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Halloween Horror in Greater Manchester

7 October 2019 | Maisy Farren

It’s spooky season in Manchester! Grab tickets before they sell out, leaving you plenty of time to plan your costume.


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Hunt for monsters in Manchester city centre
 
Each year, conveniently always around Halloween, an invasion of inflatable monsters descends on the city’s most famous landmarks. Follow the public trail around the Arndale centre, Printworks, Spinningfields and beyond to find them all, posting snaps with the hashtag #MCRMonsters. Be sure to keep an eye out for the pumpkin lanterns whilst you’re at it! 
 
25 – 31 October, Manchester City Centre 

Head down to Halloween in the City
 
Taking over Manchester city centre the weekend before Halloween (26 – 27 October) is Halloween in the City, a yearly Spooktacular for kids and grown-ups alike. Here you can enter the spooky tent to watch CBeebies and CBBC kids screenings, explore Dr. Graphena Mancenstein’s castle ruins or see The Strolling Bones parade at the Creepy Carnival. If you want to carve a Jack o’Lantern but hate the idea of Pumpkin guts spilling out all over your tidy kitchen then head down for a Family Pumpkin Carving session. You can even head out and pick your own pumpkin close by in Warrington! 
 
26 – 27 October, Manchester City Centre 

Spot a petrifying pup!
 
Easily taking the (doggy) biscuit for our favourite Halloween 2019 event, be sure to pop down to The Oast House on 27 October (2-4pm) to view a Halloween Costume Competition… for dogs! It costs £5 to register your Halloween hound, with all profits going to Dogs4Rescue. You’re invited to dress up to mach your beloved bowow, and there’s prizes going for most original costume, the spookiest pooch and the most impressive dog trick! Go down to watch or register your dog to compete. The terms and conditions do explicitly state that only dogs can compete, so sadly your creepy black cats will have to stay home. 
 
27 October, The Oast House 


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Catch a spooky screening at HOME
 
Now in its fourth year, Film4 presents FilmFear at Manchester’s favourite independent arts centre, Home. Showing mainly classic horror films and a handful of modern, independent films, these screenings are a great chance to get into the spooky spirit. They even have a family screening of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, however Anjelica Huston’s portrayal of The Grand High Witch certainly gave us nightmares for the entirety of the 90s so show to your children with caution…! 
 
27 October – 3 November, HOME 

Brave Halloween-Land, Manchester’s 18+ Halloween festival
 
If a Halloween event is strictly 18+ then you should know it’s going to be scary. No kids allowed here, where drinking and demons are celebrated with the same fervour. Head to Stretford to find a Festival of the Dead, boasting circus acts, carnival processions and an Oktoberfest drinking grotto. You’ll find fairground rides, a zombie Run, immersive photo opportunities and the walking dead (well, drama students waltzing around in dodgy costumes). It costs £27.67 for a ticket and is the perfect day drinking session for your most passionately Halloween loving friends. 
 
2 – 3 November, Bowlers Exhibition Centre 
 
Fancy enjoying a gig around the spooky season? Check out our guide to Manchester’s Halloween gigs
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