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Spooky Things to Do for Halloween in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

Historic Bury St Edmunds is a spooky place to be on Halloween, and the creaky medieval buildings in the surrounding medieval wool towns host some eerie goings-on too!

If you’re after some ghoulish fun, take a look at our round-up of Halloween events. 

Scare yourself silly at Scaresville

If you’re looking for a uniquely terrifying night out, there are few places in Britain as frightening as Scaresville. In the grounds of historic Kentwell Hall, a strange and sinister haunted village awaits you. Feel your heart race as you make your way through dark rooms, outbuildings, forests and farmland for an intensely scary Halloween experience! There really is nowhere else quite like it: visit and you’ll understand why it won a prestigious Screamie Award and was shortlisted for the UK’s Best Halloween Attraction award, alongside the London Dungeon.

Scaresville appears on Wednesday 4th October and disappears again on Saturday 4th November. Book a ticket for 7pm, 8pm or 9pm for any of these days and get ready to scream!

Scaresville is not suitable for children aged under 14, and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult over 21 years of age.

Take a Ghost Tour around Bury St Edmunds

Halloween marks the beginning of Bury St Edmunds Ghostly and Macabre tours, when brave souls can uncover the grisliest details of Bury St Edmunds’ long history.  Tales of murder, executions, plague, riots and witchcraft will sharpen your senses as you tread down dark streets. A paranormal hotspot, you’ll discover stories about screaming skulls, ethereal monks and the town’s famous Grey Lady.

Tours begin by heading to Moyse’s Hall, where you’ll hear the chilling tale of the Red Barn Murderer, William Corder. From here, your guide will lead you around the town’s most ghostly buildings and streets, including the Market Cross and the Nutshell pub, home to a famous mummified cat, before finishing in the Great Churchyard.

After Halloween, tours run every other Friday evening from 3rd November through to 30th March 2018. Tours last 90 minutes and meet outside Marks and Spencer on the Cornhill at 6:30pm. Bookings (for participants aged 14 years and over) can be made at the Apex. 

Face a Zombie Apocalypse at Quarantine

Have you ever wondered whether you would survive an Apocalypse?  Are you a survivor or would you just sit down and wait for the end? We like to think you're all survivors but to be honest, we wouldn't blame you if you chose the latter. 

In the depths of The Elveden Estate's vast grounds and endless forest lies a disused military base. Now isolated and out of bounds it is overrun with The Infected. This Halloween, can you find the courage and hide your fear to help us neutralise the threat to humanity?

Quarantine is designed to challenge your survival skills and your ability to survive the apocalypse. If you do not like the dark, the outdoors, being frightened, uneven ground or the unknown this event might not be for you. Quarantine, by Explore 4X4, takes place every evening from October 26 -28. We dare you!

Join a Haunted Halloween Dinner & Paranormal Evening in Long Melford

Dine on a delicious three course dinner while hearing ghostly tales at the 15th century Bull Hotel in Long Melford. Built in 1450, this timber inn with original carvings – including an image of a ‘Wildman’ or ‘Woodwose’, a mysterious being thought to ward off evil spirits in the Middle Ages – provides a deeply atmospheric setting for Halloween tales.

The ghost of Richard Evered, murdered here in 1648 during an argument about politics, is said to haunt the halls and corridors. Sightings have been reported in Room 4, if you’re daring enough to spend the night.   

The evening begins at 7:00pm on Thursday 26th October 2017, continuing until midnight. Bookings can be made by contacting the hotel.  

Discover the true story of the East Anglian Witch Trials

Covenant is a brand new play by Bring Out Your Dead Productions which tells the true and tragic story of the East Anglian Witch Trials. 

Featuring a six-strong cast of actor-musicians and original folk music composed by Max Welton, this is local history as you have never seen it before! 

The plays runs from October 26 - November 4 at Moyse's Hall Museum, which itself houses remarkable collections offering fascinating insights into local superstitions and witchcraft. 

Witches Of West Suffolk is an exciting new community heritage project by Bring Out Your Dead Productions exploring a much misunderstood part of East Anglian history.

Hear East Anglian Ghost Stories at Moyse’s Hall Museum

Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end as the Victorian gentleman of Moyse’s Hall Museum relays tales about local spectres by the glow of candlelight. 

With stories about the spirits and lost souls of East Anglia – including the museum’s resident ghosts – an extremely spooky night is promised. 

Guests are invited to stay afterwards for refreshments (including a restorative glass of port) and a discussion about the paranormal. 

An adult-only event, the story-telling begins at 6:30pm on Halloween evening.

Have a scream at the flicks

Bury St Edmunds is home to the Abbeygate Cinema, a rare independently owned 1920s cinema that is the ideal place to watch a horror film. 

Alongside current toe curlers, the cinema invites the public to choose a horror film for a ‘You Pick It, We Play It’ night at 7pm on Friday 27th October.

To vote for The Shining, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shaun of the Dead, IT or your choice of Halloween movie, head to the Abbeygate Cinema’s Facebook page.

Dress up in your ghastliest garb and arrive early for the Halloween party with a DJ in the bar/restaurant. 

Take an All Souls Day Walk by Lantern Light in Lavenham

Discover the incredible history of the medieval village of Lavenham by lantern light on a guided tour on 2nd November or one of the later dates in November. 

Delivering facts rather than folklore, this is an incredible opportunity to hear about the rich cloth merchants who made their wealth here. 

Groups meet at the Lavenham Guildhall at 6:30pm and return for hot drinks and home-made cakes after the tour. Bookings can be made with the National Trust.  

More Halloween fun for children

Pumpkins in the Park at Clare Country Park is a spooky Halloween trail to find pictures of ghosts, witches and ghouls. The trail finishes at the Social Club where there are arts and crafts and a bar for parents to have a well-deserved drink.

Crafty's Creepy Castle is a spooky Halloween show for 2 – 7 year olds at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Dress up in your scariest costume to be rewarded with a trick or treat present!

Head to Halloweenie's School of Sorcery & Magic at Kentwell Hall throughout October half term for a morning or afternoon of magical learning, including wand making, spell school and potions class.

Follow the Halloween Treasure Trail at Nowton Park from 22nd to 30th October. Pick up a quiz sheet from the Nowton Park café.

Have a spooky one!