Halloween in the city. 21-31 October

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Plenty of tricks. Plenty more treats.

Mark the passing of Halloween with ten days of terrifyingly good events. Featuring: horror walks and horror films, spooky sounds and a stupendous spider – and events and offers from the biggest, baddest names in shopping, food and drink.

This October. Manchester city centre.

What's on

On the Street:


(City) Dressing for Halloween

Manchester Lit Green

The city gets into the spooky swing of things this October. Over 4,000 pumpkin lanterns will stand guard in the trees: from the shopping district to the Corn Exchange, Spinningfields, Manchester Central and Great Northern Warehouse. Look out for Halloween-themed window displays in the city’s shops, too, as they spread like a dark stain across the city centre…


City Buildings Go Green for Halloween

Manchester Lit Green

Manchester Town Hall, Selfridges, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Manchester Arndale, Manchester Central, National Football Museum, Mediacom, The Lowry and Lancashire Country Cricket Club all turn their buildings an eerie, lit green for Halloween. Follow the glow around the city…


The Party Delights Photo Booth

Take a spooky selfie with your mates in the Party Delights Halloween photo booth. Dive into the Halloween fancy dress box and pull your best freaky face for some sinister snaps you can take home and keep!



Market Street Cemetery Gate & Sound Trail

Overnight, a sinister set of cemetery gates appears on Market Street. It towers over shoppers as they pass onto the city’s most popular thoroughfare, the sounds of wolves howling and witches cackling biting at their heels. Check out Manchester’s first spooky sound trail, if you dare…


Travelling Light Circus presents: Creatures of the Crypt

Market Street becomes Market Creep as the nights draw in and creatures of the cemetery come out to play. Pass the gatekeeper and guarding grave diggers to enter into an underworld of Gothic characters… Dare you say hello? They might not look it, but these are friendly ghosts.

Pop-up performances, 12pm-5pm from Market Street to Deansgate


The Spider Attacks! – supported by Renaissance Manchester


Arachnophobes look away now (or just rock quietly in a corner): a giant, animatronic spider stalks Manchester’s shopping streets. And it’s looking for families to play with… Keep an eye out for this ten-foot monster as you’re out and about. Don’t worry, though. He won’t bite..

12-4pm, moving between St. Ann’s Square, New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square.

Supported by Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel


Bostin Brass New Orleans Travelling Band – supported by Albert Schloss


Join the mourners led by Make A Scene’s hostess Grace Oni-Smith as the procession moves through the streets. Follow the traditional Deep South rhythms of Bostin Brass as hymns and dirges break loose into hot jazz and dancing, as we celebrate life (and death) with music.

12-2pm, moving between Market Street and Deansgate. Followed by 2pm performance at Albert Schloss, Peter Street.

Supported by Albert Schloss 

Shaune Harrison Academy Movie Makeovers


Prosthetics magicians from the Shaune Harrison Academy showcase their movie makeovers in spectacular spooky style. The team from the state-of-the-art academy at MediaCity has worked on some of the biggest films in history: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Captain America, Avengers: Age of Ultron, World War Z and Sleepy Hollow to name a few. Discover the tricks of their trade for yourself.

12noon – 5pm


Halloween Face Painting

Free face-painting for your little ghouls, goblins and ghosts.



Wild Rumpus presents: Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop


The geniuses behind Just So Festival return to the city for another one-off family adventure. Within the Manchester that you know so well lies Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop, an intriguing and mysterious establishment which can be accessed for the first time in 421 years.

Follow the haunted historic map to track down clues, surprising happenings and curious characters in unexpected locations. Crack the code to gain entry to the strange and unusual world of Dr John Dee, advisor to Queen Elizabeth I and extraordinary renaissance scientist, magician, alchemist, astrologer, astronomer, occultist and spy – one of the greatest minds of the 16th century and warden of the college that is now Chetham’s Library. Discover an intimate and spine-tingling palace of curiosities that will change the way you see the city. Forever.

Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop takes place across the shopping streets, with entry to Dr Dee’s Curiosity Shop, located in the Manchester Arndale shopping centre.

10am – 4pm, free. Suitable for all ages. Families should allow around 2 hours to discover all of the clues and expect to visit 7 locations across the city centre’s shopping district: House of Fraser, Cath Kidston, Pot Kettle Black, Paperchase, New Cathedral Street, Market Street and Manchester Arndale. Find out more.



Halloween at Afflecks


Legendary Tib Street indie emporium Afflecks will be celebrating in style. Head to the best fancy dress shop in town where everyone will be dressed to impress, and shoppers can expect the odd fright as they work their way round the labyrinth of boutiques. Try your luck at the Trick or Treat Tombola and get your gory Halloween make-up done by special effects artists. The famous Tree sculpture on Tib Street will also glow green to welcome in Halloween…


Shops Go Green for Halloween

Manchester Lit Green

Manchester’s city centre shops get into the spooky spirit. From Selfridges, House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols to Manchester Arndale, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate, and up and down Market Street – Manchester’s retailers have one hell of a Halloween in store.

Party Delights Halloween


Stock up on all your spooky essentials at the new Party Delights superstore at Manchester Fort retail park. With more Halloween than you can shake a witches broom at, including hundreds of costumes, decorations and trick or treat accessories, it’ll be a party your ghosts and ghouls will never forget!

Events & Attractions:

Tarot Readings at Corn Exchange

Manchester’s premier dining destination, Corn Exchange is home to 13 family friendly restaurants. On the spookiest weekend of the year, head down to get a glimpse into your future… Connect with the supernatural and get a tarot reading in the grand atrium. With a long history of weird and wonderful characters, clairvoyant readings have played a large part in the building’s past.

£25, 30 minute session, 1pm – 7pm

Gothic Manchester Festival


The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University presents the Gothic Manchester Festival. Expect ghostly walking tours, Twisted Tales of the North, film screenings, author talks and the annual pub quiz, all of which shine a guttering light on a theme close to fast-beating Mancunian hearts: the Gothic North.

Book Now.

House of the Dead presents: Nightmare Emporium


Dare you enter the most immersive, terrifying and utterly unique horror experience the UK has to offer? Do you have what it takes to survive the House of the Dead with your sanity intact? Here is your chance to find out at Manchester’s number 1 scare attraction this Halloween.

Various time slots from 7.30pm – 10.30pm, £18. Book Now.


Manchester City Football Club: Spooky Stadium and Club Tour


Treat the kids to something truly spooktacular this half-term as Manchester City Football Club introduce a special Spooky Stadium & Club Tour.  Families are invited to the award-winning Etihad Stadium & Club Tour in their scariest fancy dress outfits for the chance to win a special treat for best dressed monster.

If you hold your nerve and complete all of the Halloween games including a ghastly bucket challenge, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a family ticket to City vs. Middlesbrough on Saturday 5th November.

All this runs alongside exclusive access to the First Team dressing room and Pep Guardiola’s seat in the Press Conference room. From here, guests emerge pitchside through the players’ tunnel, before taking their seats in the dugout.

It’s not all terror though, forget your fears with a chance to meet a friendly face on your tour where a famous fan favourite Club mascot will be on hand for photos and fun.

Tours run daily: 9.00-17.00 (Sunday 10.00-16.00)
Adults £17.00, Concessions £12.00, Under 16 £11.00
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Z-Arts: Monsters vs. Trolls Flashmob

Tiny ones! Dust off your dancing shoes for an afternoon of thrilling Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake inspired moves to mark the passing of Halloween. Face painters and props will be on hand to transform little ones and their families into tiny monsters and terrible trolls. Fancy dress encouraged!

The flashmob will be led by Monster and Troll dancers who will be throwing terrifyingly good shapes at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

12-4pm, More Info

FamilyOut of Town

Ordsall Hall’s Spook-Tacular Party!

