Halloween season is upon us, and Cornwall is the perfect place to embrace the spooky spirit. With its rich history, eerie landscapes, and chilling tales, Cornwall offers an unforgettable Halloween experience. Here are five spooky things to do in Cornwall this Halloween in places that offer good accessibility, complete with our Access Cornwall guides.
Located in the heart of Cornwall, Bodmin Jail is a former 18th-century prison with a dark and grim history. This Halloween, why not dare to explore the eerie cells, dark corridors, and haunted tales of this ominous structure? The jail offers special tours where you can delve into its spine-tingling history, complete with ghost stories and paranormal investigations. Be prepared to encounter the restless spirits of past inmates who met gruesome fates within these chilling walls.
Tours run daily until October 31st. Find out more here: www.bodminjail.org/whats-on/halloween/
You can also checkout some ghost hunting at the jail by our very own Jayne Mortimer who also runs Wheely Haunted on her YouTube channel:
Situated on the windswept moors of Bodmin, Jamaica Inn is a historical pub famous for its association with smugglers and tales of the supernatural. The inn is said to be haunted by the ghostly presence of former patrons and restless spirits. Enjoy a meal or a drink here and keep an eye out for ghostly apparitions. You might just have a chilling encounter of your own. Experience weekly ghost hunts and murder mystery events throughout the year.
Find out more here: www.jamaicainn.co.uk
Perched on the cliffs of Porthcurno, there is this unique open-air venue overlooking the ocean. The Minack have done a lot of work to make their beautiful cliffside theatre accessible in recent years. This Halloween, it transforms into a hauntingly beautiful setting for performances of Shivers and Shadows performed by Squashbox Theatre . Combine dramatic storytelling with the eerie cliffside backdrop for a memorable evening of entertainment.
Click here to book: www.minack.com/whats-on/shivers-and-shadows
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are not just known for their beauty but also for their haunting history. The Melon Garden, in particular, is said to be haunted. This year Heligan join them for The story of the Giant Halloween pumpkin, a carved pumpkin Trail like you’ve never seen before.
Book tickets and find out more here:
If you still need a pumpkin Trevaskis Farm ‘cemetery’ is open offering a lovely pumpkin patch complete with spooky scaregrows and gravestones. There are some undercover areas in the polytunnels, but do be aware that some of the pathways around the farm can become tricky for wheelchairs or walking sticks and frames when the weather gets bad and the team suggest you call ahead if you have any concerns. A lovely atmosphere to be enjoyed, and our young neurodiverse families have had a wonderful time. Also and you can stop for the autumnal menu in their lovely cafe.
So, if you’re looking for a Halloween experience that combines history, folklore, and a touch of the supernatural, Cornwall is the place to be. Embrace the spooky season and create memories that will send shivers down your spine.
If you have any accessible places to go or activities to share we’d love to hear them…