Spend Halloween at The Horribly Happy Hotel

Halloween at The Headland

Experience a spooky Halloween in Cornwall at the home of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’. The film has remained close to our hearts here at The Headland and we always celebrate with a very grand and just a little bit scary October half-term.

The Witches Hotel

The book ‘The Witches’ was written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by the brilliant Quentin Blake Published in 1983, the story follows the experiences of a young boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child-hating evil witches secretly exist. In large parts, it was filmed here at The Headland and the cast were in residence for quite some time; Angelica Huston starred as the Grand High Witch, Rowan Atkinson played the hotel manager.



Half-term activities

The exact schedule of events changes every year, but to give you a flavour, this is what we did for 2021:


  • Meet the Grand High Witch in person as she takes her high tea on the stage in the Ballroom every weekend in October and during half-term
  • Black cat hunt – search for all of the 10 black cats that are dotted around the hotel
  • Pumpkin carving & competitions
  • Spooktacular cocktails for adults to sample in The Terrace bar
  • Enjoy pumpkin lattes and hot chocolates in The Terrace


The Witches afternoon tea

1st - 31st October

The Grand High Witch invites you to afternoon tea at The Headland. Spooky afternoon tea is back by popular demand...Treat yourself whilst drinking in the sweeping ocean views and the effortless grandeur of our hotel, famously the location for the classic 1990 film of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Feast on wickedly wonderful cakes and terrifying treats, including white chocolate mice, pumpkin cheesecake, treacle tart and blackberry and apple trifle. For the grown ups, and anyone else who dares, there’ll be clotted cream scones, savoury autumnal sandwiches and tea to tipple. The Grand High Witch herself will be visiting throughout October. So watch your table manners.


“‘Devilishly delicious’ Ranked #1 by The Telegraph”

“‘Devilishly delicious’ Ranked #1 by The Telegraph”