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Rainforest by night, pumpkins galore and family fun on ice at magical Halloweden half-term

This October half-term (October 22-30) visitors are invited to explore the Eden Project by twilight - if they dare – on an enchanting and all-new Halloweden adventure.

Halloweden - Halloween at the Eden Project

Hands carving a knight on a horse design into a pumpkin

Halloweden - Halloween at the Eden Project

They will discover a world of superstitions and traditions at this special time of year – which also sees the return of Eden’s glittering ice rink.

Fang-tastic goings-on will take place every day throughout the half-term holidays, and this year for the first time Eden will be opening late into the evening until 8 pm between Saturday 22 and Friday 28.

Visitors will then be able to follow a magical torchlit story trail through the Rainforest, brought to life with performance and light, while across the outdoor gardens and Biomes a mysterious Magpie Trail delves into traditions and superstitions.

More than 2,000 pumpkins and squashes will be on display throughout Halloweden week, which culminates in a Halloween Pumpkin Weekend (October 29-30) when storytellers will gather around a blazing firepit to delve into tales of crops and harvest.

Also on this final weekend, an expert pumpkin carver will craft phenomenal creations and every pumpkin will be given away to visitors to take home and do their own carvings themselves for Halloween.

In the Mediterranean Biome, a vibrant display will depict the traditions of the ‘Día de los Muertos’ - or Day of the Dead.

Hundreds of golden marigold flowers, said to honour and attract the souls of loved ones, will bloom beneath swathes of colourful flags, adding to the joyful remembrance of people passed, celebrated within many Spanish-speaking communities across the world.

Visitors will be able to join Eden’s horticultural experts in the Mediterranean Biome for sensational chilli tasting and demos as hundreds of chilis from 35 different varieties are harvested for use in Eden’s kitchens. 

Kate Francis, Eden’s Live Programme Producer, said: “We’re making the most of the cosy October evenings and throwing open the doors for our first late-night October half-term, complete with enchanting stories, a firepit and s’mores.

“This year, we’ve got more than ever to discover throughout the gardens and Biomes and instead of frights and scares, we’re sparking curiosity, intrigue and appreciation around the natural cycles of life and cherished superstitions.”

Elsewhere on site, Weave a Web workshops in the Tipi will tell the story of spiders as protectors and why they make great house pets that should not  be feared.

The Citrus Grove of the Mediterranean Biome will set the scene for a puppet show about Azoroso the Unlucky Witch, taking place four times a day. Relaxed sessions for those with sensory or communication needs will take place on Sunday, October 30 at 9am.

The Eden ice rink is back from October 15 until February 19, 2023. For more information and to book tickets visit: