Halloween 2022 is just around the corner and Plymouth has plenty of spine-tingling events happening around the city. Plymouth itself has a rich heritage and Sutton Harbour and the adjoining Barbican are steeped in history. Fortunately, many of the historic buildings are still standing to tell their stories from centuries ago. A quick search of Plymouth’s history and it’s not hard to find accounts of hauntings and ghostly apparitions…
Whether you believe in ghouls or not, one thing you can believe in, is Plymouth’s busy Halloween 2022 events calendar. There are plenty of events happening across the city for everyone to enjoy in the lead up to Halloween.
Barbican Halloween Trail
A whole host of creepy creatures are going to be descending on the Barbican this half term. Head out on The Sea-riously Spooky Trail and keep your eyes peeled for the creatures in various shop windows. From vampire squids to zombie worms, you need to discover all of the monsters without getting caught out by the impostor.
Simply pick up your trail map leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre to start on your quest. Once you’ve found them all you’ll need to bring your completed trail back to the Tourist Information Centre. Here you’ll be able to collect your petrifyingly great prize.
Halloween on the Jetty
On Monday 31st October, Sutton Harbour’s berth holders are invited to attend Halloween on the Jetty. Taking place at Sutton Harbour Marina, you can join fellow berth holders for some spooky Halloween treats and a hot drink.
More information will be sent to berth holders nearer to the time.
Scratchworks Theatre Company Presents ‘Hags: A Magical Extravaganza’
On the 28th and 29th October, you can catch a performance full of magic tricks, comedy, and live music at the Barbican Theatre. The theatre is excited to welcome the return of ‘Hags: A Musical Extravaganza’ back once again for Halloween 2022.
The story follows three women accused of witchcraft in Bideford in 1682 who were tried and hanged. Let the story of these witch hunts unfold before your eyes with stunts and illusions to surprise and delight.
Follow the trio as they investigate what really happened on that day 300 years ago. Can they shed some light on these accused women of the past?
Showtime is at 7:30pm, suitable for ages 11+, and this is a ‘Pay what you decide’ event. So, you can choose what you feel the show is worth upon purchasing your ticket or by paying after the show.
Find out more or book your tickets here.
Kids’ Halloween Disco Cruise
Set sail on the Sound with Plymouth Boat Trips once again as they host their kids’ Halloween disco. On the 29th October from 5pm until 6:30pm, youngsters can expect plenty of ghoulish games and scary amounts of fun.
Fancy dress is encouraged (for grown-ups too) and there will be a prize for the best Halloween costume. The DJ will also be playing a host of Halloween anthems and beloved bops for your little monsters to dance to.
To find out more about ticket prices and to book, head to Plymouth Boat Trips’ website.
Halloween Boat Party (18+)
Plymouth Boat Trips are also hosting another party cruise but this one is for the adults. On the 29th October from 07:30 pm until 10:30 pm, sail around the Sound for a fang-tastic night. The DJ will be playing plenty hauntingly good tunes to help you dust off those cobwebs and murder the dancefloor.
Get dressed up or play dress-up for this party cruise which is sure to be a scream. Plus, each ticket also treats you to a free drink (that’s no trick!).
This is an over-18s event, tickets are £17.50 each and can be purchased from Plymouth Boat Trips’ website here.
Spooky Science at The Box
Does The Box come alive at night? Now is your chance to find out at Spooky Science. On the 19th October from 5:30pm until 8:30pm, live out your Night at the Museum dreams at this late family event.
Explore the galleries by torchlight and keep an eye out for any ghouls in this Grade II listed building. Your little ones will also be able to perform their very own science experiments in The Box’s Learning Room. Plus, there will even be some wicked tunes to get those dancing feet moving.
Make sure you wear your best Halloween themed outfits or costumes! Adults and children between 5-17 cost £7, children under 5 cost £6. You can book your tickets here.
Plymouth Market’s Halloween Party
Plymouth Market will be hosting a frighteningly fun, free Halloween Party on the 29th October. From 11am until 4pm there will be plenty of activities for your little ones to get stuck into. Whether it be face painting, creepy competitions or some good old-fashioned trick or treating!
Dressing up in your scariest costumes is encouraged for this fun event.
What better way to spend the October half term than by hunting for clues in a peculiar mystery? From Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 30th, your kids will need to keep their eyes peeled for certain shopfront visitors in nearby Plymouth city centre.
Following the map, which can be found here, 15 Halloween characters displayed in shop windows need to be located. If you’re beady eyed enough to spot them all, there are three £50 Waterstones gift cards up for grabs.
Find out more information on how to enter, here.
Let Sutton Harbour put a spell on you
Celebrating Halloween in Britain’s Ocean City is sure to leave you feeling gourd.
Whether you’re winding down from ghost hunting or celebrating with a different kind of spirit, there is something for everyone. Dining with the family is also easy thanks to the plethora of eateries around Sutton Harbour. Many of the venues will also be hosting Halloween-themed evenings, menus, and drinks.