Whether your idea of a happy Halloween is a gentle bump in the night, a gripping macabre fairytale, or a full throated, blood-curdling scream; Manchester has long been shrieks ahead when it comes to throwing do both delightful and diabolical. Throughout the city kids and adults alike will dial the drama up to ten, for an exhilarating evening of tricks, treats, pranks and panic. Here’s our ghoulish guide to the best on offer:
Halloween in the City
Manchester will be overrun by monsters once again this Halloween as the city prepares to welcome a frightful number of fearsome (but friendly) beasts to the city’s streets. Now established as one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the UK, this year’s Halloween in the City festival, organised by Manchester Business Improvement District, aims to be the most monstrous yet. A monster line-up of new activities and experiences over the Halloween weekend – October 30 and 31 – include a welcome procession of roaming monsters, a monster carnival, top monster bands, monsters DJs, and a monstrous photo trail across the city.
Scare Skate, Manchester
A monster ice rink is also coming to Manchester city centre as part of Halloween in the City. Cathedral Gardens will host Scare Skate – an invasion of ice-skating spooks on its biggest ever outdoor ice rink. The spooktacular rink will be complete with Halloween-themed music and lighting, while a band of ghoulish skating monsters will join skaters on the ice every hour. With fancy dress encouraged, the brand-new event promises to bring ‘frightfully good fun to half term festivities’.
Big Top Halloween Spooktacular, Trafford
Gandeys Circus is bringing a brand-new ‘action-packed legendary’ Halloween Spooktacular Big Top show for all the family. The event will run outside The Great Hall at the Trafford Centre, from October 15 to 31. From the thrill acts to the big production numbers Gandeys are famous for, it promises to have families ‘on the edge of your seat with excitement, rolling in the aisles with laughter, and hiding under your coats from the spooky thrills’. For tickets, from £14, visit the website, or see the Facebook page here for more details.
Spooky Cinema Screenings at King Street Townhouse
Hidden underneath the city’s streets, King Street Towhouse’s screening room is the ultimate destination for a ghoulish night in. This year, they’ll be showing a collection of spooky Halloween screenings between Friday 29th October and Sunday 31st October. From scary cult classics including IT and a Nightmare on Elm Street to family favourites Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice.

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