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Whether seeking a calming Autumnal break or a spooky holiday full of thrills and chills, you’ll discover a host of Halloween events in Cornwall this October half term in 2021!

Not just a high season destination, a Cornwall holiday cottage makes an ideal spot for a family getaway in October. Make your break even more exciting by tying in a host of Halloween half term activities that you and your little ones are sure to find thrilling!

Amidst exploring the fantastic beaches, rocky headlands and rolling moorlands, pick from a host of things to do in Cornwall for families.

We’ve picked out some of the best things to do in the October half term for you to choose from and add to your itinerary. From scenic and spooky adventure trails to magical moments and museums, there’s something for everyone.

Read on to find out 9 of the best things to do in October half term 2021 in Cornwall…


1. The Headland, Newquay

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Celebrate Cornwall October half term 2021 with a spooky trip to The Headland in Newquay. This beautiful hotel is famous as the hotel featured in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’.

Take afternoon tea with a witchy twist! Devour white chocolate and coconut mice before enjoying chocolate witches’ hats with pumpkin mousse.

Little ones can meet the Grand High Witch herself, embark on the Black Cat Hunt, carve pumpkins and hear spooky storytelling! Grown ups can celebrate their Halloween in Cornwall with spooktacular cocktails and pumpkin spiced lattés.

Booking is essential.


2. Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle near Tintagel

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Although worth visiting at any time of year, the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle is a must-visit during the Cornwall half term 2021.

Explore this fascinating independent museum housing exhibits around folk magic, Wicca, Freemasonry and many more magical cultures from around the world. You can purchase magical merchandise from their shop too!

Booking is essential.


3. Bodmin Jail, Bodmin

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Definitely one of the must-see Halloween events in Cornwall, Bodmin Jail is the ultimate scary spectacle!

Experience their ‘Dark Walk’ attraction by day and be transported into the horrors of 18th and 19th century prison life.

For truly hair-raising hysteria, over 18s can embark on the ‘After Dark Experience’ by night if you dare. This all-night paranormal journey is on a whole other level to the usual ghost hunting tours in Cornwall.

Along with the Scary Cinema, private tours and the Bodmin Jail Hotel, there’s plenty to get eerily excited about. A visit to Bodmin Jail is certainly one of the best things to do in Cornwall in October.

Booking is essential.


4. National Trust’s Antony House, Torpoint near Kingsand

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The scenic 18th century house and grounds of the National Trust’s Antony House offers plenty of fun things to do in Cornwall for families in the October half term.

Let the Autumn leaves crunch beneath your shoes on the Pumpkin Hunt! Follow clues and crack the code, designed for adults and children alike.

Help your little ones build a den or make a magic wand. Purchase an activity pack to keep everyone entertained or simply soak up the Autumnal scenery.


5. National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth

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Walk among the mystery monsters of the deep in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall at their Halloween At The Museum event!

This October half term in Cornwall 2021 can see you and your little ones get dressed up in your Halloween costumes for a torch-lit trail around the museum.

Enjoy tricks and treats, along with finding ‘spooky sea spirits’ hidden around the museum. Check out the museum’s Monsters of the Deep exhibit, combining science, legend and folklore to provide an interactive experience – an educational Halloween half term activity!

Booking is essential.


6. Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

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This English Heritage attraction offers plenty of Cornwall activities for families, including Halloween happenings!

Head here during your half term Cornwall 2021 escape and enjoy The Wizards of Once Halloween Quest at Pendennis Castle. This brand new adventure trail is inspired by the bestselling children’s novel series by Cressida Cowell.

Come along in your best fancy dress for the chance to win a prize, and watch your little witches and wizards uncover ingredients for spells and much more magic!

Booking is essential.


7. Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

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Halloween half term activities in Cornwall don’t come much better than Heligan Halloween Tricks & Treats!

Hosted at the ever popular Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the best things to do in West Cornwall, there’s plenty to discover.

Learn spellbinding circus tricks with the Pokya Circus Troupe, from poi and diabolo to juggling and unicycle! Come face to face with beautiful owls and learn what tricks they use to hunt for their treats from the dedicated Owl Sanctuary staff.

Toast marshmallows around the warming fire pit while a spooky story is told. And enter the Heligan Halloween Carving competition!

Booking is essential.


8. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

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Among the many October half term things to do, why not enjoy a unique theatrical experience? Of course we’re talking about Cornwall’s famous Minack Theatre, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in South West Cornwall.

Not quite Halloween themed but certainly ghoulish and gruesome is the fantastic ‘Horrible Histories – Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians’ live on stage! Book your tickets for belly laughs and brilliantly grisly history.

Booking is essential.


9. Camel Creek Adventure Park, near Wadebridge

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Halloween at Camel Creek is one of the best things to do in October half term for Halloween in Cornwall.

Camel Creek offers plenty of activities for families in Cornwall, with fun rides to enjoy around every corner as well as animal encounters! If you visit during Halloween, expect new scare zones, Trick or Treat, and lots more spooky, special activities!

Booking is essential.


It’s not just Halloween half term activities you can look forward to. Cornwall is bursting with amazing experiences, from the best boat trips in Cornwall to scenic Cornish castles, and amazing Cornish walks!

Secure your stay in a fabulous holiday cottage this October Half Term in Cornwall with Cornish Cottage Holidays!


Image credits: Chris Allen – CC BY-SA 2.0; Steve Parker – CC BY 2.0.