Halloween in the City 2022

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Shekina Rose, Families Editor
Halloween in the City

Halloween in the City at Exchange Square, 29–30 October 2022, free entry - Visit now

Looking for some fearsome family fun this Halloween? Halloween In The City is back to haunt the entire Manchester population over the Halloween weekend, with a petrifying programme of Halloween-themed events taking place across Manchester city centre.

Manchester’s streets will be overrun by fearsome but friendly monsters this Halloween, with Manchester residents being encouraged to dress up and meet the beasts as they make their way through the city causing fright and delight.

The Halloween in the City Festival is now regarded as one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the UK, and this year it aims to be the most horrifyingly wonderful event yet! A frightful line-up of activities and experiences over the Halloween weekend (29 & 30 October) include roaming monsters, a monster carnival, top monster bands, monster DJs, a monstrous photo trail across the city and Halloween ice skating at the outdoor ice rink in Cathedral Gardens. The giant rooftop monsters will also be returning to this year’s Halloween in The City, arriving on the rooftops from 25-31 October.

Expect monster mayhem, as you dress up as your monster of choice and experience monster carnage at the Welcome Monsters Procession created by Walk The Plank. If you dare walk through the city centre,  you’ll be greeted by friendly monsters making their way through the Arndale and Market Square on 29 and 30 October. You could even bring a ‘We Love Monsters’ banner to wave at our furry, frightening friends as they walk on by.

Seek your way through the cobwebs to St Ann’s Square to Dr Mancenstien’s Castle and Gardens. Here you can brave your way through the eerie ruins of Castle Mancenstien, home to dragons, crows, creepy groundskeepers and man-eating plants.

Next up, head to The Monster Lab at Exchange Square. It’s Here where you can find out mind-bending facts about monsters and take part in some experiments. If you can face more scaring, you can visit the Carnival of Monsters, a fantastic, freaky, frightful fairground at New Cathedral Street, run by terrifying beasts – including a monster ring master and monster jugglers!

And finally, with monsters comes music. Monster Truck Stage at Market Street will see the DJ From The Black Lagoon and DJ Ghostman playing all your favourite spooky songs.

Halloween in the City at Exchange Square

29–30 October 2022
Free entry

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