With the spooky season almost here, there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained this half term across Devon, thanks to the best ever selection of scary, fun and spooky surprises.
Devon’s Top Attractions will be transformed by all the ghoulish activities on offer, with bone-rattling, frightful fun for older children and more low-key Halloween hoots and pumpkin fun for the preschoolers – as well as a few terrifying events that are strictly for the grown-ups!
Some of the following events are week-long over half-term, and some are one-night-only specials – just follow the links for more details.
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Ghoulish fun for grownups
So scary that’s these are certainly only for big boys and girls … ‘movies by moonlight’ open air cinema screening of horror classic An American Werewolf in London at Wildwood Escot – bring warm clothing and a camping chair. Join a spooky night walk at Arlington Court and follow the tale, listen for bumps and shrieks in the night and see if you can spot the ghostly visitors. Exeter Cathedral is also offering a night time tour of the Cathedral with spooky stories … don’t forget to bring a torch! And The Big Sheep has a Scary by Night Festival with zombie zone and much more monstrous fun!
Haunted & historic
There’ll be Harry Potter themed fun at Exeter Cathedral on October 24, with Harry Potter crafts – or gather some friends and have a game of Quidditch! Take part in an underground pumpkin hunt at Kents Cavern, or follow the Pumpkin Trail at Killerton National Trust. Over at Canonteign Falls there’s another Halloween trail promising fearsomely good fun, or head to Becky Falls for some pumpkin carving and spooky craft activities. Head to Bygones for a Halloween hunt and spooky experience – solve the clues and a treat awaits you. A thrilling half term also awaits at Powderham Castle – at their ‘Snakes and Lanterns’ week you can even get a close encounter with a Dartmoor reptile!
Ride the ‘Beer Frights Ghost Train’ at Pecorama – there’ll be a spooky treat for all those in Halloween fancy dress. Further railway fun will be going on at the Devon Railway Centre – their week-long Halloween Special will include a pumpkin trail with Halloween treasure to discover. Climb aboard the South Devon Railway for their half term family fun week and a whole host of family activities: the Halloween Express runs for one night only on October 29, leaving bloodcurdling Buckfastleigh at 6.30pm for terrifying Totnes, where there’ll be trick or treat games, ghost stores and gruesome grub on offer. You could also ride the Halloween ‘Tram of Terror’ at Seaton Tramway – receive a ‘baddie bag’ (not a goodie bag!) and enjoy revolting refreshments at the Tramstop café!
Fun parks – or fear parks?
Head to Woodlands Family Theme Park this half term for a whole week of spooky activities and trick or treats, including Marty’s Monster disco on October 28 and mysterious surprises around Monster Manor. Visit The Big Sheep and enjoy their ‘Fun by day’ Halloween Festival, which includes a whole cauldron of spooky treats. Experience the daytime haunted hayride, lakeside train ride, haunted house, witches flying school and see the singing pumpkins. And there’ll be Halloween evenings for mini horrors over at Babbacombe Model Village when the village takes on a spooky twist.
Pennywell Farm has a week of ‘Jollyween activities’, turning October’s darkest day into light-hearted fun. There you can experience a full programme of pumpkin fun and hilarious activities to enjoy, and Marshall from Paw Patrol will be making his first appearance at Pennywell on October 27. If you’re a fan of the Clangers, then head to the Milky Way Adventure Park on October 23 to see Small Clanger, who’ll be making special appearances throughout the day.
Star Wars is coming to World of Country Life for a half term that’s out of this world, well as lots of ghostly goings on throughout the week. Visit Crealy if you dare…. and step inside their NEW Creaky Hotel! Walk through the rooms of this interactive spooky hotel where you’ll be guaranteed some spooktacular surprises – and each child visiting the park will receive a free pumpkin, picked fresh from Crealy’s fields.
And animal-lovers needn’t miss out … there’ll be a week-long creepy holiday hunt at the Donkey Sanctuary with lots of pumpkin carving and ghoulishly spooky face painting, and lots for your little monsters over at Miniature Pony Centre with a hair-raising week of Halloween treats and surprises.
Bonfires on the horizon …
And do remember Bonfire Night! Some attractions will be offering spectacular bonfire and fireworks displays – take a look here to see what’s planned.