Halloween Happenings Guide 2019!

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 - 4th October - 2nd November

Running daily at Kentwell Hall from 4th October - 2nd 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 £21.95 and are available at

Halloween Trail at Nowton Park - 19th - 27th October 

Are you brave enough to follow the spooktastic trail around Nowton Park and collect the answers to the clues? Get all the answers right and you’ll receive a treat! 

The park is open from 10am-3.30pm, with trail tickets just £1 (quiz sheets are available from the Grounds Cafe). 

Halloween Family Festival - 19th - 27th October

Kentwell’s School of Sorcery and Magic will again be welcoming new students for the Halloween intake. Bring your family for a morning or afternoon of fun-filled magical learning!

The witches, wizards, tutors and professors will teach you how to do all manner of magical things in their various classes, including making your own wand, and learning how to use it, and collect stamps to add to your report card for when you visit the Headmaster!

As well as all of these hands-on activities, you are invited to take part in the other halloween inspired challenges for you all to join in with.

The event is based in and around Kentwell's historic Moat House, and acres of gardens and grounds. This event is now in its seventh year - every year you will find something new and exciting to join in with. Kentwell's School of Sorcery, brought to you by the creators of Scaresville, doesn't like to stand still!

Dress up in your favourite Halloween outfits, or come in outfits suitable for the School of Sorcery, for double the fun - but make sure you are wrapped up warm underneath them, and feel free to wear your magical wellies, as most of the activities will be outside.

For tickets, visit

A Kids Club Cooking Halloween Special - 22nd October 

Kids of all ages love to cook and at ICE Cook School they’ll be in good company!  

Children from 8 to 16 are invited to join the award winning Chefs for a magical morning of ghoulish cooking and terrifying treats.  Boiling ice cold water and making shrunken pumpkin heads to name but a few of the treats that will be in store (and of course the odd trick as well!) 

This popular and fun-filled class leaves your child full of a sense of achievement and pride. They will produce dishes they never thought they could all under the watchful eye of our Chefs. Due to insurance conditions all children must be accompanied by an adult during this class.

The class includes two-hour class tuition, refreshments throughout the day and the dishes you made to take home.

Crafty Kids Halloween Special - 23rd October

Come and join The Crafty Foxes upstairs in The Apex for a crafty afternoon of fun between 2pm - 3.30pm.

Suitable for ages 7 upwards, kids will love making a Halloween lantern and monster window decorations. Children are advised to wear old clothes as paint will be used, Halloween fancy dress is welcome!

Tickets are £15 and include a juice and a biscuit. To book call 01284 758000 or visit

Pumpkin Carving at Nowton Park - 23rd October

Enjoy traditional pumpkin carving at Nowton Park - Pick your pumpkin, hollow out the middle and choose a scary Halloween template, or create your own design, to make the perfect Jack-O’-Lantern.

This event will take place at the Walled Garden in Nowton Park - Wear suitable clothing for outdoor activities as the event will continue in all weathers.

Suitable for ages 5+; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Times: 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, tickets are £4 per pumpkin

Booking is essential on 01284 758000 or visit

Venue: The Walled Garden, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds

Pumpkin Fest - 25th October 

Head to Brandon Country Park and try your hand at pumpkin carving, watch a magic show, take part in crafts, watch dance demonstrations and explore the spooky woodland trail. Enter the Halloween dress up competition, have your face painted and enjoy a variety of stalls around the walled garden and beyond. 

There will be a selection of stalls including Galore (soaps, candles and bathbombs), MeeZeeMoo Crafts, Hayley's Sweets and The Creative Station, which will have pay per play activities including Slime Making.

Tickets are £2 (entry only), pumpkin carving £2.50. Under 4's get free entry but must have a ticket and must pay to attend pumpkin carving.

Booking is essential on 01284 758000 or visit

Scarecrow Making Day - 26th October

Enjoy a fun filled day building a scarecrow for Halloween at Field of Dreams Farm. 

With a pumpkin as a head, straw for padding, baby clothes for your scarecrow to wear ... you are guaranteed to design yourself an amazing scarecrow just in time for Halloween! There will be a best scarecrow competition at the end of the day too!

£12.50 per scarecrow (Bring as many helpers as you can or design one each!)

Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day. The animal area will also be open to the public (extra charge on the day). 

Pumpkins in the Park - 26th October

Explore Clare Castle Country Park, starting at the Old Goods Shed, following the map through the Country Park and finish at the Social Club.

Trail maps are just £2, fancy dress is optional. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available at the social club after the trail, along with pumpkin carving too!

Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal Ghost Tour - 30th October

Head to Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal for a brand new access-all-areas tour with a dark twist…

Your guide will tell you about the more macabre, sinister side of the theatre’s history and it’s a very different experience in the dark.

Unexplained apparitions, theatrical superstitions, tales of tragedy and more, but beware – all may not be as it seems…

Please note: this tour includes navigating many staircases, and some areas of confined space. Due to the content of the tour, the recommended minimum age is 12+, sections of the tour take place in very low light.

Two of the tours are already fully booked, so don't hang about to book your place on the 10pm tour!

Book online at

Spooktastic Event of the Year - 31st October

Join the arc shopping centre team on Thursday 31st October between 3pm - 6.30pm as they host the most spooktastic event of the year!

There will be lots of FREE family fun, including Halloween games, crafts , storytelling,a trail around the shopping centre – Plus a lucky dip Spinning Wheel with fantastic prizes to be won!

The fun doesn't stop there... They will be hosting arc's very first Pumpkin Pageant! It's simple to enter, bring along your amazing pumpkin creation, and their team of judges will be on hand to pick the top three - Their winners will be rewarded with spooktastic prizes!

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.

Halloween Party at The Tavern on St John's - 31st October

One for the grown ups! The Tavern on St John's will be hosting a spooky Halloween party with live DJ playing all the best Halloween party songs. There will be Halloween themed food & drink deals and fancy dress is optional ( but highly preferable  as all the staff will be dressed up) 

Starting at 9pm and continuing through till 12am – food will be served until 9pm so arrive early and make a night of it!

Halloween Charity Grand Prix

Looking for something really different to do on Halloween? Why not take part in the Red Lodge Karting Halloween Open Race? Put on your brave pants and raise some funds for the Liam Fairhurst Foundation. Compete in their fleet of fast Corporate GX270 Karts (up to 60 miles/hour) for a 35 lap spin on the Full Red Lodge circuit under floodlights. Spooky!

For more information and to book visit

Terrifically Terrifying Tales - 1st November

This autumn, get into the spooky spirit with two new ghost stories performed live in Ickworth Hall’s West Wing Gallery.

Discover the fate of a ‘down on his luck’ traveller, then jump into the world of the East Anglian Ghost dog and those who go looking for it.

Children aged 12 - 18 are welcome at this event.

Tickets: Adults £12.50, children £10.50, available online at

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.

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