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Halloween events in Suffolk

6 Halloween Events in Suffolk You don't want to miss!

You might think that Suffolk is a place of calm and tranquility, and you wouldn't be wrong. However, come Halloween, beneath the picture-perfect surface lies a shadowy world of spooky tales, bloody histories and ghost stories. Our events are for those who love to be scared to those who prefer a little potion time and wand waving.  Here's a selection of our top six Halloween events for friends, teenagers, families and the little ones. Enjoy some scary fun for all!


Halloween Events at Kentwell Hall
Dressing-up is compulsory in Suffolk (no half-hearted witches or wizards!)

Fright Night at the Museum
26th, 27th and 31st Oct

Have you ever wondered what happens in the museum once the sun has gone down and not a living soul is about? Would you dare to follow a trail of terror to explore the site and find your way around the buildings unguided with just your friends for company? Can you hold your nerve whilst the dark shadows reveal the true goings on?

For the first time, the Museum of East Anglian Life are holding Fright Night at the Museum. The event takes place over three nights in the mysterious buildings located in the grounds - and as things lurk in the dark - this might just be the scariest event of your life!

For more about this spooky event, click here.

Abbot's Hall After Dark_Halloween eventAbbot's Hall 'After Dark'

Bangers and bats
25th Oct

Join Matt at RSPB Minsmere on a guided walk at dusk to spot and hear some of the emerging nocturnal autumnal wildlife including owls, moths and mammals. With bat detectors in hand, spot several species and watch as they emerge from their roosts into the night. 

During your visit, pop into the café for a spot of lunch - a bangers and mash special and warming hot chocolate - until you head out on your bat investigation, which begins at 4.30pm and lasts 2.5 hours.

This special event is hugely popular, so booking is essential. Prices (not including food): Adults £11.25, RSPB members £9, children £5.60, Wildlife Explorers £4.50 plus usual reserve entry fees for non members.

To learn more about bats, book your place here.


Bangers and Bats Halloween event at Minsmere
'Bangers and Bats' Halloween event at RPSB Minsmere

Halloweenies - School for Sorcery at Kentwell Hall
20th - 28th Oct

Halloweenies - School for Sorcery is now in its sixth year and takes place during October Half Term at Kentwell Hall and Gardens.

Produced by the creators of Scaresville; Kentwell’s award winning adult scare attraction, this year they present the Sorcery Games for the first time ever.

The Headmaster invites young witches and wizards to attend the games to gain extra proficiency in the art of sorcery and compete in the challenges.

The School immerses you into a magical world, and the Professors, Witches, Wizards and Tutors will share their secrets of magic, spells, potions and illusions. You can also learn about local dragons, teach a ghost to “scare” or take part in a Broomstick challenge.

Let the 2018 Sorcery Games commence - Good Luck!

All good witches and wizards should click here to find out more!

Kentwell Hall's School of SorceryMagial wonders at Kentwell Hall in the heart of the Suffolk countryside

27th - 28th Oct

At the Felixstowe Steampunk Festival, there are two events: a more family-friendly daytime event or a scary evening event!

Daytime Sat 27 and Sun 28 Oct (1030-1700)

Suitable for all the family with great live music and Steampunk artists ( including a Victorian Phantasmagoria, Ichabod Steam and his Animatronic Band, Burlesque Bombshells, Captain Leaky and his Steampunk van and Slap Ma Girdle Morris), Steampunk Marketplace, children's fun (Victorian magic shows, quiz trail, crafts, working Meccano display), wacky Steampunk games (including High Noon shoot-outs ‘Wild West style’ with Nerf guns, traditional tea duelling and wheelchair jousting), food and bar.

Evening on Sat 27 Oct (1900-2330)
Roll up, roll up - prepare yourself for the weird, wacky, spooky and scary. Dare you enter the haunted Landguard Fort after dark for the ‘Night of the Macabre’? Cabaret show (including The Retro Clones, The Wattingers and Captain of the Lost Waves), Steampunk scarers, spooky lighting, special effects and plenty of surprises! Come prepared to be shocked and scared. No admittance to the evening event for anyone under the age of 14.

We encourage all visitors to attend in their Steampunk finery…

For more wacky information about this event, click here 

Felixstowe Steampunk Festival
The quirky, curious and outrageous Felixstowe Steampunk Festival

31st Oct

Join the Ipswich Tour Guides Association on an evening walk of ghastly stories of dreadful diseases, foul stinks, overflowing graveyards, murder, execution, ghosts and witchcraft. Dare you join us on this spooktacular history walk to discover where it all happened? Dressing up isn’t compulsory, but it’s a lot more fun!

Ipswich's Hauntingly Gruesome Halloween Walk is ideal for children aged 8 to 12 years and their well-behaved adults. Children must be accompanied by a responsible and live adult at all times. No zombie adults allowed!

For gruesome tales, click here for more information.

Christchurch Mansion tour in IpswichHalloween spooky tours around the waterfront town of Ipswich: Christchurch Mansion

22nd - 28th Oct

Fearless souls required for a thrilling family adventure in the spooky and mysterious setting of Framlingham Castle.

Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as you come face to face with the dark side of children's tales. The storytellers reveal chilling tales of the terrifying truth behind the bedtime fairytales you’ve grown to love.

Show off your spooktacular costumes and frighten the fearless staff in their fancy dress competition.

If you love a creepy tale, click here.

Halt term at Framlingham CastleSpooky goings-on at historic Framlingham Castle

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Woolpit Suffolk village signThe folklore behind the Green Children of Woolpit

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