Join the ghostly inhabitants of Salford’s most haunted building for a special creepy party. With puzzles, riddles and challenges around the darkest corners of the Hall, it’s a Halloween experience for the whole family. Those who survive can take a breather in the café to share stories with fellow ghost hunters.

£5, More Info 

For more Halloween half-term events at venues across Salford, click here.

FamilyOut of Town

Ordsall Hall Ghost & History Tour

Learn about the fascinating history of Ordsall Hall and the ghosts within. The hall is oldest building in Salford and 10th November is the 417th anniversary of the death of the woman who is the building’s most famous spectre – Lady Margaret Radclyffe, the White Lady.

£5, tours at 7.30pm & 8pm, Book Now

For more Halloween half-term events at venues across Salford, click here.


National Football Museum: Tricks for Treats


Get your little ghouls taking goals for a Penalty Piñata, show off best horror movie voices in the Creepy Commentary challenge or dressing up for Ghost Training (a chance to practice otherworldly keepie-uppies). There’s also the freestyling wizard John Farnworth plus Monster Making art, where kids can craft badges of their favourite, and most frightening, footballers – Robin Vampire-sie or Phil Bones perhaps…

10am-5pm. Find out more.

Horrible and Ghostly Manchester Histories Pub Quiz

Manchester and the North West has a rich, horrible and ghostly history. Think you know it all? Test your wits and pit your knowledge against fellow quizzers in Manchester’s subterranean drinking den, The Gas Lamp. Question master: Jonathan Schofield. Part of MMU’s Gothic Manchester Festival.

From 7pm. Book Now.

Manchester235: Halloween 10th Birthday


Join Manchester235 for a week of 10th birthday celebrations, mixed with Halloween mayhem. Expect a packed programme of live music, games and giveaways. Crack the safe to win a life-changing cash prize. Revellers are promised Las Vegas style treatment!

Find out more.


Jonathan Schofield Tours: Haunted Underworld Halloween Ghost Tours

In the dark and out of reach places of Manchester, the dead come to life. This walking tour starts in the Corn Exchange and takes in nearby streets in pursuit of the tragic opera singer Madame Malibran, once the most renowned in Europe, the eerie tale of alchemist Dr John Dee, the Pigman, the headless dog, the drowned Lavinia Robinson and the broken hearted Katherine Norton. The tour concludes back in the dark, deep beneath the Corn Exchange, where terror lurks…

Daily 80 minute tours. £10. Min age 12 years. Book Now.


Central Library: Saturday Spooktacular

Gather your ghouls, muster your monsters and fetch your fangs for an afternoon of freakish family fun. Central Library will be overrun with spine chilling spirits, fangtastic films in the BFI spook pods and a hoard of hocus pocus. Trick or treating throughout the afternoon, fancy dress (recommended) with prize for most original costume, plus free face painting.

12-4pm, More Info 

FamilyOut of Town

Z-arts: Monster Mash Mixtape Party

Head to Manchester’s best venue for families for an old-skool party for kids and their grown-ups, inspired by the 90’s rave scene. Ghosts, goblins and ghouls are invited to enjoy a monster mash-up of tunes, tricks and treats. Fancy dress a must.

Find out more.


Forever Manchester’s Halloween Spooktacular

Forever Manchester - The Mirror Ball, Hallé St Peter's Church

Raise the hell out of Halloween at Forever Manchester’s Halloween Spooktacular: The Mirror Ball. Taking place at Old Granada Studios, guests can expect the usual spine-chilling glamour, live acts and DJs in an event that’s bigger and spookier than ever. It’s fancy dress only, so make an effort – there be prizes for the most ghoulishly dressed.

7pm-1am, £20 (early bird)/£25. Book Now.

