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Jack O'Lanterns in cemetery with spooky full moon

Bats, black cats and broomsticks will get your knees knocking and your heart thumping in the wonderfully witchy West Country…

Come to the West Country this half-term to do the monster mash. Bake your bogey buns to treat the little ones, let your artistic side go grisly with a pumpkin and don’t forget to pack those creepy costumes for a haunting holiday. Many attractions are bringing their Halloween events forward to coincide with the school holiday and there’s a whole lot of spine-chilling fun and frightening going on. Here are a few we’re flying off to with knee-trembling trepidation, but wherever you rattle your bones this half-term there will be something spooky afoot to curdle your blood.

Halloween Events in Devon

Gruffts, Pennywell

19th to 27th October

It’s all go-at the Pennywell farm goat show. Vote for your favourite breed, see their skills on the agility course and take your own Pennywell goat for a walk. It’s all treats and no tricks at the much loved family attraction.  There are farm rides, a show every half hour and very happy children.

brown goat

Coleton Fishacre Torchlit Guided Walk

25th October

A fairly tough four mile route starting from Kingswear and following the South West Coast Path around Coleton Fishacre and Froward Point, this is a brilliant event for adults, teenagers and dogs on leads. Carry your own flaming torch and hope for panoramic moonlit views of Torbay, South Devon and Dartmoor. Don’t forget to sign up for the Challenge.

Kents Cavern

19th October – 3rd November

These eerie underground caves come into their own at Halloween, with cave tours, the Witch’s Hat joke trail, Spooky Dig and the Underground Pumpkin Hunt. Follow the storyteller as they unearth local folklore about ghostly experiences in South Devon by dim lighting and candles, but beware… you never know who may appear from the dark.

Kents Cavern cave system in Torquay, Devon

Halloween at Powderham!

20th October – 1st November

Experience a ghoulish Halloween at this historic castle. Take a guided tour of the castle and unearth its spooky and hidden tales of the past. From the 20th – 25th October join in with pumpkin carving classes.

Pumpkin Fest, Strawberry Fields

19th – 27th October

This is a lovely place to stop off if you’re travelling through Devon to Cornwall, within easy reach of the A30 and serving great home cooked food (with a pumpkin themed menu). This Halloween you can pick your own pumpkins, carve them and take a mysterious ride on the pumpkin trailer. There is also a grand draw for Children in Need with tickets to be drawn on 27th October.

Several pumpkins in a sunlit field

Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project

For something a little more serene, why not take a bat detector and head out on a clear night for some conversation with our winged friends. Children are thrilled to hear the high frequency clicks and spot a shadow flitting overhead. Until the end of October the Bat Project is lending detectors and they simply ask that you share your encounters for their survey helping the Greater Horseshoe Bats to survive.

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Halloween events in Cornwall

Halloweden, The Eden Project

19th October – 3rd November

Chances are you’ve never seen creepy crawlies like these! At the cryptid petting zoo get up close with some extremely rare and highly unusual animals. Cool down afterwards with a spin on the  ice skating rink or refresh with your own made pumpkin juice potion.

Eden Project domes underneath rolling clouds

Flambards’ Firework Spectacular

23rd October

The family theme park is always full of thrills, but this half-term it gets even better with spine-tingling rides and a spooky pumpkin trail in the creepy Victorian Village. The evening culminates with an amazing fireworks display and a George Michael tribute show.

Torchlight trail, Tintagel Old Post Office

19th October – 3rd November

It’s very much a case of trick for treat. Using a UV torch, search this 600 year old farmhouse to uncover scary symbols hidden in the dark. Solve the clues to win yourself a bag of goodies. Runs from 11am – 3pm.

Tintagel Old Post Office

Fright Night at Pendennis Castle

25th and 26th October

Another fascinating English Heritage site, but beware the spirit of Henry VIII within his coastal fortress. Take the eerie evening tour for an after-hours journey back into the castle’s creepy past and relive tales of ghostly apparitions and dastardly deeds. Not suitable for the faint-hearted!

Take a look at our Cornwall cottages for ideas on where to stay.

Halloween events in Somerset

Halloween at Wookey Hole

26th October – 3rd November

With their claim to be the ‘home of Halloween’, the caves are sure to make your heart miss a beat. You can ride a broomstick, meet the witch in her cobwebby grotto, watch the Halloween circus show and be in with a chance of winning the spooky costume competition. Just make sure you can find your way out…

Boat in Wookey Hole caves

School of Magic Trail and Ghost Tours

19th October – 3rd November

The National Trust hilltop castle at Dunster is always atmospheric, but this Halloween there is the added bonus of magic and wizardry. Follow the trail around the grounds to discover hidden mythical beasts. It all gets a bit spookier at dusk when a guide will regale you with tales of castle ghosts through the candlelit rooms. Ghost tours take place on the 19th, 26th and 30th October.

Halloween Fun with the Exmoor Ponies

24th and 31st October

Trot along to the Exmoor Pony Centre between 12pm and 3pm to meet the beautiful Exmoor ponies and follow the Halloween trail. Complete the trail and win a prize.  You can also groom the ponies, take a ride, make crafts and enjoy some fine refreshments.

Two Exmoor ponies eating grass

Enjoy a half-term to remember in one of our Somerset holiday cottages.

Halloween events in Dorset

Halloween Half Term, Forde Abbey

23rd October – 3rd November

There’s a spine-tingling week of Halloween fun in the grounds of the 900 year old Abbey, with a haunted trail, pumpkin rolling and family activities to get your pulse racing. It’s a beautiful time of year to explore the gardens and enjoy a delicious selection of cakes and light lunches in the undercroft tearoom.

View of Forde Abbey and Great Pond

The Enchanted Illuminations, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

31st October – 2nd November

These gardens are beautiful in the daytime, but they are truly magical, and a little mysterious, when illuminated at dusk. The family fright nights bring you a special laser show, close encounters with bugs and snakes and a meeting with Twitch the Witch – if you are brave enough.

Corfe Castle

26th October – 3rd November

Bring your teddy to the ancient ruins for a bit of comfort, but squeeze him tight or he may be whisked away down the scary zip wire challenge. Dodge the lurking pumpkins and witness the mighty Warwolf II, the castle trebuchet, flinging medieval terror at 11.30am and 3pm.

Corfe Castle surrounded by mist

Ascarium, Sealife Weymouth

12th October – 3rd November

Dive into the deep to follow the trail throughout the aquarium and find the missing potion ingredients. Deliver your findings to the sea witch who will reward you with a prize. Get involved in a game of trick or treat, learn about all of the sea creatures and enjoy lots of other activities.

For somewhere special to stay view our holiday cottages in Dorset.