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Manchester gets spooktacular in October as Halloween in the City Returns

A giant rooftop monster invasion, Trick or Treat trail and skeleton display.

Spooky screenings, a mad science castle, creepy carnival and poisonous maze!

Travel to Manchester (if you dare) for a weekend party filled with frights and delights at Halloween in the City.

The celebration is hosted by the city centre’s Business Improvement District, Manchester BID,  the city-wide celebration will return for 2019 with the spookiest line-up to date,

Filled with fun and horrifyingly activities the entire family can enjoy.

The impressive inflatable monsters, courtesy of Bristol-based artist Filthy Luker, will return from Friday 25th – Thursday 31st October, ready to invade the city’s rooftops.


Beware as the creatures peep from windows, hide in trees and even climb up buildings!


Manchester’s mad-for-it scientist, Dr Graphena Mancenstein (and her monster, Liam) in the remains of their shattered Mad Science Castle.


Walk through the grounds and explore the Poisonous Maze, where you can expect to be shuddering in your boots at the sight of crawling vines, enchanted statues, monstrous creatures and deadly, walking and talking bushes too.

Halloween Manchester, Town Hall
Halloween Manchester, Town Hall in a green glow.

Witches and monsters are welcome as Z Arts offering up a taste of the exhibition, A World Inside a Book – Gruffalos, Dragons and Other Creatures, dedicated to popular children’s author, Julia Donaldson.

Meet some of her best-loved characters and enjoy magical storytelling sessions of Room on the Broom at Manchester Arndale.

Try not to tremor with terror as the Grimm Rita’s Creepy Carnival takes spectral twists and turns along New Cathedral Street.

A family-friendly freakshow bursting with ghoulish delights including street performers, sideshow stalls and a traditional Helter Skelter.

Trick or Treat Trail will have you screaming with excitement at as you discover trick or treat houses, scattered across the city, hiding a monster in each, waiting to greet you.

Halloween Manchester, Business Improvement District
Halloween Manchester, Business Improvement District

A must-see is a bone-jangling performance by The Strolling Bones featuring skeleton puppets, stilt walkers, unicycle performers, a five-piece band and dancers all led by the terrifying Grimm Rita.

Get into the Halloween spirit and catch a screening of CBBC and CBeebies’ Halloween specials inside a spooky tent. Take part in exclusive workshops and snap a creepy photo with popular children’s TV characters over the weekend.

Halloween Manchester, Business Improvement District
Halloween Manchester, Business Improvement District

Manchester streets also get a Halloween makeover as thousands of pumpkin lanterns guard over the city. Come nightfall, some of the city’s most iconic buildings will be illuminated in a ghastly green.

For the event, updates follow @halloweenMCR and like /halloweenMCR

Halloween in the City
Manchester city centre
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2019



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