This year the date for Halloween is Tuesday 31 October, so most Halloween events in Newquay will be on the weekend before.
Newquay Main Event:
The BIG Halloween event of Newquay town, aimed at residents, families, locals and visitors, is the annual free Zombie Crawl event, organised by Newquay BID. Events start at 1pm outside the Newquay Lighthouse Cinema, with Titan the Robot – and more. At 3pm The Zombie Crawl starts, this is a short procession through town, with participants and crowd watchers dressed in Halloween fancy dress and Zombie outfits. The procession ends at the Victoria Hotel, with a big party with lots to see and do! If you’re coming from out of town and trying to get your bearings, the Cinema is at the end of the pedestrian area, next to Newquay Bus Station – and the Victoria Hotel is close to Newquay Railway Station, close to Aldi.
The Origins of Halloween:
The word Halloween has evolved over hundreds of years from a variety of sources and olden day names. All Saints Day, on 1 November, The Eve of All Hallows (All Hallows Eve) or Hallow Even.
Originally the Celtic New Years Eve, the eve of Samhain or “Winter’s Eve”. People believed that the dead, or the disembodied spirits of those who had died throughout the preceding year, would return to Earth in search of living bodies that they could possess for the next year, their only hope chance of afterlife.
People who were still living, though, didn’t want to be possessed by the lost souls of the dead – so on 31 October they would extinguish the fires in their homes, making them cold and inhospitable. They would then dress up in ghoulish costumes and parade around the local neighborhood, making as much noise as they could in order to frighten away the spirits who were looking for a living body to possess!
Get in on the action by grabbing yourself a Halloween costume online, or trawl the local shops to see what you can find.
Friday 27 October:
- FREE Children’s Disco. 5-7pm
Sailors are hosting a free Children’s Halloween Disco, with free food and free drinks. Meet the Wicked Witch of the West, fancy dress competition, free face painting, best carved pumpkin competition, best pumpkin wins a prize!
Facebook Page: Sailors Club, Newquay, Halloween Disco 2017
Saturday 28 October:
- £2.50 Witches Film. 10.30am
Roald Dahl’s Witches film will be screened as a special Halloween Screening at 10.30am at the Lighthouse Cinema with a special price of just £2.50. Fancy dress welcomed.
Website: Newquay Cinema Halloween 2017 Screening of Witches
- FREE Zombie Crawl. 1pm
This is a free family event, opening at 1pm with Titan the Robot at the piazza opposite Newquay Lighthouse Cinema. There’s face painting and more going on until …. the Zombie Crawl starts.
The Zombie Crawl procession starts at 3pm at Gover Lane leading to a Family Party at the Hotel Victoria at 3.30pm. At 5pm there is an acrobatic show and at 6pm Titan the Robot will make his final performance of the day. Stiltwalkers, street dancers, scary statues and the creepy campervan photo booth.
Facebook Page: Newquay Zombie Crawl 2017
- FREE Halloween Kids’ Party. 6-11.30pm
At Atlantic Reach (TR8 4LX). Free entry with a Locals’ Card, which you can get from the Leisure reception. Trick or Treat, disco & Halloween games, Pirate Pete scare show, singer Sammy Jones, disco until late.
Facebook Page: Atlantic Reach Halloween Kids’ Party 2017
- Spooky Trerice by Night. 6-9pm
Trerice, the local National Trust property, are hosting a free Spooky Night at Trerice – although normal ticket prices apply to gain entry. Explore Trerice as it’s taken over by ghosts and ghouls for a spooky evening of scares and screams. Suitable for all the family, don’t forget to bring a torch!
Website: Trerice Spooky Night 2017
- Family Halloween Party. 5-11pm
The Belmont Social Club are hosting a family Halloween Party.
Facebook page: Belmont Club, Newquay, Halloween Party
Sunday 29 October
- £1 Kids’ Halloween Party. 2-5pm
The Newquay Royal British Legion are holding a Kids’ Halloween Party. Entry £1, under 2s free. Kids’ disco, face painting, fancy dress competition, kids’ and’ adults raffle. Adult bar open serving drinks.
Facebook Page: Newquay British Legion Halloween Party 2017
Monday 30 October
- ~£5-9. Newquay Zoo Fright Night. 6pm to 8.30pm
By ticket only, prices online. An evening of terror with frightfully spooky stories performed in the deepest darkest depths of Newquay Zoo, led by some supernatural story tellers. Enjoy a hot chocolate and a stroll around the zoo at night lit by torch light – you don’t know what horrors you’ll find! Time slots bookable between 6pm and 8.30pm.
Facebook Page: Newquay Zoo Fright Night 2017
Newquay Attractions with Halloween Events:
- It’s Halloweek at Lappa Valley, from 21-29 October, with family friendly Halloween themed activities all included in the Standard Entry Price.
Facebook Page: Lappa Valley Halloweek 2017.
- Pirate’s Quest are running some Fright Tours on Friday 27 October. Teens at 6pm, Adults only at 7pm. Booking essential. Tickets £12.95.
Website/Bookings: Halloween Fright Tours 2017, Pirates Quest Newquay.
- Screen Owl Sanctuary, Owl ‘O’ Ween Night, Saturday 28 October, 12-6pm
£5 entry (under 3s free). Eerie owl encounters, freaky flying display, frightful animal feeding, gruesome games, haunted disco (4-6pm), prizes for best dressed pumpkin and scariest pumpkin.
Website: Owl O Ween 2017.
E&OE: Always check what is being offered and the details with the company organising events, e.g. times, locations and the latest updates of what’s on.