Suffolk gets into the Halloween spirit with series of spooky events

Ufford Crown Pumkin caving competition

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Suffolk certainly got into the Halloween spirit on Saturday as people dressed up for a number of events for the occasion.

In Felixstowe a glow walk in aid of East Anglia’s Childrens’ Hospices went down a storm with more than 300 people turning up.

Fundraiser Patsy Johnson-Cisse said it was an excellent turn-out for a new event.

“It’s our first Halloween walk in Felixstowe organised by our Felixstow Friends which are a new fundraising group,” she said.

“The feedback from the families has been amazing. To see all the little kids walking along, it was amazing.”

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She added around £4,000 is thought to have been raised for EACH by the walk, and thanked all the people and businesses who got behind what will now become an annual event.

More than 500 people are believed to have gone along to a new Halloween event in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.

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The gardens were given a ghostly makeover, with craft activities, including pumpkin carving, and various rides.

The event was organised by St Edmundsbury Borough Council with support from sponsors Abbeycroft Leisure and Musker McIntyre estate agents.

A council spokesman said: “This was the first time we have run a Ghostly Gardens event and it was amazing to see so many people coming in to celebrate Halloween.

“Thanks to our sponsors we were able to put on a range of activities, some of which sold out very quickly and were much enjoyed by all ages.”

As part of the Healthy High Street project in Ipswich members of staff at Marks and Spencer donned fancy dress to help raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A green-themed walk ending at the Christchurch Park fireworks helped to raise money for the NSPCC’s Schools Service.

The Go Green for Halloween walk also raised awareness for the charity which aims to visit every primary school in the country every two years to educated children about abuse and give safeguarding advice.

At the Ufford Crown entries to this year’s pumpkin carving competition were described as brilliant by landlady Polly Durrant.

“We had 25 entries which is great for a small village pub; it’s growing in popularity every year,” she said.

“It’s quite a nice way of bringing everyone together. There were some brilliant entries, we were really impressed.

Money raised from event entries will be donated to EACH.

In Ipswich’s Holywells Park children were able to enjoy face painting, monster making and more at a special Halloween fun day.

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