Halloween Happenings in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond 2018!

With over 1000 years of history, it should come as no surprise that Bury St Edmunds plays host to some of the UKs best Halloween events!

With everything from freakishly fun family activities to shriekingly good scare experiences, there's something for everyone this All Hallows Eve...

Scaresville - The Haunted Village - 3rd - 31st October

Running daily at Kentwell Hall from 3rd October - 3rd November, Scaresville - The Haunted Village is the largest and best-known “award winning” scare attraction in East Anglia.

The 1.5 hour scare experience is not for the faint hearted: if you dare, you will journey through dark rooms, across open ground and water, through forest and gardens.  

Locals whisper of an old village that appears in darkest Suffolk every year. Ghosts, ghouls and other creatures stalk the night and are said to be able to cross through from the Other Side. They talk of it as a Haunted Village - are you brave enough to investigate?

Booking is essential, tickets are priced from £17.95 and are available at

Tour of Bury - Crime and Punishment - 10th October

Join one of Bury St Edmunds fascinating tours and discover the town's gruesome past! 

Find out about the methods of punishment that would have been used in the past, such as being burnt at the stake or drowned in a ducking stool. Discover more about a grisly murder in the abbey, and the infamous William Corder, who murdered Maria Marten in the Red Barn and was hanged in Bury St Edmunds. 

Hear tales of local folk transported to the colonies for stealing a waistcoat, and how drunks were punished by being whipped around the marketplace. The Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides take you on a trip back through time. Not for the faint hearted!

Tickets are £6 and available at

Kentwell's School for Sorcery - 20th - 28th October

Kentwell’s School for Sorcery is opening its doors again for new pupils to learn the four elements needed to make a successful sorcerer: Magic, Creativity, Agility and Bravery.

Taking place at Kentwell Hall, the event is around 2.5 hours of immersive halloween fun, challenges and activities aimed at children from 3-11 years old and their families.

Witches, wizards, tutors and professors will teach budding wizards all manner of magical things in various classes including Magic, Potions, Fairy Identification(and hunt!), Magic Art, Dragon-keeping and Illusion. You can also make your own wand, and learn how to use it, and collect stamps to add to your report card for when you visit the Headmaster!

If that wasn't enough, take part in the Sorcery Games, including the Dragon Woods, Fear Alley, Tunnel of Light, Assault Course and the Broomstick Challenge. Plus try and get out of our new witch-themed Escape Cabin!

For tickets, visit

The Magical Pumpkin Patch at The Arc Shopping Centre - 22nd October

On Monday 22nd October 2018, between 11am - 3pm, The Arc Shopping Centre will turn Charter Square into a giant Halloween pumpkin patch, inviting families to come along and pick a pumpkin for their home (£1 donation to My WiSH). 

There will also be the chance to paint your Pumpkin, where kids can decorate it by painting a spooky face or devilish ghoul onto it, with the help of the freaky fun team! 

There will also be Face Painting, from the infamous face painter on the day too, giving children FREE face painting, for a small donation to My WiSH. As per all the family events, kids will be invited to come along in their best fancy dress costumes, for a chance to WIN a prize for the best dressed. 

Families must post their photos onto the arc Facebook page and one winner will be selected at the end of the day. Finally, there will be a cute Halloween Pumpkin recipe to take home and try with the family and don’t miss the magician in Charter Square too on the day - keep your beady eyes peeled!

Throughout half term, there will also be a selection of children’s attractions in Charter Square!

Hocus Panto - 22nd October

On stage at The Apex this October, join the three witches you love to hate for freakishly fun frolics in this wicked Halloween Pantomime.

Be dazzled by magical illusions, bop along to pop songs and look out for things that go bump in the night. A ghoulishly spooktacular parody production for this year's October half term that will leave you spellbound.

Tickets are £13 for adults, £11 for children and £41 a family ticket. Book online at

Night of the Skating Dead at Curve Motion - 26th October

The skating dead have taken over CurveMotion this Halloween! For over 18s only, join in the skating fun on 26th October including Halloween themed skating games, Halloween music, an interactive lightshow and a costume competition!

