Halloween in Cornwall 2022: 13 spook-tacular events


Mwahahahaha. On 31 October 2022, it’s Halloween in Cornwall. Well, it’s Halloween everywhere but we at Proper Cornwall are only concerned with bringing you a spine-tingling flavour of the many spooky events and happenings taking place across the Duchy in the lead-up to 31 October and on the night of horrors itself (plus a post-Halloween party too). All Hallows’ Eve is always a special time in Cornwall, not least because of the traditional festival of Allantide that also takes place on 31 October. This event is considered by many people as a local version of Halloween as it focuses on sweet apples, love and, of course, ghosts and superstition. But these days, it’s frequently rolled into the whole Halloween tradition. So don’t go trick or treating this year. Head to one of these awesome 13 events, whether you’re a family with kids looking for spooky activities over the October half-term or you’re an adult looking for some creepy fun. Prepare to be scared. Be very scared as you, your friends and your family get a spooky taste of these Halloween events in Cornwall for 2022…

The Witches Afternoon Tea at The Headland

Date: 1-31 October 2022 (every day in October but the Grand High Witch only visits on select days)
Location: The Headland Cornwall, off Headland Road and overlooking Fistral BeachNewquay
 Spooky afternoon dining event in a hotel that’s famous for witches (thanks to an awesome ’90s film!)
Suitable for: Families, kids and diners who want a frighteningly good time with some quality food
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 5/10. This event is more about the grub and the witchy atmosphere than any actual frights, so it’s perfect for kids, especially when the Grand High Witch is there. Click ‘Read More’ to find out when that old crone appears…

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Dead Days Tours at Bodmin Jail

Date: Every Monday and Tuesday in October and November 2022
Location: Bodmin Jail, Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin
Type: A frankly quite uneasy tour that covers Victorian Spiritualism and contacting the dead
Suitable for: Anyone older than 16 who wants a freaky, fascinating Halloween-esque experience at Bodmin Jail
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 8/10. Anything that involves the magic ingredients of Victorian Spiritualism, communicating with the dead and the thrilling attraction that is Bodmin Jail has to be pretty damn spooky! Click on the ‘Read More’ for all the gory details…

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Hauntlands Screamfest adults and kids events at Heartlands

Date: Saturday 22 October 2022
Location: Heartlands, Dudnance Lane, Pool, near Redruth
Type: In the day: spooky kids’ Halloween party event. At night: devilish adults’ Halloween party event
Suitable for: Phantoms, spectres and demons at night. Kids with their mummies in the day
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 5/10 for then kids’ event as there’ll be some spooky surprises for the kids but not so heart-stopping. But rack that up to 8/10 for the adults at night when a ‘dark maze’ takes centre stage of the party-and-DJ event

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Halloween Half Term at Flambards

Date: Saturday 22-Sunday 30 October 2022
Location: Flambards, Clodgey Lane, Helston
Type: A phantom-load of spooky half-term Halloween activities for kids and families at the theme park
Suitable for: Kids and families looking for a thrilling half term experience with ‘a few tricks and plenty of treats’
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 7/10. Halloween events in Cornwall don’t come spookier than this. Well, actually they do, but for kids, you can’t go wrong with Flambards Halloween 2022, which comes with a ‘Pumpkin Trail’, a Halloween ‘Fireworks Spooktacular’ on Wednesday 26 October (with extended opening hours, rides in the dark and family entertainment!) and the attraction’s first-ever Halloween Parade

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Halloween Half Term at Pendennis Castle

Date: Saturday 22-Sunday 30 October 2022
Location: Pendennis Castle, Castle Drive, Falmouth
Type: A ‘Beano’ characters-meets Halloween-meets historic castle-meets creepy mystery-meets half-term for kids event!
Suitable for: Little imps and their families. Especially little sleuths who love the ‘Beano’ comic
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 7/10. This rating is on a kid’s scale as a pretty ghoulish half term awaits for the little monsters at the famous castle. Join Dennis, Gnasher and their pals as they try to ‘solve creepy clues’ on a ‘fun family quest’ around the grounds, with costumed performers dressed in grisly garb along the way. Enjoy a top Halloween for kids in Cornwall here!

