The end of October is fast approaching and with it comes the spookiest day of the year. Halloween.
Whether you’re a party monster or prefer to watch a freaky film, there’s plenty on in Manchester this Halloween to sink your teeth into.
From themed-events ideal for kids to drinks deals and even a Zombie apocalypse for adults, the last couple of weeks in October are set to be packed with freaky happenings for all the family to enjoy.
Here’s our round up of the best events.
Halloween in the City
Manchester will be awash with spooky decorations and pumpkin lanterns, while a mind-bending inflatable monster, will take over one Manchester store courtesy of Bristol-based artist Filthy Luker. Come nightfall some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings including Manchester Town Hall, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and The Printworks will again glow a ghastly green. On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October, the city’s shopping district will host Halloweekend!– a two day family friendly festival. Prepare to be spooked by activities which include a city Trick or Treat hunt, with sweet or scary surprises behind every door, and a Haunted Maze in St Ann’s Square, inviting visitors to try and make it round its gothic pathways without bumping into its creepy creatures. For more information click here.
The Witching Hour at intu Trafford Centre
Evening shoppers are in for a real treat (or a trick!) on the 27 and 28 October as intu Trafford Centre turns into a haunted haven for their Halloween Witching Hour. From 7pm-8pm, a cast of ghastly ghouls and startling spirits will burst across the centre with bags full of comical tricks and treats including beauty giveaways from John Lewis, gift vouchers for The Face Doctor and free Laser Quest tickets.
Halloween Spooktacular at Victoria Warehouse
Manchester’s eerie old industrial space, Victoria Warehouse, is putting on an evening of music and performances with their massive Halloween Spooktacular on the 28th October. Brought to you by Vevo Halloween, big-hitting artists include the recently-announced rap star Rat Boy as well as Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Jonas Blue, JP Cooper and Yungen. Tickets are just £5 and fancy dress is encouraged.
Day of the Dead at Favelas
Trick or Treat? How about both? Favelas cantina will be celebrating the Halloween weekend Day of the Dead in style on Saturday 28th October. There’ll be gloriously good beats on the speakers and devilishly delicious foodie fare. The drinks will be flowing and there’s even a
free bottle of Patron for the best dressed guest. Nice.
Netflix and Kill
Manchester-based creative agency Creative Spark is returning with its annual Little Print Shop of Horrors. Opening in time for Halloween, it’s a joint effort with PR firm We Are Indigo that will be raising money for the Huntington’s Disease Association. Teaming up with 10 illustrators, they’ve each created a print around the freaky theme Netflix and Kill which will then all be displayed at the Seven Brothers MCR between 6-8pm on the 25th October. The event will also feature music from DJ’s as well as a live painting session by David Goodwin from Champion of Art Battle Manchester. It’ll coincide with the launch of their online shop where the bespoke prints will be sold for £20 each.
El Jimador night at Junkyard Golf
This awesome party place on First Street that combines beyond-crazy golf with great food and drink will be ‘putt’-ing some fear into the venue with their themed Halloween event. The special night will run on the 31st October with a Day of the Dead party with el Jimador Tequila. Expect weird cocktails, trippy magicians, deadly creeps and much more.
Laser Quest at Intu Trafford Centre
Are you brave enough to capture a zombie this Halloween? Laser Quest at intu Trafford Centre will be running a Zap the Zombie event from 10am-6pm on October 28th and 29th. It costs just £6.45 per person with getting the chance to nab some great prizes as well as have fun chasing down zombies. The Halloween horrors don’t stop there as Laser Quest will be turning into a Haunted Maze on Halloween itself, with crew members dressing up in terrifying costumes and hiding in the arena to scare players. Taking place from 6p-11pm, it’s set to a Night of Horrors that costs just £4.95 per person per game.
FLICK does Night of The Living Dead
Test our your survival skills in a zombie apocalypse when you become part of the action at the Night of The Living Dead. This frightening event that merges immersive film and theatre with a live action experience will be coming to the Northern Quarter on 31st October courtesy of film event organisation, FLICK. The streets around Stevenson Square will be surrounded by the ‘walking dead’, with Soup Kitchen designated the nearest rescue station in this unique opportunity to be part of a Manchester version of Night of The Living Dead. Tickets cost just £5.
Halloween at Tatton Park
Down in deepest, darkest Cheshire, historic Tatton Park and Hall will be putting on over a week of immersive Halloween-themed events from the 21st to the 29th October. Hosted in one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, they’ll be inviting guests to snoop around the mysterious Old Hall, spot the secret treasures of the last Lord Egerton, get lost in the Mystery Maze or join in with some Creepy Conker fun at the Farm.
Tiger Tiger’s Massive Halloween ‘IT’ Takeover
One of Manchester’s top party places Tiger Tiger is putting on a horrifyingly good Halloween celebration this year which follows the theme of Stephen King’s recent box-office horror hit IT. On Saturday 28th October starting at 8pm, you can come along to the massive Printworks venue to enjoy seven terrifying themed rooms, four DJs, awesome drinks offers and plenty of fancy dress.
Fancy dress and films at historic Victoria Baths
Watch spooky film favourites, eat creepy street food and get your fancy dress on at the atmospheric Victoria Baths this Halloween. Village Screen are coming to the Grade II listed baths on Friday 27th October for an evening of freaky fun. The night is set to include a screening of 90s Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, tunes from DJ Matt Hydes, plenty of street food traders including The Blue Caribou Canteen and Dim Sum Su plus a well stocked bar. Fancy dress is encouraged, and there’ll even be cosy blankets to keep out the chill. Doors open at 4pm, and tickets cost £16 for adults and £12 for children.
