Prepare to be spooked this half-term!

From ghosts and ghouls to things that go bump in the night – prepare yourselves for some hair-raising adventures this Halloween half-term!

There is so much to pack into the week we just don’t know where to start.

Some events are being held throughout the half-term break while others are one-offs so check the dates and if you need to book.

Whatever you are looking for you, let Pembrokeshire cast a spell over you and your family and join in the spectacular spooky fun!

Ghost walk of Tenby

Haunting tales to to get you in the mood for Halloween, take a tour around Tenby with stories of ghosts, fairies, witches and strange Pembrokeshire customs, omens, mysteries and murder.

The walk departs from outside the Lifeboat Tavern in Tudor Square. Private bookings are available (minimum of four people).

For details about times of walks, check by phone 01834 845841 or email or website

Halloween hoots at Folly Farm

Take your little monsters to Folly Farm for a family-friendly day out with added special events for a spooky Halloween week!

Toddler Takeover Day, October 23rd, 10.30am-2.30pm.

Running once a month from March to October, Toddler Takeover activities include storytelling, art and craft fun and hands-on experiences aimed at encouraging, educating and entertaining pre-school children...and best of all they are included in the normal admission price to Folly Farm.

Spooky Halloween, October 25th - November 2nd

As well as all the usual fun to be had, Halloween at Folly Farm brings all kinds of spooky surprises with creepy encounters where visitors can get up close to owls, spiders, giant land snails and ssss...snakes!  The Jolly Barn is getting a spooky makeover and so can you with the freaky face painting!

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Jugglestruck magical shows

The Follies Theatre presents Luke Jugglestruck and his magical magic show! Be amazed by his ultra violet illusions, his magic tricks and meet his friend Smokey the Dragon. Performances at 1pm in the Follies Theatre inside the Vintage Funfair.

Ghost-busting adventures for mini rangers

Manor House Wildlife Park is holding a host of half-term events to keep young ones amused:

October 26th: Join Ranger Sara and make a mask ready for Halloween, no need to book just go along and join in the fun.

October 28th: Halloween decoration making with Ranger Sara no booking required just come and join in the fun.

October 30th: Go potty with the fabulous Yoka from Siramik Pottery. Throw a pot on the potter’s wheel or craft an animal out of clay. £2.50 a pot/ £1 for a clay animal.

October 31st: Join Ranger Sara on a ghost-busting adventure catching ghosts and ghouls, complete with craft, challenges, spooky fun, hot chocolate and a cookie. £3 per child, must be accompanied by an adult, booking essential on 01646 651201 or at the main gate.

(Normal entry price applies for all activities)

Make a mask at Oriel y Parc

Head to St Davids and visit Oriel y Parc for mask-making and face-painting fun:

Mask Making, October 28th, 10am-4pm.

Join in with the ghoulish goings on at Oriel y Parc. Create your very own spooky spine-tingling mask in time for Halloween. £3 per person.

The Big Draw, October 29th, 1pm-2.30pm.

Be part of a national event, and join the National Park Discovery team at Oriel y Parc for an afternoon of enjoyable drawing activities. Think big, and allow your imagination to reach new heights! £2 per child (pay event staff) adults free. Children must be accompanied.

Halloween Face Painting, October 31st, 10am to 12pm or 2pm to 4pm.

A ghost, a vampire, a pumpkin or a zombie. Whatever you want to be for Halloween, go along to have your face painted, before it’s time for trick or treating. £2 per person. Meet in the Discovery Room.

Haunting Halloween at Scolton Manor

Throughout half term Scolton Manor are hosting a range of spooktacular events including a pumpkin trail though the woods. Spooky quizzes at the manor house and Creepy Crafts for the children. £1 per child.

Fright Night, 31st October 6pm -9pm 

Spooktacular storytelling and tantalising tales as well as ghoulish games, creepy crafts and a lantern trail through the woods. Must book in advance by email or phone 01437 731328. £5 children £3.50 adults.

Brilliant bats and fireside tales

There’s so much on at Carew Castle this half-term you could spend all week there! Here’s a rundown of the events:

Fireside Tales, October 25th-26th, 2.30pm - 3.30pm.

Settle around the fire in the Lesser Hall, get comfy and enjoy some amazing tales of brave heroes, princesses and knights of old. Normal admission plus a small charge for the activity.

Ghost Hunt, October 27th-28th, 11am-3pm.

Enjoy a spooky start to October half-term. Take part in a hunt to see if you can find all of the ghostly residents as you explore the castle's dark nooks and crannies.

The Big Draw, October 28th, 1pm-2.30pm.

Be part of a national event, and join the National Park Discovery Team at Castell Henllys, Carew Castle and Oriel-y-Parc for an afternoon of drawing activities. Think big, and allow your imagination to reach new heights! All materials provided.

Brilliant Bats, October 28th, 3.30pm-5pm.

Family-friendly walk to look for bats and listen to their calls on special detectors and to learn about their unusual lifestyles. All kit provided. Bat watch includes a short walk. Attendees advised to dress appropriately and to bring a torch. Booking essential on 01834 845040.

Halloween Extravaganza, October 29th to October 31st, 11am-3pm

Where could be spookier on Halloween than a castle? Lots of activities for all the family. Costume parades each day at 2.30pm. Are you brave enough? Normal admission, plus a small charge for activities.

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Pembroke Dock Raptors, October 29th to October 31st, 11am-3pm

Get up close and personal with some magnificent birds of prey. Find out about falconry or simply get close and handle the birds. Take you picture with a bird of your choice. Static display included in normal admission. Ten minute one to one session with bird at an extra charge of £3 a session.