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Halloweden 2022

Date: Saturday 22-Sunday 30 October 2022
Location: Eden Project, Bodelva, Par (5km from St Austell)
Type: An ‘all-new Halloweden adventure’ at the monster tourist attraction
Suitable for: Families who can stay at the attraction ‘late into the night’ so they can follow a trail of magical lanterns… if they dare…
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 7/10. Again, a kid’s rating for sure as Halloweden 2022 is aimed at young frankensteins and their families over half-term. It can get spooky though as the sun sets and the path through the rainforest is lit only by those lanterns…

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Spooktacular Half Term at Paradise Park

Date: Saturday 22-Sunday 30 October 2022
Location: Paradise Park and JungleBarn, Tresillian Road, Hayle
Type: A ‘Spooktacular creepy half-term’ is promised at this animal and kids play attraction
Suitable for: Kids and families who want to experience the ‘Pumpkin Trail’, the Halloween lights in the Jungle Express Train tunnel and the scary dinosaurs and skeletons lurking around the animal park
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 7/10 for those who like creepy crawlies. 11/10 for those who don’t as Mark’s Ark brings in ‘creepy crawly wildlife encounters’ from 10am on select days. Also spot the ‘Dracula parrot’ as it dines on blood mwahahahaha (or bird food, at least…)

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Halloween Maze of Horrors

Date: Saturday 29 October 2022
Location: Cornish Maize Maze and Fun Farm, Smeaton Farm, Pillaton, Saltash
Type: A Halloween Horror Maze in a real field maize maze with ‘scare scenes’ along the way and a barbecue at the end (if you make it…)
Suitable for: Well, not the faint-hearted, at least…
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 9/10. There are few things scarier than walking for around for 15 minutes in a dark maze with fire jugglers and ‘scare actors’ at every turn… (plus don’t miss the pumpkin picking option at the attraction on select days between 15 and 30 October). Book your tickets to the 29 October maze well in advance though!

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The Dark Gathering in Boscastle

Date: Saturday 29 October 2022, from 2pm
Location: Upper overflow car park, Boscastle, near Tintagel
Type: Afternoon and night of dark garb, dance, music, folklore and horse skulls
Suitable for: Anyone who loves spooky folklore traditions, the occult and Halloween in general
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 8/10. Loads of people holding skulls and wearing spooky garb in Boscastle? Yeah, that’s scary. But, in reality, this is a fun, warm and welcoming event. However, it is ticket-only so get yours fast! Click the ‘Read More’ for more details…

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National Maritime Museum Spooky Walk

Date: Monday 31 October 2022
Location: National Maritime Museum, Discovery Quay, Falmouth
Type: Free Halloween event for kids and families with ‘tricks, treats and tales’ in the museum from 11am to 6pm
Suitable for: Youngsters who are dressed as ghouls and ghosts and who want to explore the museum ‘under the cover of darkness’
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 6/10 and rising, depending on how young you may be. Actually, it’s all good fun, with spooky stories for under-5s, mask and wand-making workshops and a pumpkin trail. Also look out for other spooky events at the museum, such as the ‘Shivery Timbers’ song and puppet performances that take place in the half-term week leading up to Halloween

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Allantide Piskie Making at Wheal Martyn

Date: Monday 31 October 2022
Location: Wheal Martyn, off the B3274, Carthew, near St Austell
Type: Allantide piskie workshops for kids and families in the china clay attraction from 11am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm
Suitable for: Youngsters who want to make little piskies out of china clay and enjoy some storytelling about them
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 2/10. Not too spooky unless your kid freaks out at Cornish piskies! But this isn’t meant to be a ghoulish event anyway. It’s more geared towards teaching rugrats about the traditional Cornish festival of Allantide that’s celebrated at Halloween. Also look out for many other Allantide-related activities for kids and families at the attraction over half-term and around Halloween

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St Austell Zombie Walk

Date: Monday 31 October 2022
Location: Market House, Market Street, St Austell (and the parade covers much of the town!)
Type: An ‘amazing evening of Halloween fun’ at Market House and Cornwall’s most awesome Halloween parade around the town
Suitable for: Little devils, big zombies and everyone scary and spooky in between
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 10/10 (if the sight of zombies walking towards you on a Cornish street terrifies you!). In terms of effort, this is the big one. Live music, craft stalls, kids entertainment, dance performances, games and gaming, all Halloween-themed and all built around the Zombie Walk parade around St Austell from 8pm that ends in a mass ‘Thriller’ dance. Ghoulish costumes are highly advised!

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The Halloween Ball 2022 at Flambards

Date: Saturday 5 November 2022
Location: ‘Los Flambardos’ or, as we know it, Flambards, Clodgey Lane, Helston
Type: Halloween ball with dance music, DJs and an awesome atmosphere
Suitable for: Phantoms who love to party!
Proper Cornwall fright rating: 5/10. There may be some ghoulish behaviour going on but this monster’s ball is more about the tunes, the DJs and the vibe. Sure, it’s a week after Halloween but we think the event (another at Flambards!) rounds off our list well. Want to hit the party? Then get your tickets now and have an utter scream on the edge of Helston!