Out of Town

John Carpenter: Release the Bats

Horror master himself, John Carpenter, who is responsible for much of the genres most striking soundtrack work in movies including Halloween (1978) and The Fog (1980) arrives in Manchester to perform his soundtracks and original compositions, live.
6.30pm, £25-£32.50, 14+ only, Book Now

Manchester Science Festival: Frankenstein 2:0


Two hundred years ago, writer Mary Shelley had a dream that made her question what it meant to be a living thing, and the result was the classic horror novel, Frankenstein. Today, progress in the understanding of living cells means that scientists maybe on the verge of turning Mary’s dream into reality. Should we be excited by game-changing advances in medicine, nanotechnology and the basic philosophy of life; or should we be terrified by science’s new monsters? Join the debate.

3pm-5pm, £6/£5 conc. Book Now.


The Whitworth: Halloween Family Funday

The Whitworth is the University of Manchester’s newly transformed gallery in the park – a place to discover exceptional art in award winning spaces, inside and out. Head down with the family this weekend to explore and have fun creating spooky art.

11am-4pm, free.


The Printworks & Horrorworld Productions present: Manchester Halloween Parade


The UK’s one and only Halloween parade is back from the dead. The Printworks’ Zombie Walk transforms into the Manchester Halloween Parade as witches and wizards, gremlins and ghouls don their best costumes. Come walk with us…

4pm-6pm. To join in the parade, registration is at 4pm at The Printworks, £2/per person (50% to charity). Spectating is free! Book Now.

Capital’s Monster Mash-Up with Vodafone


The UK’s no.1 hit music station Capital FM are kicking off the spookiest time of the year with an exclusive gig – so start planning your outfits! Capital have chained up some of the biggest stars in the world – Craig David, Bob Sinclar, Sigala, Kungs & Sigma – to put on one heck of a Halloween party. Grab your tickets now.

Doors 7pm, £29.00 + booking fee, 14+. Book Now

First Draft Cabaret Nights presents: When the darkness knocks

It’s Halloween, and there is a darkness calling. An incredible line-up of performers share music, stories, poetry and drama to tell the tales of the library. Can a place ever shake it’s past? And if that past is as a medieval priest’s residence, a prison, a gunpowder factory, a stately home and a school: what happens when all those histories wake up at once..?
7.30pm-10.30pm, free, More Info

Film & Theatre:

Gothic Manchester Festival: Sightseers Free Screening

Sightseers is director Ben Wheatley’s third feature film; his work is famous for its satirical, grim humour and this new film tells the story of a couple who go on a camping trip which, of course, goes horribly wrong. Comedies don’t get much darker than this. Presented by Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, with an exclusive video intro from writers/stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. Part of the Gothic Manchester Festival.

6pm, free. Book Now.

Out of Town

The Lowry: Halloween Theatre


Morgan and West
Sun 23 Oct

Time travelling magic duo Morgan and West present an incredible show chock full of jaw-dropping, gasp-eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – this show might blow your head off. 8pm, £8-£12. Book Now.


Don’t Wake the Damp
Wed 26 Oct – Sat 29 Oct

Multi-award-winning comedy captains Kill the Beast present a new twisted tale inspired by 1980s sci-fi, 1990s gaming and cracking superhero theme tunes. Don’t Wake The Damp is a non-stop neon rollercoaster of shocks, shadows and shameless wigs. Dare you find out what’s waiting in the dark? 8pm, £10-£12. Book Now.

Mon 31 Oct


It’s 1920. In a Louisiana swamp, a man disturbed by recent events and too afraid to sleep begins to relive his nightmare. The man stares into the dark sky and through the vapour-soaked trees the pole star, Polaris, winks hideously, striving to convey some strange message about the man’s ancestral past. Falling under the star’s hypnotic spell, he travels through dreams of twisted realities… 8pm, £10-£12. Book Now.

Screened presents: Suspiria

A monthly arts and film night at Texture explores complex relationship between art and the society in which it emerges. Head down to catch the classic Italian shocker, Suspiria. This hallucinatory and bloody fairy tale, with it’s stunning and colourful palette, is often referred to as one of the greatest horror films of all time.

19:30 – 23:30, More Info

HOME and Film4 present: Film Fear


This year, celebrate Halloween at HOME with FilmFear, a feature-length fright-fest of brand new horror previews, shorts, special guests and monster classics, programmed in collaboration with Film4.

