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Halloween in Devon: frightful events for families 2019

If you’re looking for the spookiest events happening this Halloween in Devon then take a look at our guide to frightening goings on over October half term 2019.

And if you can face it, why not plan a bit further ahead to Christmas? I’ve got a round up of what’s on in Devon this Christmas to get you in the festive mood.

October half term in Devon 2019

Whether you enjoy the thrill of being frightened or prefer something a little less freaky and a lot more fun there’s plenty happening around Devon during the October school holidays to entertain the whole family. We’ve listed them in the South, East, North and West to help you find what’s happening near you this Halloween in Devon:

Halloween in South Devon

Kents Cavern

As if Kent’s Cavern isn’t spooky enough already, during half term you can follow a story teller underground to hear South Devon folklore in a special Halloween show. Be prepared for ghostly appearances during the candle lit experience. If that sounds a bit too much for your family then there’s also a pumpkin hunt in the caves and a bat trial in the woodland garden throughout half term. Dress up if you dare!

Find out more about Halloween at Kents Cavern on its website. Book the Halloween ghost tour in advance.

Woodlands Family Adventure Park

There’s a jam-packed programme of Halloween fun at Woodlands during October half term. Meet the resident monster, Marty, in his eerie manor (additional charge); have a boogie at Marty’s Monster Disco; carve pumpkins; and take part in spooky activities with Ezmerelda, the wicked witch of Woodlands. Dress up if you dare!

Find out more about Halloween at Woodlands on its website. Book your entrance tickets online in advance for a discount.

Torquay Dinosaur World

It’s not just the dinosaurs that will be giving you a fright at Dinosaur World this October half term. Take part in the Halloween trail to win a prize and visit after 3.30pm for a torch lit tour of the exhibition including ghost stories and an audience with the new baby T Rex exhibit.

Find out more about Halloween at Torquay Dinosaur World on its website.

Paignton Zoo

The zoo’s scariest residents will be stepping things up during the Halloween half term. Find out more about them in a series of frightening talks throughout the week. You can also have a go at the trick or treat trail (additional charge), ride the ghost train and create your own slime.

Find out more about Halloween at Paignton Zoo on its website.

Living Coasts

There’s been a murder at Living Coasts and they need the help of young super sleuths to unravel the mystery. If you take up the challenge there will also be spooky talks at the bird and animal enclosures.

Find out more about Halloween at Living Coasts on its website.

Powderham Castle

Prepare yourself for a potions masterclass at Powderham Castle this October half term. The Pocketwatch Theatre will be leading the class so come dressed for your part in this fun production. There will also be plenty of Halloween crafts and games to entertain young witches and wizards during their visit.

Find out more about Halloween at Powderham Castle on its website.

Halloween in East Devon

Crealy Adventure Park & Resort

There’s a host of fearsome activities on at Crealy during October half term with some a little scarier than others. For a bit of light hearted Halloween fun you can visit the tree house trolls in their enchanted woodland, carve your own pumpkin and test your navigation skills around the new scare crow maze. For the truly fearsome (recommend for over eight-year-olds), there’s the Creaky Hotel with plenty of frightening discoveries to be made.

Find out more about Halloween at Crealy Adventure Park on its website.

The Bear Trail

Can you help defeat the zombie hoard at The Bear Trail or will you end up infected by the undead? This special Halloween assault course promises to be fun for all ages – just expect to get muddy! We know from experience.

Find out more about Halloween at The Bear Trail on its website.


Ride the ghost train and join in extra Halloween entertainment this October half term. If you turn up in fancy dress there will even be a special (trick or) treat for you in the Garden Room Restaurant.

Find out more about Halloween at Pecorama on its website. 

Seaton Tramway

Ride the Tram of Terror at Seaton Tramway if you dare! Gruesome drivers are taking over the route from Seaton to Colyton this October half term and will be entertaining passengers with Halloween games and activities, Baddie Bags for each child and revolting refreshments.

Find out more about Halloween on Seaton Tramway on its website. 20 October 2018 only. Booking essential.

The Donkey Sanctuary

There will be pumpkin carving, a Trick or Treat Trail and the Bat Beacon at The Donkey Sanctuary this half term. Entry to the Sanctuary is free and it’s a lovely day out in itself. Trails cost £3 each which includes a prize on completion. Pumpkins also cost £3 each to carve and take home.

Find out more about Halloween at The Donkey Sanctuary on it’s website. 

Halloween in North Devon

The Big Sheep

Family-friendly frights will be happening throughout October half term at The Big Sheep. Visit the haunted house, carve a pumpkin and learn to fly on witches broomsticks. As if that wasn’t enough there’s also a haunted hayride and a pantomime during the days. By night The Big Sheep has something a whole lot more freaky in mind. As darkness falls the Field of Screams comes alive with beasties and ghouls coming back from the dead to terrify visitors. This part of the day isn’t for the faint-hearted!

Find out more about Halloween at The Big Sheep on its website.

The Milky Way

Dress in your finest Halloween costumes and enrol in the School for Witches and Wizards at The Milky Way at October half term. Learn to cast spells, ride broomsticks and make magic potions. There will be a fancy dress competition and a Halloween themed show.

Find out more about Halloween at The Milky Way on its website. Book online to save money on entry.

RHS Rosemoor

Take part in Room on the Broom themed workshops in which children can enjoy a screening of this well loved story and carve a pumpkin with Halloween characters in charge. Fancy dress is welcome. There’s an additional charge for this workshop.

Find out more about Halloween at RHS Rosemoor on its website. Workshop booking essential.

Halloween in West Devon

National Marine Aquarium

If ghosts and ghouls don’t keep you awake at night maybe the shadow of a shark passing overhead might? Join in Sleeping with Sharks at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth over October half term. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more about Halloween at The National Marine Aquarium on its website. Book in advance.

Dartmoor Zoo

Things are going to take a turn for the worst after dark at Dartmoor Zoo. From 4pm take part in a torch lit trick or treat trail, a fancy dress competition and have creepy close encounters with some of the zoo’s residents. From 7.30pm you can book to see a special screening of Hocus Pocus at the zoo.

Find out more about Halloween at Dartmoor Zoo on its website. Book the film screening in advance.

So, what creepy events take your fancy this Halloween? Whatever you get up to have a frightful half term!

What about other school holidays in Devon?

If you’re planning ahead to next year here are some more handy posts on things to do in Devon during other school holidays:

You’ll also find plenty of Devon inspiration in my big Devon family holiday guide.

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