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Arc Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmunds hosts Halloween event for October half-term 2023





Children have been getting into the Halloween spirit at a special half-term event where they rode on broomsticks and got to meet Maleficent.

The Witchcraft Arc-academy at the arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds was a free event organised by Toolbox Marketing– helping to raise money for The Gatehouse Project.

One of the witches running the Arc-academy was Emma King. The Head Witch said: “It has been so busy all day, the good weather has brought people down.”

The Halloween event at the arc in Bury St Edmunds was very popular. Picture: Mark Westley
The Halloween event at the arc in Bury St Edmunds was very popular. Picture: Mark Westley

She continued: “The children have loved it and the parents have got very involved.”

Emma added that many of the boys and girls enjoying the free event in Charter Square yesterday, came dressed as witches and zombies but were reluctant to try the cauldron of rat soup she was brewing in her cauldron.

Ruby Flames with Lily Rangeley aged six. Picture: Mark Westley
Ruby Flames with Lily Rangeley aged six. Picture: Mark Westley
Angelica and Melody Chaloner with mum Kate, Head Witch Emma King, Winnie Daisy Jones and Wynx and Daisy Rushforth.Picture: Mark Westley
Angelica and Melody Chaloner with mum Kate, Head Witch Emma King, Winnie Daisy Jones and Wynx and Daisy Rushforth.Picture: Mark Westley

Shoppers in the Arc may also have spotted Maleficent wandering mysteriously around the arc.

Speaking ahead of the event Allan Hassell, centre manager at arc shopping centre, said: “It is always our aim to give back to our local community with these amazing, free, events.

“Throughout the event we will be encouraging others to do the same by donating whatever they can to our charity of the year, Gatehouse."

Maleficent Ruby Flames with Head Witch Emma King. Picture: Mark Westley
Maleficent Ruby Flames with Head Witch Emma King. Picture: Mark Westley

A La Cart's traditional hot dog stand and the Dog Shack, set up at the event and donated their pitch fees to the charity.