Kicking off the long weekend, don’t miss the preview of Alice Lowe’s (Sightseers) pregnancy-fuelled killing-spree, Prevenge (2016), and be sure to come back for the glorious Spanish version of Dracula (1931) and a very special screening of Nosferatu (1922) – the original vampire movie – with musical accompaniment from the ever-brilliant Harmonieband.

The Final Girls present
Preview/ Prevenge (CTBA)
Thu 27 Oct, 18:10
A ruthless black comedy from Alice Lowe that follows a pregnant mother-to-be on a vengeful killing spree at the behest of her persuasive unborn child.

Preview/ Raw (CTBA)
Fri 28 Oct, 18:15
A gruesome yet intimate tale of a teenage girl’s carnal and carnivorous awakening.

Preview/ We Are the Flesh (18)
Fri 28 Oct, 20:40
A diabolical nightmare – endorsed by Alejandro Iñárritu and Carlos Reygadas – that delivers you into a world of taboo fantasy and dark magic, as teenage siblings find themselves spellbound by an ogre-like figure whose perverted rituals promise a cosmic climax.

Phantasm: Remastered (CTBA) + Short
Sat 29 Oct, 23:00
Go down to the mortuary at midnight courtesy of the re-release of this surreal and delirious nightmare. The lethal silver ball has been polished up and launched back into the world in a 4K restoration by fan J. J. Abrams, ready for a new generation to figure out just what the hell is going on… Preceded by Prano Bailey-Bond’s short film NASTY (15mins).

The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (aka Don’t Open The Window; Let Sleeping Corpses Lie) (18) 
Sat 29 Oct, 16:00
This Spanish horror film from 1974 – set and shot in Manchester and Northern England – sustains a creepy atmosphere as it follows a couple pursued by both zombies and an even more terrifying police officer.

The Keep (18)
Sat 29 Oct, 20:40
Michael Mann’s stylised period horror yarn from 1983 may have a checkered history but it’s a must-see on the big-screen. During World War II, a troop of German soldiers unleash both an ancient demon and a typically hypnotic Tangerine Dream score.

HarmonieBand present
Nosferatu (PG) with live musical score
Sun 30 Oct, 13:30
Nosferatu marked the first appearance on screen of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it remains the eeriest of the many film versions of the famous tale. With live musical accompaniment from European film festival favourites, HarmonieBand, this is unmissable.

Preview/ The Ghoul (CTBA)
Sun 30 Oct, 18:00
A haunting psychological mystery from first-time director Gareth Tunley that occupies the mind of a character introduced to us as a detective investigating a double murder. Nothing is what it seems however, especially when occult forces start to influence an already fragile reality.

BFI London Film Festival: Cult present
Preview/ The Void (CTBA) + Micro Shorts
Sun 30 Oct, 20:40
Direct from the Cult strand of the BFI London Film Festival comes a bizarre shocker that LFF programme Michael Blyth calls a ‘slice of retro terror…drawing upon the cool aesthetics of early John Carpenter and the gloopy practical effects of vintage Stuart Gordon’. Preceded by the premiere of three new horror micro-shorts from Film4 and All4 (9mins approx).

¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival present
Dracula (PG) + Intro
Mon 31 Oct, 18:10
Filmed at night on the sets being used by the better-known version starring Bela Lugosi, this Spanish language version of Dracula is considered by many as the superior version. Introduced by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and HOME Senior Visiting Curator: Film.

Book Now

Track Brewery Cinema presents: The Birds Screening & Brew Tap


The Birds are Coming… Head under the arches to Track’s brewery beneath Piccadilly Station for a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Steady your nerves at the bar: the finest craft beer in Manchester awaits.

From 7.30pm, £5, Buy Tickets 

Psycho Live!


The Albert Hall proudly presents a live cinema screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic masterpiece, Psycho, with a terrifying live soundtrack experience by Manchester Camerata. After sell-out performances in London’s Roundhouse, Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and Bristol’s Colston Hall, it’s Manchester turn to scare everyone witless.

