Halloween in the City

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

Halloween in the City at Market Street Manchester, City Centre, 21–31 October 2017, free entry - Visit now

Prepare for some ghoulish goings on as Manchester City Centre once again glows green for a 10-day festival of Halloween happenings.

An entire Halloweekend family festival includes a trick or treat trail spanning Market Street, Manchester Arndale, King Street and Deansgate.  The challenge is on for those brave enough to knock on the doors of sets including a mummy’s tomb, witch’s hovel, Dracula’s lair or Frankenstein’s lab.

Don’t miss exploring the Haunted Maze in St Ann’s Square, keep your eyes peeled for Ghostbuster characters and the Marshmallow Man at the Arndale and visit House of Fraser to experience Monster Attack, a phenomenal inflatable beast by artists Filthy Luker and Designs in Air.

A rambunctious Travelling Carnival – a skeleton and pumpkin parade inspired by the Day of the Dead festivities will be winding its way down Market Street and through Manchester Arndale. Out of the ordinary adventures will include a sound system in a coffin, skull dancers, promenade performance and a giant skeleton puppet looming large.

Prepare to boogie to eerie tunes and experience all the slime in a Spooky Science Party from the party animals at Big Fish Little Fish and admire the sartorial styles at the Goth Fashion Show, part of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Gothic Festival.

Competitive types can get involved in beating Halloween fancy dress records in The Big Dress Up in Exchange Square and even enter the best dressed dogs in the Canine Catwalk.

Those exhausted by all these antics can settle down to films galore at screenings across the city including Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus and Hotel Transylvania on the main stage in Exchange Square.

We love that things ain’t done by halves in Manchester with landmark buildings across the city centre including the National Football Museum, Printworks, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Paperchase, Manchester Town Hall, Afffleck’s, Renaissance Hotel and The Royal Exchange all set to glow green.

Right, we’re off to find our fangs.

Halloween in the City at Market Street Manchester, City Centre

21–31 October 2017
Free entry