Most years, Hallowe’en finds us trailing the local streets, dressed like Riff Raff from the the Rocky Horror Picture Show, asking complete strangers for sweets. We usually do this, with our daughter and a selection of her friends.
This year, things are slightly different as we are on vacation in Cornwall. So, how do we celebrate this spooky evening? Easy. Sign up for one of the National Maritime Museum’s Hallowe’en Tours.
In simple terms, this means make something, then run amok in the museum, with the lights off.
When we got there, a large crowd of children and parents had already assembled and were hard at work making Hallowe’en masks. Most of the children were in costumes.
Once everyone had a mask, we set off around the musuem, torches in hand. In the first gallery, our guide/narrator left us in the dark in the pretence of fetching the maintenance team to fix the lights.
At this point, a man dressed as a dead fisherman from 1868 leapt up from the bottom of one of the rowing boats, where he’d been hiding. After I’d picked myself up off the floor and started paying attention to his re-telling of his character’s true story, it was very interesting. Sadly, the actor made the mistake of trying to engage with his all too savvy, young audience:
“You all look very scary, you’re not going to hurt me are you?”
To which one wag replied, “Let’s torture him.”
Where do you go after that?
[Editor’s note. The evening was very entertaining. More “ghosts” met us around the museum and we learnt quite a bit about local (dead) seafarers.]