Horror at HOME
HOME and Film4 will be reprising their FilmFear event this year with a fearful feast of film screenings from the 26th to the 31st of October. The six days are set to feature a line-up of timeless classics like Psycho and The Shining as well as exclusive horror previews, shorts and special guests. Highlights include previews of the psycho documentary 78/52, British psychological chiller Kaleidoscope and eerie mystery film The Endless. Among the special guests this year are feminist film collective The Final Girls as well as Alexandre O. Phillippe, Rupert Jones and Matt Wilkinson.
Creepy costumes at Be At One
The people behind the fang-tastically famous Be At One bars are raising the spook-factor by transforming their party venues into terrifying taverns across the country. Manchester’s much loved branch close to St Ann’s Square is pulling out all the stops and encouraging partygoers to attend in creepy costumes, with the best dressed winning a wicked £50 bar tab. The popular bar is also calling for guests to bring in their very own carved pumpkin in return for a Basic Witch cocktail, the special Halloween cocktail that’s a concoction of rum, spiced pumpkin liqueur, maple syrup, lemon juice and ginger ale.
The Great Northern Warehouse of Horrors
A ghoulish green light will illuminate the Great Northern Warehouse from the 27th to the 31st of October where you can enjoy an array of freaky food and fizz options, an impressive multiplex cinema and even a calming meditation class to alleviate those Halloween chills. All Star Lanes, the popular tenpin bowling venue, bar and kitchen will make sure you have a super-scary, high-energy Halloween with their themed menu, available until 31st October. Freaky themed specials include the Burger in Black with its toasted charcoal brioche bun, tater tots with a roast pepper Bloody Mary relish and the 28 Daiquiris Later cocktail. A Bottomless Bloody Brunch will run on 28th and 29th October with all-you-can-drink Bloody Marys for just £19 when you buy a brunch dish. Almost Famous will be offering a delicious selection of cocktails to tantalise your terrified taste buds with a 2-4-1 spooky special from 27th to the 31st October. Let off steam hurling axes at Whistle Punks Urban Axe throwing or dance the night away thriller style at the haunted house event at Impossible bar on 31st October.
Fiendish fun and games at The Lowry
For some free and fiendish fun and games, head to the The Lowry complex at Salford Quays from the 21st October until the 29th October. A great day out for families, the venue will be hosting plenty of Halloween themed activities including a Tunnel of Ghosts game, meet and greets with Mr Skeleton, and the terrifying Frightmare Room. You can also tackle the Spooktacular Trail for a chance to be entered into a prize draw to win a family pass to Elf the Musical at the Lowry Theatre.
Day of the Dead at Wahaca
Celebrate Halloween Day of the Dead style at popular Mexican eatery Wahaca in the Corn Exchange. From the 30th October until the 5th of November, the restaurant’s interiors will be festooned with traditional Mexican decorations and they’ll be serving up a fabulous feasting menu of iconic Mexican dishes. The Day of The Dead is Mexico’s biggest celebration so expect to be impressed.
Ghoulishly good offers at Great John Street Hotel
Want to bring in the witching hour in Manchester city centre but need somewhere to stay? The Great John Street Hotel is the ideal place to rest your head for the night over the Halloween period as it offers historic townhouse accommodation in the very centre of the city. The hotel has also got a scarily good midweek getaway offer – a one night stay including afternoon tea for two, champagne on arrival and chocolate and rose petals for just £255. Bed and breakfast with champagne is also available from only £125 per room on select dates.
Halloween Voodoo Burger at Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe will be serving up its most frightening burger ever. The Halloween Voodoo burger consists of Hard Rock’s signature, mouth-watering ½lb burger patty, terrifyingly tasty pulled pork smothered in melted cheese, a Cajun voodoo spiced slice of grilled pumpkin, all served in a deathly-black charcoal bun. It’s the ultimate ghoulish treat this Halloween. Available from 26th – 31st October priced £17.25
Halloween Scare-Fest at Dive
Dive NQ are hosting a Scare-fest party on Friday 27th October for Halloween. Its ‘s evening of special cocktails and shots alongside entertainment including DJ’s. Expect to see a fully kitted out venue with surprise entertainment and music to keep you dancing until 5am. Fancy dress welcome. 50 free tickets before 11pm. £5 after 12am.
Dare you enter The Ghost House at Spinningfields?
From the 27th – 31st October, The Oast House in Spinningfields will be transformed into the frightful Gh-oast House, decorated with pumpkins, ghouls, ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Returning once again to the Curious Teepee is Manchester’s biggest Halloween house party on Saturday 28th October. The free event promises to keep you dancing all night long with live DJ providing entertainment – just don’t forget your costume. Question is, do you dare enter?
The Fairway Inn
Join the Fairway Inn pub on Sunday 29th October for a double-celebration party. The Fairway Inn has recently relaunched after a major refurbishment and to welcome the community to the brand new pub. Mark and the team will be hosting a special Halloween party for the whole family to include pumpkin carving, face painting and ghost storytelling. What’s more, there will be spooktacular fireworks display from 7.30pm so head along and enjoy the weekend festivities.
Freaky meets fine dining when you come to this popular British restaurant this Halloween where they’ll be serving up special cocktails and afternoon tea for the scary season. All the special cocktails are £5 each on 5pm-8pm Tuesday-Friday and all day Sunday. Choose from the likes of Pumpkin Sour, Zombie, Jekyll and Hyde, Lady In White and Black Widow. The themed afternoon tea contains more treats than tricks too with confectionery favourites like battenberg and macaroons included. It’s available with tea or coffee for £18, or with champagne for £25.