Ghostly encounters across the network

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Words by Harriet Cooper

October can only mean one thing… it’s time to get spooky. From ghoulish walking tours and gruesome science experiments to creepy crafts and spine-chilling storytelling, East Anglia is set to turn terrifying this Halloween.

Here are the best eerie activities, scary attractions and macabre events across the network. Be afraid, be very afraid…

Spooky puppet-making

Norwich Puppet Theatre is running a workshop for two to five-year-olds to make their own scary pop-up puppets. From pumpkins and ghosts to spiders and witches, there’s plenty of opportunity for tots to unleash their creative side. 28 October, 10am–11.30am.

Nearest station: Norwich

Ghost bus tours

London’s gory history is waiting to be discovered on a Ghost Bus Tour of London. Jump aboard the 1960s Routemaster and make your way around the capital, learning all about its tortured souls, ghoulish stories and paranormal activity along the way.

Nearest station: London Liverpool Street

London Routemaster bus

A creepy castle

Norwich Castle’s Like a Bat Out of Hell half-term fun will give kids the chance to explore all things dark and dastardly across the castle’s collections. There’ll be spooky story-telling, a hellish photo-booth, ghoulish fancy-dress and more. 19–26 October.

Nearest station: Norwich

Norwich Castle

The train with tricks and treats

All aboard the Bure Valley Railway for scary family fun on the Spooky Express. Aimed at younger children, there’ll be spooky items to spot along the line, a colouring corner and plenty of Halloween decor to add to the effect.

Plus they’re giving free travel to every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum two children per adult). 19–27 October.

Nearest station: Hoveton & Wroxham

Evil on sea

Aimed at teenagers and above, the new Evil on Sea experience at Clacton pier promises to be a truly hair-raising experience with a trail through the Jolly Roger and thrills and chills from start to finish.

Adventure golf, use of the adult rides and a free drink are also included in the price. Every Friday and Saturday in October, plus 31 October.

Nearest station: Clacton-on-Sea

Clacton pier

A circus spooktacular

The Halloween Spooktacular is back again at Great Yarmouth’s legendary Hippodrome. As ever, the show will be packed full of circus fun with atmospheric sets, jaw-dropping acts and plenty of tricks and treats along the way.

Why not go in full fancy dress to add to the vibe? 19 October–3 November.

Nearest station: Great Yarmouth

Farm park frights

Wands, witches, wizards… Easton Farm Park, near Woodbridge, is going full-on Halloween for young families, with spooky trails, broomstick-making and a creepy quiz with prizes. Plus, of course, the chance to see all the animals. 19–27 October.

Nearest station: Wickham Market

Dastardly dungeons

With 19 haunting tales, two exhilarating rides and a host of notorious characters, The London Dungeon is thrilling all year round.

This Halloween, it promises a whole different level of chill factor with a new exclusive show, The Home of Halloween.

Nearest station: London Liverpool Street

London Dungeon

Candle-lit ghost stories

Head down to Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds (if you dare, and if you’re over 18 years) for a candle-lit evening of storytelling that will chill you to the bone. Afterwards, stick around for a fortifying drink and nibbles, and a chance to discuss the paranormal.

Nearest station: Bury St Edmunds

Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds

Creepy crafts

Join Suffolk-based craft experts The Crafty Foxes for an afternoon of fun at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. You’ll be making a Halloween lantern and monster window decorations, so wear old clothes as paint will be used – or you could come in fancy dress.

Nearest station: Bury St Edmunds

Audley End House of horrors

Are you brave enough to explore Audley End after dark this Halloween? Embark on an eerie adults-only candle-lit tour of the house, as you hear terrifying tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history. This is not for the faint-hearted… 25 & 26 October.

Nearest station: Audley End

Audley End

The grisly guided tour

This one-hour Halloween walking tour takes you around Cambridge’s infamous haunted sites to discover the dark secrets hiding behind every corner.

Feel the chill as you hear real-life tales of haunted pubs, secret graveyards, gruesome hangings and ghostly dogs. 25 October–1 November.

Nearest station: Cambridge

Chills and thrills

Mountfitchet Castle is a reconstructed motte and bailey castle and village, where visitors can roam the 10-acre site and travel back in time over 900 years.

Come Halloween, there’ll also be a fun pumpkin trail, a spooky-themed house to walk through, plus a colouring competition. 26 October–3 November.

Nearest station: Stansted Mountfitchet

The creepy deep

Dive into the creepy deep at Sea Life Great Yarmouth with its annual Ascarium event. Follow the immersive trail to find potions for the Sea Witch, play trick or treat if you dare, and learn about some of the freakiest sea monsters along the way. 12 October–3 November.

Nearest station: Great Yarmouth

Mad science

The Royal Gunpowder Mills will be throwing its doors open for Dr Gore’s Spooky Mad Lab. Join evil Dr Gore and his Mad Lab assistants for science shows and interactive family fun, as well creating your own magic potions and making witches hats.

Nearest station: Waltham Cross

Royal Gunpowder Mills

Fright night

Have you ever wondered what happens in museums when the sun goes down and there’s no-one around? Now you can find out at Fright Night at the Museum at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

But do you have what it takes to navigate your way around the silent, spooky surrounds of this historical site? For ages 16 and over. 25, 27 and 31 October.

Nearest station: Stowmarket

Thrills at the mill

The Tide Mill in Woodbridge has a few skeletons in its closet… or should that be ghosts of the past? The talented theatrical group The Company of Four will be bringing them to life, transforming the dark mill into an exciting and surprising venue. 31 October & 1 November.

Nearest station: Woodbridge