8pm-11pm, £35 (stalls)/£30 (balcony). Book Now.

Make a Scene MCR presents: Sing-A-Long Flower-Arrange-Along Little Shop of Horrors


Brace yourselves for a hands-on version of Frank Oz’s 1986 classic. With it’s do-wop soundtrack, 1950s setting and bloodthirsty B-Movie plot, Little Shop of Horrors is a firm favourite. But watch out! Get ready to sing-a-long and flower-arrange-a-long, with Northern Quarter floral artists FROG Flowers. Until Audrey II gets hungry and all hell breaks loose…

£8. Book Now.


Little Shop of Horrors

A charming, kooky and hilarious musical cult classic. Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he’s secretly in love with.

Audrey Two quickly starts to wilt, putting Seymour’s job and dream future with Audrey at risk. Accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour discovers Audrey Two needs a little more than plant food to thrive. The plant grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore whose voracious appetite becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy. How far will Seymour go for the woman of his dreams?…

Rhydian, will play sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello. Rhydian rose to fame as a runaway success on ITV’s X Factor.

Eating, Drinking & Clubbing:

Grafene Restaurant & Cocktail Bar


Grafene’s ever-evolving menu is a refined take on British eating at its flavoursome best, sourced from local and artisan suppliers. Head to the restaurant over Halloween weekend for themed cocktails and a unique tasting menu.

Bad Fun: A Nightmare on B.eat Street


When bad meets B.Eat there’ll be disco on the street. Deadly disco drinks and bubonic babes with glitter from the grave. DJs: Jona Sul, Jonjo Williams, Kit Muir.

£3-£7, 9pm-3am, Buy Tickets

Browns Brasserie & Bar: Spooky Cocktails


Browns is the converted Athenaeum, formerly one of the city’s most famous pubs but originally the imposing banking hall of Parrs Bank. Designed by Charles Heathcote in 1902, it’s a lovely example of Edwardian baroque architecture with some beautiful art nouveau detailing. Enjoy special crafted cocktails from £5.95 all Halloween weekend.

The Printworks: Walkabout Halloween Weekender

Ghouls, guys and gals are invited to Walkabout’s Day of The Dead party. Ghoulish goings-on include special menus and drinks offers, face painting, freebies and prizes for the best fancy dress. Zombie DJs, Matt Munroe and Matt Tighe, will be on the decks playing a mash-up of classic party tracks.

Find out more.

Dive NQ: Day of the Dead Party

Party the weekend away at basement bar and club, Dive NQ, where resident DJs will be playing a monster mash-up of classics, indie, hip-hop & RnB. Dress up to get down. Special cocktails all night.


Cha Cha Boudoir: Drag Me To Hell!


A new nightmare is heading to the Gay Village as Anna Phylactic, Cheddar Gorgeous and guests host a Halloween Spooktacular: passion, glamour and illicit behaviour wrapped up in one night of camp performances and mixtape disco. Expect the usual gruesome mix of drag, dollars and dancing. Beware the faint of heart, this is Cha Cha…

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Ziferblat: Pumpkin Carving Competition

Join in Northern Quarter café Ziferblat’s pumpkin carving competition to win ten free hours of coffee and cake time. Pumpkins and knives are provided, so just head along and get going on some deadly creations.

8am-10pm, £3 to enter, unlimited Ziferkitchen goodies (judging on 1 November).

The Fitzgerald: Penny Dreadful Halloween Special

This Halloween at The Fitzgerald, expect an evening of Victorian horror, Sweeny Todd behind the bar, and old jazz and contemporary electronic music filling the eerie air. Sip spooky cocktails by candlelight and dress to impress: there is a bottle of Tanqueray Gin up for grabs for the spookiest ghoul of all!


