Mythical monsters and outlandish beasts are taking over the Eden Project this Halloween for two spooktacular weeks of devilish delights, from October 19 to November 3.
Acclaimed puppeteers Headstrung are bringing a fang-tastic brand of mayhem with their Cryptid Petting Zoo, giving visitors the chance to meet some very unusual creatures from around the world.
Visitors will be able to come face to face with rarely-seen critters including a Cornish Sea Serpent, adorable Baby Dragons and the loveable Giant Beast.
They will be able to get up close to these mystical beings with a hands-on experience and learn all about them from specially trained handlers.
Liverpool-based Headstrung are an energetic company who specialise in puppet cabaret acts and interactive street theatre. They have toured the UK for seven years with their fun and humorous shows, entertaining audiences of all ages.
Eilidh Bryan, Headstrung Puppet Maker, Director and Performer said: "Headstrung Puppets are delighted to be performing the Cryptid Petting Zoo at the Eden Project. It is the perfect place for audiences to watch this family-friendly show and gives them the chance to interact with some very unusual creatures. We cannot wait!”
Other eerie activities taking place over Halloweden include venturing into a spooky woodland clearing to see what might be loitering inside.
Visitors can take on the terrifying Creepy Hollow challenge by putting their hand into ghastly tree trunks and see what horrors might be lurking inside. Will it be a trick or a treat?
Web-weaving workshops will be in place, allowing guests to make spine-tingling spider webs, find out more about these eight-legged creatures and learn how important they are to our planet.
Visitors will also have the chance to channel their inner witch by visiting the Eden Cottage to create potions of unlimited possibilities, using the finest botanicals as well as extra magical ingredients.
Those who want to try their hand at pumpkin-carving can visit the amazing team of carvers at work and check out their spellbinding designs.
Screech Owl Sanctuary will be swooping in with their feathery friends during the two weeks of Halloweden fun, so visitors can come and meet these beautiful birds up close.
Spooky tales will be told by Eden Storytellers, who will be entertaining visitors with creepy Halloween legends for all ages.
Polly Randle, Eden’s Live Senior Programme Lead said: “Halloweden is a terror-ffic time to visit Eden. We are so excited about our petrifyingly packed two-week programme.
“We can’t wait for our visitors to meet Headstrung’s amazing mystical monsters in the Cryptid Petting Zoo, as well as all our other Halloweden thrills that families can get involved in. It’s going to be a right scream for everyone!”
Rounding up the Halloween delights is The Little Monsters’ Ball, taking place on Saturday October 26.
Families can dance like Dracula or groove on down like a ghost for a fun fancy dress evening, including spine-tingling discos, ghoulish grub and an ice rink that will chill to the bone.
The Little Monsters’ Ball takes place from 6pm to 9pm and costs £8 per person with an additional charge for ice skating. Bookings are recommended.
All Halloweden activities, apart from the Little Monsters’ Ball and ice skating, are included free as part of Eden admission.