Top 8 Things to Do with Kids in Cornwall in October Half Term
October can be a fantastic time to take a family holiday or break in Cornwall: the crowds have packed up and gone home, leaving the beaches wonderfully calm and perfect for a spot of exploring and rock-pooling or a bracing walk…
But there are also heaps of exciting events and activities laid on at attractions around the region, many of them in October half-term and with a spooky Halloween theme. We’ve listed our favourites for October 2015 – but don't forget that our free crèches and kids' clubs also put on their own very special Halloween activities for the season for those enjoying themselves too much to venture out of our hotels.
Halloweden, Eden Project
A week of magical craft activities at this eco-attraction leads up to the Little Monsters' Ball on 31 October, including the Olive Grooveyard Disco, after-dark tours of the Rainforest Biome, potion making, visits by the Screech Owl Sanctuary, and even ice-skating on the winter rink. Book tickets well in advance.
Shriek Week, Newquay Zoo
A week of fun events including wand-making and pumpkin-carving culminates in the Zoo Boo Party on 31 October, with spooky storytelling and trick or treating around the animal enclosures. Again, tickets get snapped up fast – and fancy dress is obligatory.
Halloween, Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park
A packed week of activities and events include the chance to visit the Crealy Witch in her grotto, a pumpkin-carving competition, close-up encounters with residents of Crocodile Corner, games, magic shows and face painting – all accompanied by hot pumpkin soup, toffee apples and gingerbread biscuits. On 30 and 31 October, Moshi Monsters Katsuma and Poppet will also be doing the rounds.
Halloween Workshops, Trebah Garden
With its free entry for kids under 15, this subtropical paradise is offering free drop-in workshops (29 and 30 October) for junior visitors, including gruesome grub making.
Halloween, The Monkey Sanctuary
Half-term fun and games at this Looe venue with its 37 rescued monkeys and its bats and wildlife room include face-painting, ghost stories in the garden, treasure hunts and pumpkin treats in the Treetop Cafe.
Halloween Family Fun & Frights, Dairyland Farm World
The farm and its vast indoor play area comes over all spooky for the week, with a free pumpkin for each paying child to carve, plus other ghostly goings-on.
Spooky Garden Trail, Lanhydrock House
This gardens and parkland of this 19th-century stately home with its fascinating servants’ quarters can be explored this half term with the Nationa Trust’s seasonal trail, at the end of which kids will get a prize.
Halloween Disco, Paradise Park
The Hayle wildlife sanctuary is hosting a JungleBarn party including prizes for best fancy dress, plus home-made pumpkin soup and other Halloween food. The rest of half term will see penguin, otter and Fun Farm feeding sessions.
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