Halloween Evening Tour, October 29th to October 31st, 4.30pm-5.30pm.

Carew may be spooky enough during the day, but just see what comes out after dark! Join an evening ghost tour of the castle, and meet some of its more spooky residents. Limited places – booking essential on 01646 651782. No under-5s.

Frightful fun at Oakwood

Oakwood Theme Park is being transformed into a ‘scream park’ to celebrate Halloween from October 27th-31st. There will be scary family fun for all ages, including a pumpkin trail, trick or treats and a Halloween fireworks display on October 31st.

Braver visitors will be able to test their nerves in the Haunted Scare Maze where there’s spooky surprises around every corner.

Be spooked in castle capers

Visit Cilgerran Castle during the castle’s spooky Halloween week and try the free scary trail around the site, with prize up for grabs. And don’t forget to take along your carved pumpkin to enter the pumpkin carving competition too!

October 25th-31st, 11am-4pm.

Haunted Henllys

There’s plenty going on at Castell Henllys during the school holidays, including the usual family favourites of Arianrhod’s World, Celtic Adventures and Clever Little Celts, but there’s also some special Halloween-themed events to check out…

Pumpkin carving, October 30th, 11am-3pm.

Prepare for Halloween by taking your pumpkin along and joining in the pumpkin carving competition. Tools provided. Carving sessions throughout the day but limited to six children at a time. Pumpkins judged at 3pm with a prize for the winning effort! £1 to enter + admission.

Haunted Henllys, October 31st, 11am-4pm.

Before Halloween there was Samhain, the original Celtic festival to the dead. Are you brave enough to meet the ghosts of those who lived at Castell Henllys over 2,000 years ago? But keep your eyes and ears open for who knows who, or what, lurks in the woods and fort!

Lots of activities to celebrate the first Halloween. Ghost walk at 11.30am and 2pm. Watch the wicker man burn at the end of the day. Activities £1 each.

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Scary arts and crafts

Lamphey Bishop's Palace will be holding a day of scary arts and crafts and a spooky trail. There will be a prize for the first 40 children taking part.

October 31st, 11am-4pm.

Lantern walk and mask making

Go along and make a scary mask in a workshop at the Stackpole Centre followed by a spooky lantern walk through Lodge Park wood. Fancy dress is a must – the scarier the better. October 31st, 5pm-7pm. £5 – booking essential.

For more Information contact: Stackpole Centre reception, 01646 661425

Film night with chills

Manorbier Castle will be screening two suitably spooky films on October 31st. At 4pm the Halloween cinema will show Ghostbusters, at £4 per ticket. The late film, at 8pm, will be Dracula (1931 version) with tickets priced at £7. Doors open 7pm when there will also be a bar and refreshments. 

Free parking at the beach car park. Fancy dress prizes! Go along in your spookiest outfit.

Find the bats on palace trail

Join a Halloween bat-themed trail at St Davids Bishop's Palace for a day of thrills and chills. Follow the clues to find the bats hiding round the building and learn about St Davids Bishop’s Palace and the fascinating bats that live in it. There's a prize for the first 75 children that take part.

October 31st, 10.30am-4pm.

Seals of Pembrokeshire

For a free family event, why not try a guided seal walk around the Marloes Peninsula, by Kate Lock, organised by the Darwin Centre.

October 31st, 10am to 12 noon.

Meet in Martin’s Haven car park at 9.45am (please note there is a car park charge). Don’t forget to wear sensible footwear and warm clothing. No dogs allowed.

Numbers are limited therefore booking is essential. Call 01437 753196 

Apple Day

Celebrate the humble apple in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park orchard in St Brides. Join in lots of family friendly, apple-themed activities and learn more about this fascinating fruit. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

October 26th, 11am-3pm. Booking essential, call 01834 845040.

And something for the grown-ups…

Strange tales from the darker side

Head to Picton Castle for spooky stories for Halloween - if you dare!

If you love TV's Derren Brown then Strange Tales from the Darker Side is for you. The tales are a selection of creepy stories linked together by most unusual experiments in mind-reading.

As Halloween approaches Dr Nicolas Grimoire returns to Picton Castle and promises to reveal more strange secrets from the past, relate weird stories of unusual events and of the supernatural world. Join him in the Great Hall to hear of the Blind Fortune Teller who could read the cards with just his fingers; seek out the ghost of a soldier who returns to haunt the castle a century after his death; and hear of the maid who carried her memory of love's first kiss to the grave. Strange Tales from the Darker Side is not a ghost hunt nor a seance but a night of unusual entertainment that you will talk about for years to come.

7pm Doors open at 6.45. Tickets £12 each including a glass of sparkling wine. Call 01437 751326 to book.

Halloween party night with live music

Get on your broomsticks and fly to the Stackpole Inn on October 31st for a party night full of Halloween celebrations. To find out more call: 01646 672 324

Party Spooktacular

The Tiddly is organising a fancy dress party on October 31st, being held at ‘an amazing barn in Rosemarket’. The fun kicks-off at 7pm and party-goers are encouraged to dress up with prizes for the best costumes. Live music and DJ.

£12.50 per ticket. Buffet style food and full bar. The event is limited to 200 people so booking is essential. Call 01437 891073.

If you're planning to attend any of the events this halloween half term, we'd love to see your spooktacular photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 Just come back from a week’s break in St Davids - loved the area completely, and the local people are brilliant. Highly recommended is a boat trip to Ramsey Island.  
Adam, Somerset

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