Tickets are £7.50 including skate hire. Booking is recommended at 
Booking: Strongly recommended - visit Curve Motion website to book

Pumpkin Patch Open Weekend - 27th & 28th October

Pick your pumpkins for Halloween! Field of Dreams Farm are hosting a pumpkin patch open weekend on October 27 and 28 from 10am to 4pm! Come dressed in fancy dress for Halloween!

The farm has a HUGE pumpkin patch with plenty to choose from and purchase. Plus find the golden pumpkin and win a prize! There's also a scarecrow competition ... bring your own for viewing and judging on October 28th at 3.30pm. All this plus stalls, hot beverages and food. 

Bring out the ghoul in you and see who wins at being scariest for the top prize!

For more information visit

Quarantine 5k Zombie Survival Run - 28th October

Explore 4x4’s Halloween Experience is back this year with a vengeance. The thrill of the chase but in the safety of daylight! This year Quarantine: The Zombie Survival Run will take place in the morning of Sunday 28th October at Explore 4x4’s East Anglian base, the Elveden Estate. A fabulous 5km run or walk of your life. 

Outdoor activity, adventure and survival specialists Explore 4x4 are privileged to be based on the outstanding Elveden Estate. While the majority of the time they use this land for a whole host of country pursuits including 4x4 off-road driving, clay pigeon shooting, military survival experiences, weapons through the ages, archery, crossbows and much much more. Three years ago they decided to open up their course to a very different type of event.  

For the third year running, the Elveden Estate will succumb to a Zombie Apocalypse where no one is safe. In true Halloween spirit, the dead have risen and it’s up to you to avoid and evade them throughout our off road 5km route, tackling the natural terrain as well as a few other obstacles along the way. Whether you wear your running gear or your Halloween costume, that’s up to you, just make sure your shoes are suitable to survive an Apocalypse/5km fun run - runners and walkers of all abilities welcomed! 

Tickets for Quarantine: Zombie Survival Run will cost £16.00 per person, under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. 10-13 year olds go free! Not suitable for under 10 year olds, any under 18s attending do so at their parent/guardians discretion.  

All Survivors receive a medal at the finish line. 

For more information visit 

Bury St Edmunds - Ghostly and Macabre Tour - 31st October 

Murder, executions, plague, riots, witchcraft and sightings of ghostly figures, the Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides take you on a journey around the haunted town.

Starting with Moyse’s Hall, you will hear the story of the Red Barn Murderer – William Corder, who trial, conviction and execution brought thousands to the town… onto spectral goings on at the Market Cross and then to the Nutshell pub to hear the stories of witches, mummified cats and local folklore.

Winding your way around the darkened streets to tell stories of screaming skulls, mysterious ‘monk’ like figures appearing in cellars, burnings and hangings and more, finishing up in the dark and deserted Great Churchyard where the guides recall the stories from the Abbey and the famous Grey Lady.

To book tickets call the Bury St Edmunds Tourist Information Centre (based at The Apex) on 01284 764667.

Ghost Stories of East Anglia - 31st October

Join the Victorian gentleman for Halloween for the third batch of East Anglian ghost stories at Moyse's Hall Museum.

To celebrate the eve of All Hallows, Moyse's Hall is holding an evening of stories from the Eastern counties to chill those bold enough to buy tickets. Do you have the nerve to hear tales old and new in a Norman building by candle light?

Do not worry, the doors will be secured and the bars are still on the windows from when it was a prison. The Victorian gentleman will have the key, so you can relax, do you not think? If you are curious enough to join the event, after the presentation there will be a choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink with nibbles; and a chance to discuss the paranomal... if you dare!

Suitable for 18 years+

Tickets are £10, booking is essential at https://www.whatsonwestsuffolk... or call 01284 758000

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail at Curve Motion - 31st October

Perfect for families, CurveMotion in Bury St Edmunds is hosting a Halloween night to remember! Complete the Trick or Treat trail and see what’s in store when you knock on the final door. This event is suitable for children aged 12 and under, but the skating is open to all ages.

For more information visit

Test Your Skills and Teamwork in a Halloween Escape Room - until November 4

Check out the Halloween Room at The Evidence Room -the first permanent and independent escape room in Bury St Edmunds, offering an innovative array of puzzles and authentic props, designed to test your skills, your teamwork, and your patience!

There's so much more to see and do in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond - check out our guide to Places to Stay and book your break now.