Ideas for October half-term

There are some autumnal days and spooky ways to celebrate Hallow'een in and around the Plymouth area. There are pumpkin carvings, ghostly trails and events to get you ready for the scariest day of the year.

A picture of a girl clasping autumn leaves

Fun for families

Jumping in leaves, playing in puddles and sipping hot chocolate by the fire; there's plenty for everyone this autumn at the Abbey.

A little girl lies amongst orange autumn leaves

Saltram's autumn fun 

As well as the usual offerings of the playground, wide open spaces to run around and costumes to try on in the house. Saltram will have a pumpkin trail, autumnal themed hands on activities and spooky story telling.

Child with a pumpkin

Autumn fun at Cotehele

Wanted: families and children looking for spooky Hallowe’en fun during autumn half-term. If you see any, please send them to Cotehele where there are all sorts of sinister goings-on going on.

A serotine bat flying through the night sky

Learn about Lanhydrock's bats this half-term 

Find out about the different types of bats that live at Lanhydrock and discover how your super-skills compare to theirs.

Girl throwing fallen autumnal leaves over a lady's head

Autumn days

Say goodbye to summer, breathe in the crisp air and see what Antony has to offer this season. Take a welly walk in the garden, enjoy looking around a cosy family home and finish things off with a winter warmer in the tea-room.

Girl carefully hammers a nail into the birdbox at Lower Halsdon

Build a bird box at Polzeath 

Join National Trust rangers at the Tubestation in Polzeath and build a bird box that makes a cosy home for our feathery friends. Either take it home for your garden or help put it up in some coastal woodland nearby.

A large Hallowe'en spider at Tintagel Old Post Office

Hallowe'en at Tintagel Old Post Office

For spooky shenanigans this Hallowe'en half-term, 21-29 October, why not join us for Torchlight terrors?! Using your UV torch, uncover the scary symbols hidden in the dark places of the house. Solve the puzzle to win a bag of ghastly goodies. £2 per trail. Normal admission applies. The house is open 11am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm).


Moorland, woods, cycle trails, historic houses, gardens and coast are all close to this maritime city.