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Last Updated on October 10, 2023. Written by Our Bury.

More Treats than Tricks in Bury St Edmunds this Autumn

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Autumn can bring a chill in the air – and not just because of Halloween on October 31st

A visit to what’s been described as one of the most haunted towns in England is a must this Autumn.  This year as you tread cautiously through the historic streets of Bury St Edmunds from Friday 13th October there’ll even be a free, spooky Halloween trail to offer you hair-raising fun and the chance to win a prize.  Find all the details on the town’s LoyalFree app.

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Why not start your trail by stocking up on sweets for Trick or Treaters – and where better to do so than Mr Simms sweet shop on the Buttermarket? Whether you’re after chocolate pumpkins, or boxes of sweets to fill those trick or treat buckets on the night – you’ll find them here.

Did you know that between 10 and 15 million pumpkins are grown in the UK each year and that we spend close to £30million pounds on them for Halloween? That’s a lot of pumpkins so it’s no wonder that it’s a delicious Autumn flavour to add to our favourite hot or cold drinks and in Bury St Edmunds town centre there’s a wickedly wonderful choice of places to try them.  

Pop along to The Lounge and Garden in Hatter Street where you’ll find pumpkin spiced coffee thick shakes or a pumpkin spiced latte. Whether you choose hot or iced you’ll also find pumpkin spiced latte in St Johns Street at Bay Tree Café where Eddie the spooky spider adds to the atmosphere.  And a couple of doors up the road at Midgar Coffee, not only will you find whipped cream and nutmeg on your pumpkin spiced latte but you can also enjoy a pumpkin spice sticky bun to go with it.

Staying in St Johns Street you’ll find many of the independent businesses there have ramped up their window displays with the very best the season has to offer.  And don’t forget to seek out the Halloween Trail QR codes among the cobwebs for participants in the Trivia Trail where – if you take part up to October 31st – you might win a prize. Wicked window decorations include 3 Cats Vintage and Dance & Party CrazyPeck and Cookie Barista may also cast their spell over you.

You won’t need to wait for the witching hour for your Halloween-themed cocktails if you visit Verve on Woolhall Street.  Try a pumpkin spiced Martini which is also available as part of the Thursday two-course and a cocktail set menu for £25. And for more autumn flavoured cocktails Hunter Club on St Andrews Street South has Pumpkin Spice White Russian and Fall Punch to name but two on the menu.

If you’re still looking for a fix of fright and the ‘Ghost Stories by Candlelight’ on Friday 13th at Theatre Royal didn’t leave you looking nervously over your shoulder then why not book for ‘The Women They Called Witches’ on October 22 or horror classic ‘Frankenstein’ which opens on Halloween itself.  Just across the road you’ll find the Greene King Beer Café where you’ll find regular favourites and maybe some of the seasonal ales to suit the time of year. 

For a stunning autumn window display why not head to Buy The Light in Whiting Street? How many witches can you spot? And do look out for the adorable knitted pumpkins as well as the seasonal flavour of the month orange and anise.

Still feeling peckish for pumpkin?  Among the whole host of spooky treats at Crumbs in High Baxter Street including deliciously gruesome severed fingers you’ll also find yum-kin pumpkin cheesecake. And they’ve partnered with Queens’s Bar and Grill in Churchgate Street to offer the afternoon ‘afterlife’ tea on Saturdays with a selection of goodies to die for.  Or try the Halloween afternoon tea with Devilled eggs and Bloody Mary Soup as well as other treats from the Autumnal cupboard at Procopio’s Pantry in Langton Place.

When you’re ready to set out onto our Halloween Trail again there are a few more places that you might want to in-spectre including Hazells in Short Brackland and Hughes in Brentgovel Street.  In St Andrews Street South look for Denny Bros Supplies and Shuffle Board Game Café.  Make no bones about Waterstones in arc Shopping Centre and no need to wait for moonlight to visit Luna House Boutique in the Buttermarket.

And remember to download the LoyalFree app, visit www.ourburystedmunds.com or follow our social media channels so you don’t miss a trick (or treat).