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Halloween 2022: Our top things to do around Tavistock this October Half Term

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

The kids are out of school (what already?? we hear you cry) and whether you all enjoy the thrill of being frightened or are looking for something a little more sedate, there are plenty of great days out in and near Tavistock to keep the brood entertained this October half term.

Tavistock Halloween Trail .

Tavistock Town Centre always puts on a pretty ghoulish adventure for spook hunters. Weave your way around town looking for eerie houses and their occupants. Find and identify all 16 and you will earn your ghastly goody bag. What’s more there are games to play along the way that could earn you a £10 Tavistock Gift Card to spend in town. The best bit… it’s FREE to take part!

Dates: 22nd – 29th October (not Sunday 23rd).

Location: Tavistock Town Centre – collect trail sheets from Guildhall Visitor Information Centre; Toy Cupboard on West Street; Kaleidoscope Toys on Brook Street. Estimated duration is 2 hours.

Times: Shop Opening Hours.

Cost: It’s FREE!

The Garden House | Halloween & Pumpkin Trail

Pop those wellies on and get exploring the garden for pumpkins galore and all things spooky! Pick up a trail pack from Visitor Reception on arrival. Once you’ve completed the trail and found all those pumpkins – head to the cafe for tasty spooky treats, chocolate apples, pumpkin soup and mugs of marshmallow-topped hot chocolates!

Dates: 22nd – 30th October.

Location: The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton PL20 7LQ.

Times: Trail open during normal visiting hours - 10.30am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm).

Cost: Normal admission applies (members have free entry and includes up to 3 children or grandchildren for free). Pack costs £2 – goodies, trail map, colouring sheet crayons and more!

Alex’s Oak Tree | Halloween Goodie Bags

Introducing Alex’s Oak Tree Halloween goodie bags, helping to conjure up Halloween half term fun.

Each bag includes:

1 x wooden Halloween hanging decoration (6 designs to choose from), 1 x plain pumpkin, 6 x pots of Halloween-themed colour Frenchic paints, 2 x paint brushes, Sweets, 1 x reusable Halloween hessian bag. Plus. a chance to win a special prize for the best painted pumpkin (upload & tag @alexsoaktree on Facebook to be eligible).

Dates: 22nd – 29th October

Location: Unit 2 The Old Dairy, Paddons Row, Tavistock, United Kingdom

Times: Shop Opening Hours

Cost: £5.

Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centres | Mask Making

Come along to any of our visitor centres and take part in our self-guided mask making. Witches, Wisht Hounds and bats, choose one of the spooky mask templates to decorate and discover another side to Dartmoor's spooky story. Visit the craft tables at each of the visitor centres to take part in this self-guided activity.

Dates: 22nd – 30th October

Location: National Park Visitor Centres at Postbridge, Haytor and Princetown

Times: 10:30-15:00

Cost: Free!

Also on Wednesday 26th October, Princetown Visitor Centre is hosting an afternoon of ‘Moppets, Muppets and Ghostly Puppets’ – a creative workshop bringing the spooky stories and legends of Dartmoor to life and making your own petrifying puppet. Book through the visitor centre on 01822 890414.

Morwellham Quay | Scary Mine Train Ride

Board the Scary Mine Train ride for a ride through the George and Charlotte copper mine with some spooky surprises dwelling in the shadows. As part of the visit, you can also enjoy plenty of other Halloween themed activities including meet the witch, spooky chocolate, trick or treating, and creepy crafts.

Dates: 27th – 30th October

Location: Morwellham Quay, Tavistock PL19 8JL

Times: 13:00, 14:00 or 15:00

Cost: £17.95

Tamar Trails | Halloween Trail & Haunted Hollow

Follow spooky clues through the woods, spot haunting figures and scary sights as you go. Then explore the Haunted Hollow if you dare.… Afterwards enjoy frighteningly tasty treats in the Beech Café. Pick up your clues sheet from the Tamar Trails Centre, £2 per person includes a sweet treat at the end.

The main Halloween Trail is an adventurous trail through the haunted forest on rough and rocky tracks, not suitable for bikes or buggies. There is a shorter option for little legs and buggies, which is about 1km long and much flatter.

Dates: 22nd – 30th October

Location: Tamar Trails Centre, Woodlands, Tavistock PL19 8JE

Times: 10:00-17:00.

Cost: £2 which includes a sweet treat at the end. Booking online is essential.

Lifton Farm Shop | Pumpkin Fest

Pumpkin Fest returns to Lifton Farm in 2022 with lots of family fun from pumpkin picking and carving to a mystical magic show from Magic Martin and a witch’s potion maize maze. There are thousands of pumpkins for you to choose from – with different colours, shapes and sizes. Around the pumpkin patch there are displays and spooky surprises with lots of pumpkin-tastic photo opportunities. Plus, you can get lost in the magic potion themed Maize Maze as you help Wilma the Witch complete her potion recipe.

Dates: 22nd – 30th October

Location: Strawberry Fields, Lifton, PL16 0DH

Times: 09:00-14:00.

Cost: £2.50 per ticket. Maize Maze £4.00 with general ticket. Under 1’s go free.

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