Trick and Treating may not be the same this year but don’t fear Halloween hasn’t been cancelled just yet. There’s plenty of scary events to sink your fangs into throughout October. From wild woodland walks, ghost tours and fright nights, pre-book your visit to the region’s Halloween events.
Fright Night at the Museum, 28-31 October
National Horse Racing Museum, Palace St, Newmarket CB8 8EP
Newly opened and rebranded the National Horse Racing Museum is opening its doors after hours for two Fright Night experiences. The family friendly event takes place 28-30 October, where visitors are encouraged to dress up, join the torchlit tour and watch history come to life. Children can win a goody bag and take home a craft kit. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children.
For something a bit scarier, the Fright Night on 30 and 31 October will see the museum dressed as a set for a horror movie, both indoor and across the 5-acre site. Tickets cost £15 for adults, or £10 for adults in fancy dress, £2.50 for children under 16, or free to children under 16 in fancy dress. After the spooky festivities, visitors can warm up with a mulled wine or boozy hot chocolate. Book at www.horseracingmuseum.org
Halloween at Kentwell Hall, 24 October – 1 November
Long Melford, Sudbury CO10 9BA
A great day out for little monsters, children can explore the spooky zones around Kentwell Hall’s gardens and grounds for immersive Halloween fun. There’s challenges and activities for children aged 3 to 14 years. Advance booking is essential. www.kentwell.co.uk/events/halloweenies
Halloween Family Trail, 24 October – 1 November
Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG
As days grow shorter and the nights get longer, families can uncover beastly facts and see the spooky sights of Marks Hall Estate on the Halloween Family Trail. Families can solve the creepy clues and claim their munchkin pumpkin prize to take home. The event is suitable for ages 5-12 years. Entry £2 per child, £6 adults. www.markshall.org.uk
Ghost Tours at Framlingham Castle, 28 -31 October
Church St, Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13 9BP
Join storytellers as they guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted. Tours are suitable for over 16s and don’t forget to bring your torch! Book at www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle/
Spooky Woodland Walks, 29 – 31 October
Audley End House & Gardens, Essex and Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
Walks take place at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm
As the days grow shorter and the nights get longer, bring your family to join the ghost-hunting storytellers on a trip through the woodland trail. With well-told tales full of spooky, strange and silly goings-on, this Halloween walk is sure to get you into the spirit of the season. This is an outdoor tour, therefore suitable clothes and footwear is advised. More information at www.english-heritage.org.uk
Spooky Saxons, 24 October – 1 November
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Icklingham Rd, Bury St Edmunds
Go along to the West Stow Anglo Saxon Village and you will find some half-term horrors lurking behind corners for unsuspecting visitors. Take part in the Spooky Saxons fun family activities including quizzes and stories and a witchy workshop.
The site of an early Anglo-Saxon village, occupied from AD 420-650, over 400 years before the Norman Conquest, West Stow is one of England’s great archaeological sites. Explore the recreated Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of unspoilt countryside and discover more about village life some 1,500 years ago in the indoor galleries. Watch a film, dress up as an Anglo-Saxon and ‘meet’ the rare breed pigs and chickens. West Stow will also be hosting The Real Middle-Earth Tour on Sunday, 25 October starting at 1pm. Admission: adult £6; child £3. Book at www.weststow.org/Anglo-Saxon-Village
Crafty Foxes Halloween Workshops, 30 and 31 October
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Join The Crafty Foxes for a spooky Halloween workshop at The Apex. On Friday, 30 October children aged seven plus can paint a pumpkin using bright colours of their choice. Parents can drop and shop as space is limited, collecting their child and the decorated pumpkin after the session ends.
The next day’s family Spooky Halloween workshop, Saturday, 31 October, is a fun session for children under seven accompanied by one parent or guardian. Youngsters can try their hand at making a spooky bat, ghostly treat or monster lantern. Tickets for both workshops are £15 per child including a cold drink and biscuit. Old clothes or Halloween fancy dress recommended. Book online at www.theapex.co.uk
Ghostly and Macabre Guided Walks uncover eerie secrets from 30 October
Bury St Edmunds
Discover ghostly secrets and uncover spine-tingling tales about Bury St Edmunds eerie goings-on by joining the Ghostly and Macabre guided walk around the Suffolk town held on various dates on dark autumn and winter evenings between 30 October and the end of March. Lasting 90 minutes, the Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides will take you on a haunted journey with ghostly stories of murder, riots, plague, witchcraft and a mummified cat, with chills and thrills galore.
The walk starts at Moyse’s Hall Museum; once a workhouse and gaol, the medieval building has been the focus of ghost tales for centuries. The oldest dates back to 1328 and has tales of ghostly sightings and shrieks. Your guide will then lead you through the darkened streets telling 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 cemetery. Book a place if you dare…
Tour priced at £7 per person and how to book are shown at www.burystedmundstourguides.org