Gruesome grub to murder in Manchester this Halloween


From pumpkin pie to roadkill burgers, Manchester’s fearless when it comes to serving up gruesome grub at Halloween. If you could murder some frightening food this weekend, here’s some terrifying treats to get your fangs into.

Finger Food at Black Dog Ballroom


This Northern Quarter favourite has launched a bone chilling dish just in time for Halloween. Forget pigs in blankets – this perfect seasonal party food is reminiscent of a horror film but just as tasty as customers have come to expect from the diner underneath Affleck’s Palace. The dish – named Severed Finger Food – is mini hot dog sausages wrapped in pastry complete with cheesy fingernails and blood sauce (ketchup!). Mmmmmmmmm. For those looking for something a little bit sweeter, the bar and diner is also serving homemade pumpkin pie all week.

Texas Roadkill Massacre at Almost Famous

Almost Famous

Almost Famous will be running two specials in all restaurants (NQ and Great Northern) from Friday 28th – Monday 31st October. Try a limited edition Texas Roadkill Massacre (£10) –  a Double Famous cheeseburger with assorted dead animal parts (slow cooked bird, sheep, cow, pig), crispy entrails (crispy onions), snouts and trotters (crackling), pigs blood BBQ sauce (spicy red texas style BBQ) and ranch dressing. Give it a Lethal Injection (£15) which is all the above plus a mini rack of ribs, curly fries and a lethal injection syringe filled with extra hot Texas BBQ sauce. Beautiful.

Get your fangs into a Halloween Pancake Challenge at Infamous Diner


If it’s food you’re hunting for, then you’re in the right place – and we bring you some of the most exciting eats in Manchester this Halloween. Dare you try one of the most petrifying pancake eating challenges the city has to offer? Big US-style eatery Infamous Diner are serving up 7 stacks of delicious pancakes, each with a very inventive (and scary!) topping – including Frankenstein’s jelly brain and even candy floss ghosts! Catch it while you can, as this terrifying treat is being unleashed for a limited time only from Saturday 29 till Monday 31 October. If you can munch through this monster in 30 minutes then you escape the £25 price tag!

Try a Terrifying Thai at Busaba


For things savoury, Busaba the popular Thai restaurant in The Printworks is celebrating Monday 31 as Half Moonday – which means 50% off food all day. This is the chance to enjoy authentic cuisine at seriously low prices, plus there will be party games and fun in their brand new bar area.

The Bloody Brunch at All Star Lanes


This big US-style bowling joint, bar and eatery in the Great Northern have rustled up The Bloody Brunch all weekend from 12-4pm which includes limited edition Bloody Marys (or prosecco or craft beer if you prefer) and a bloody big menu! Who would have thought a bowling venue could be so ghoulishly good? There are even cheeky ‘trick or treat’ shots on the lanes!

Pumpkin Carving at Chaophraya


Get stuck into a proper pumpkin carving session amidst the dazzling interiors of Manchester’s much loved Thai restaurant Chaophraya. Carving experts will be ready to help you create the ultimate Halloween pumpkin – whether you want to carve a traditional Jack-o-Lantern or try the most inventive design you can think of! There will be two sittings for the carving – 4pm and 5pm – and these can be booked by calling the reception team. Only 15 places available so book now to get yourself involved in this unique opportunity. Bring your own pumpkin and carving kit! First come, first served.

Get a glimpse into your future with new resident tarot card readers at Corn Exchange

If you’re heading to Corn Exchange for some gruesome grub, you can get a tarot reading in the atrium using one of the oldest forms of fortune telling around. With a long history of weird and wonderful characters, clairvoyant readings have played a big part in the building’s past. £25 for a 30-minute session. Every last Sunday of the month from 1pm – 7pm from Sunday 30 October


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