Spooky time for children and families visiting the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, near Stowmarket

Halloween Hoot at the Stonham Owl Sanctuary.

Halloween Hoot at the Stonham Owl Sanctuary. - Credit: Archant

Ghosts and ghouls, vampires and witches – it was Halloween time at the county’s premier centre for injured birds of prey at the weekend.

Halloween Hoot at the Stonham Owl Sanctuary.
Catherine Irving at the Screech Owl Inn.

Halloween Hoot at the Stonham Owl Sanctuary. Catherine Irving at the Screech Owl Inn. - Credit: Archant

The Halloween Hoot at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in Stonham Barns, near Stowmarket, featured the haunted hotel and the tombstone trail – with its birds of prey also being displayed in public demonstrations.

Halloween Hoot at the Stonham Owl Sanctuary.
Olivia and Samuel Spratt.

Halloween Hoot at the Stonham Owl Sanctuary. Olivia and Samuel Spratt. - Credit: Archant

Catherine Irving, from the centre, said: “It went very well; we had the tombstone trail in the woodland, there were clues which people were invited to solve – with little prizes then handed out in reception.

Halloween Hoot at the Stonham Owl Sanctuary.
Marleen Mertens and Cosima Booth on the woodland trail

Halloween Hoot at the Stonham Owl Sanctuary. Marleen Mertens and Cosima Booth on the woodland trail. - Credit: Archant

“They could have a little drink – vampire’s blood or witch’s brew.”

There was also bobbing for apples and a chance to create a Halloween lantern.


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On Saturday, current and former armed forces personnel can get free admission to the centre during its Owls for Heroes Day.

The event will run between 10am-4.30pm with Help for Heroes merchandise and tea and cakes on offer.

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Proceeds will go to the Armed Forces personnel charity.

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