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Culture: Say hello to Hallowe'en says Debbie Rodman

Big orange pumpkin with autumn leaves at sunset (4593455)
Big orange pumpkin with autumn leaves at sunset (4593455)

Tales of ghostly apparitions, spectres and monks promise to get you chilled to the core if you join the Ghostly and Macabre Walk around Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday, October 31.

For adults and children aged 14 and above, it takes place between 6.30 and 8pm. Contact 01284 764667 for more information.

A real family event, the Pumpkin Festival at Brandon Country Park is in its fourth year.

Enjoy pumpkin carving, a strange animals stall, dance demos, music, or take to the spooky woodland trail.

There’s a Hallowe’en fancy dress competition for youngsters, as well as face painting, slime making, storytelling and more.

Organised by the Brandon Community Collaboration, it is being held on Friday, October 26, 11am-3pm. More details can be found at whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk or call 01284 758000.

How brave are you feeling? Will your nerves stand an hour-long immersive Hallowe’en experience?

Well you can put yourself to the test by visiting Scaresville at Kentwell Hall between now and November 3.

In almost complete darkness explore the haunted village and expect ghosts, ghouls and strange creatures.

One for the adults, be warned it’s not for the faint-hearted, squeamish, pregnant, claustrophobic or frail!

Booking’s essential, by calling 01787 310207 or visiting scaresville@kentwell.co.uk

A new pumpkin patch on the scene for this year is one in aid of a local charity.

GeeWizz founder Gina Long and her husband Andrew have devoted three acres of land at their farm, Hall Farm in Fornham All Saints, so children can go and choose their own pumpkins.

“It’s been a personal ambition to open our own GeeWizz Pumpkin Patch having seen my own children loving every second that we spent choosing their own pumpkins when we lived in California 25 years ago,” explained Gina. “It’s simply a fun way for families to be together, showing the children how the pumpkins are grown, for them to understand and see first-hand where their pumpkins come from at Hall Farm.”

There will also be a maize maze and other Hallowe’en festivities for the whole family to enjoy.

GeeWizz provides specialist equipment to children, young adults and their families living with a life-threatening condition, a disability or cancer.

The pumpkin patch and maize maze will be open from October 20 to 28, 10am-4pm.

Join the Pre-War Post-War Zombie Apocalypse at Snakehall Farm in Reach.

The freaky ghost walk fundraiser takes place on Saturday, October 18 with walks between 7pm and 10pm.

The Prospect Trust runs the 18-acre care farm supporting people with additional needs.

Book your walk at eventbrite.co.uk.

Pumpkins, a maize maze in the shape of a scarecrow, donkey rides, craft tent, storyteller and more. . . it’s all on offer at Undley Farm in Beck Row.

Sally and Anthony Pooley have been growing pumpkins for 18 years and running the pumpkin patch for more than a decade. Sally said: “The children love the pumpkin patch. It allows them to let off steam – there aren’t many places it is safe to let them run around and have fun.”

Let the children burn off some energy on the range of inflatables, including a farmyard obstacle course, pumpkin and ‘Last Man Standing’ witches hat, climb straw bales and, on six dates, the Foolhardy Circus Entertainers will be performing shows and offering workshops.

The fun starts this weekend and will be open every weekend in October, 10am-5pm and all of half-term week.


Take the Trail

Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 28


Are you brave enough to follow the spooktastic Hallowe’en trail around Nowton Park and collect the answers to the clues? Get all the answers right and you’ll receive a Halloween treat! Collect your quiz sheet from the Grounds Café for just £1. Booking not necessary.

Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds

IP29 5LU


Hocus Pocus

Monday, October 22


The three witches you love to hate are back and more magical that ever, flying high in this wicked Halloween Pantomime. Magical illusions, pop songs and things that go bump in the night all form the essential ingredients of this bewitching plot, sure to delight youngsters and adults alike. A ghoulishly spooktacular parody production for this year’s October half term that will leave you spellbound.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD


Pumpkin Parade

Saturday, October 27

St Nicholas Hospice Care is holding a 1km pumpkin parade walk around its grounds which will be specially decorated for the occasion. Pumpkin-themed fancy dress is also encouraged! Admission is £5 per child which all goes to support this fantastic local charity.

St Nicholas Hospice Care, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds IP33 2QY


School of Sorcery

Saturday, October 20- Sunday, October 28

Morning and afternoon sessions

This Hallowe’en, Kentwell’s School of Sorcery and Magic will again be accepting new students. Bring your children for a morning, or afternoon, of fun filled magical learning and take part in the Sorcery Games as you meet interesting characters who will set you Hallowe’en inspired challenges.

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury CO10 9BA


Terrifying treats

Tuesday and Saturday, October 23 & 27

Join the award-winning team at ICE Cook School for a magical morning of ghoulish cooking and terrifying treats.

ICE Cook School, 2 Lundy Court, Rougham Industrial Estate,

Bury St Edmunds IP30 9ND


Creative Crafts

Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, Octobe 28


Join the National Trust team at Ickworth this half term for a seasonal crafts day where the little ones can make some creepy creations including bat mobiles and stick spider webs!

Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE


Night of the Skating Dead

Friday, October 26


Get your skates on, dress up and join in with games, music and a light show at Curve Motion in Bury St Edmunds.


Hallowe’en trick or treat trail

Wednesday, October 31


Family fun for youngsters 12 and under at Curve Motion,

Bury St Edmunds


Siam Hall Spooky Pumpkins

Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 28


Pick your own pumpkins, carve them and take along a picnic to have while you enjoy different activities at Siam Hall, Boxford, Sudbury.