Halloween at Arcane Bar

Head on down into the King Street basement of Arcane Bar where the evil dead have taken over and transformed it into a Halloween hideaway. Expect spooky scenes, devious drinks and a killer soundtrack, to party like it’s your last day on earth… Prizes to be won for best fancy dress.
Saturday 29th, 12noon-4am

Then join Arcane for their Halloween quiz. Expect sinister goings-on and dead good drinks offers. Go kill what’s left of your brain cells. Followed by Uncle Frank’s Unholy Disco.
Sunday 30th, 8pm-11pm

Out of Town

One Tree Producing presents: Day of the Dead

A celebration of the lives of our nearest and dearly departed dearest. Dress up and head down to Islington Mill for an unforgettable night of music, dance and theatricals. With fresh food by Stomping Grounds and Drymbago – Live: a ten-piece afro-tropical-funk band from the depths of Snowdonia. Music for the soul and for the feet.

7pm-3am. Book now.


Ultimate Power presents: Bat out of Helloween Party 2016

Power ballads all night long and the friendliest atmosphere add up to a legendary Manchester party. Expect the all the greatest songs ever written, maximum Loaf and plenty of ghoulish surprises.

10.30pm-3.30am, Book Now

Out of Town

Hidden Halloween – Rhadoo, Edward, Wet Play Pals

Manchester’s underground nightclub Hidden, voted Number 1 in the city, is set for a Halloween party to raise the roof. With Rhadoo, Edward (Giegling), Anton Fitz, Martin Loose Cuts, Hidden DJs + more.

10pm-5am, min. age 18, £20, Buy Tickets

Pen & Pencil: Charlie & The Cocktail Factory

Willy Wonka invites party goers and cocktail guzzlers to The Pen & Pencil for delicious drinks and treats-a-plenty. Resident DJs will be spinning funky house and the bar’s own Oompah Loompahs have concocted special drinks using the finest of spirits, and the most scrumptious of sweets.


The Printworks: Tiger Tiger Full Moon Party

Go Day-Glo with Tiger Tiger for a night of UV madness at the ultimate Full Moon Party. With DJs over three floors, face painting, beachy cocktails, glow sticks and dancing until dawn.


The Oast House: Dead or Alive Party

Head to The Oast House for a Saturday night of dancing and drinking. Dress in your fanciest costumes: those who dare to impress will be rewarded with a free drink. On the Sunday, meet the medium who will tell your fortune…

Dead or Alive Party, 8pm until late. Spiritual Medium, 3pm-7pm, £10 for a 20 minute reading. Find out more.


The Printworks: Hard Rock Café Little Monsters Ball

Don your best fabulous fancy dress to enjoy a Halloween themed breakfast, face painting and lots of ghoulish games at Hard Rock Café: a rock ’n’ roll-themed chain with a high-energy vibe serving burgers & American classics.

9am – 11am, Children £7.95 Adults £9.95, reservations only, call 0161 831 6700 to book.

The Printworks: 50% OFF at Busaba Half Moon Day Party

Thai restaurant Busaba, famous for its bestselling, mind-blowing calamari, hosts a Halloween themed Half Moon-Day: 50% off food all day long, plus spooky shenanigans on the side. From 12pm.

Book Now.

Getting here

Events take place primarily in the heart of Manchester city centre. Nearest Metrolink stops: Market Street, Exchange Square and St. Peter’s Square. Nearest bus interchange: Piccadilly Gardens. Nearest mainline train stations: Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly. Nearest car parks: NCP King Street West, Deansgate and Bridge Street.

For events at The Lowry, HOME, The Whitworth, Manchester Metropolitan University and other venues, and for all general travel information, please visit tfgm.com.

On the Street and shopping events brought to you by Manchester’s Business Improvement District (Heart of Manchester BID), a consortium of over 380 retailers that are working together to make Manchester city centre a better place to be. Halloween in the City 2016 is sponsored by Party Delights.

Our partners across the city are also celebrating Halloween, and some of their events are listed here. While every effort has been made to ensure this information is correct, please check with individual event organisers before setting out. Heart of Manchester of BID is not responsible for these events and cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury from these events.

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