring the family to an exciting adventure underground with a spooky twist.

Head on a hunt for hidden pumpkins for a Halloween prize, hear ghostly stories, and enjoy a tour of this amazing, natural attraction in Devon.


Pumpkin Fest – Strawberry Fields, Liftondown near Roadford Lake

pumpkin picking patch.

One of the perfect things to do in Devon in October is definitely Pumpkin Fest at Strawberry Fields!

Located in West Devon, this family day out in the South West will see you pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving and decorating, enjoying magic shows, and tucking into ice cream and hot food.


All Hallows’ Eve at St Nicholas Priory, Exeter

st nicholas priory exeter devon.

Enjoy a unique and eerie atmosphere this Halloween in Exeter’s oldest building, St Nicholas Priory.

Halloween events in Exeter don’t come much better than an evening tour around what was once a home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years.

The final day of the pagan year sees all the spirits come out to play, so head to this historic and maybe even haunted attraction for a fascinating but frightening outing.


Crealy Theme Park & Resort, near Topsham

Crealy Theme Park and Resort train ride.

Enjoy days out with the kids in the South West at Crealy Theme Park & Resort this Halloween in Devon!

Included in your theme park ticket price are a host of spooky attractions, live shows and entertainment!

Find your way around the Scarecrow Scare Maze, meet the troublesome witches along the Haunting of the Wilderness trail, Escape the Creaky Hotel, and watch the Book of Spells Live Show.

Every child can pick up a free Crealy pumpkin from Pumpkin Patch’s Plot too!


Halloween at Paignton Zoo, Paignton

Lion roaring in Paignton Zoo.

Enjoy spooky season at this Paignton Zoo Halloween special! Offering plenty of fun this October half term in Devon, Paignton Zoo will play host to a free Wizard Workshop.

Children can make their own spooky spell book to take home. Come along in fancy dress and watch the fang-tastic talks outside the animal enclosures.


Halloween Fayre, Dartmouth

A street in Dartmouth, Devon

Visit Dartmouth’s Halloween Fayre and contribute to a great cause this October half term in Devon.

This Dartmouth Halloween event is in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. Pick up sweet treats and cakes, crafts, books, jewellery and more at the array of stalls, with all proceeds going to the charity.


Canonteign Falls, Dartmoor

Canonteign Falls waterfall in Dartmoor National Park in Devon

Enjoy Halloween in Devon exploring the beautiful Dartmoor National Park at one of its most popular attractions. Canonteign Falls is a scenic, private estate home to the highest waterfall in the South West.

During your Devon October half term in 2021, walk the special Halloween trail amidst scenic lakes, cascading waterfalls and picturesque scenery. If your little ones come in fancy dress, you’ll be in with a chance to win a day ticket for 2022 too!


Halloween Week at Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Combe Martin near Ilfracombe

Allosaurus dinosaur statue in Dinosaur park

If you’re seeking things to do with the kids in the South West, head to North Devon’s Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park.

This fantastic North Devon attraction is great at any time of year, but if you visit during spooky season, your little ones can enjoy the pumpkin trail, the Halloween decorations and Terrifying Tomb of Pharaohs!

The park is home to fearsome friends like lions and leopards, as well as wolves, penguins, and sea lions, making a perfect day out with the kids in the South West.


Halloween Events in Dorset


Ascarium at Sea Life Weymouth, Weymouth

Child and woman in aquarium looking at fish

Back for 2021 is this fantastic Weymouth Halloween event; Ascarium at Sea Life Weymouth!

Join the Sea Witch this October half term in Weymouth and help her find her missing ingredients in her lair and around the aquarium.

Children are sure to love the activity trail with treasure hunt style activities, visual games and a treat at the end!


Halloween Spooktacular at Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

Weymouth Pavilion with a view of the beach, sea and pier.

Adding to the list of Halloween events in Weymouth is the Halloween Spooktacular at Weymouth Pavilion.

Follow a mind-blowing Halloween adventure in this hilarious, rib-tickling pantomime with audience participation welcomed!

Making a great family day out in the South West, Halloween Spooktacular is sure to be a hit this October half term in Dorset.


Halloween Fun at the Fort, Nothe Fort, Weymouth

View from the sea of Nothe Fort in Weymouth, Dorset

The historic Nothe Fort in Weymouth is offering a host of things to do in Dorset in October with your little ones!

Halloween Fun at the Fort is putting on fang-tastic activities like slime making workshops, School of Spells, a hunt for bats around the fort and exploring the famous ghost tunnels.

Catch their family-fun comedy show, Twitch the Witch, too for more Weymouth halloween fun!


Haunted Halloween Garden Trail at Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster

Mapperton House sunken gardens in Beaminster, Dorset.

Explore the spine-chilling Mapperton Gardens’ Halloween Haunted Garden Trail during your October half term in Dorset!

All ages will love this family day out in the South West, exploring the picturesque gardens along the Halloween Garden Trail. Come upon clues as you go and find the many spooky areas within the grounds!

Don’t forget to come along in fancy dress too!


Halloween Bash with The Skalatans, The Market House Inn, Bridport

Four adults at Halloween party drinking cocktails

Celebrate Halloween in Dorset in the beautiful town of Bridport near Dorset’s coast.

This Halloween Bash at The Market House Inn has live music from The Skalatans followed by a DJ. Enjoy the interactive games, costume prizes and tasty banquets on offer!


Spooktacular Half Term at Tunnel Tree Tops, Charmouth

Young girl on tree tops rope course viewed from below.

Take on the terrifying Tunnel Tree Tops this Halloween in Dorset, located in the seaside town of Charmouth.

Arrive at Tunnel Tree Tops after dark to traverse the high ropes challenge with a head torch to guide you, if you dare…

It’s a great day out in the South West for couples and thrill-seekers at any time of year but why not make it extra special and spooky!


In between enjoying all these great things to do with the kids in the South West, why not explore the beautiful coastline at the best beaches in the South West?

Discover some of Devon’s best gardens for a peaceful day out admiring the Autumnal scenery and colour palette this October half term in Devon.

If you’re spending the October half term in Dorset, you can head in search of family friendly Dorset attractions in the footsteps of the Famous Five. Perfect if you’re all screamed and scared out from Halloween!

Enjoy these Halloween events in the South West and secure your stay at a holiday cottage in Devon or Dorset with Helpful Holidays.


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