Creepy capers across Manchester and the North for little and big ghosts with the most.
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Halloween in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

Let’s face it; Halloween is the best holiday. It’s got everything: scary movies, fancy dress and plenty of sweets…but how to celebrate All Hallows Eve once you’re tired of trick or treating? Fear not, we’ve got you covered, whether you prefer to spend this October exploring the North’s creepiest corners on a guided tour, carving pumpkins with the family, or just holed up with some horror films — there’s plenty of spooky goings-on for the culturally curious to investigate.

Creepy capers across Manchester and the North for little and big ghosts with the most.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Shoryu Ramen Manchester

    Shoryu Ramen

    Shoryu Ramen Manchester, 1 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 1RG - Visit now

    Shoryu Ramen are marking Halloween with some devilish creations this year. They’re showcasing a brand new ghoulish menu up until the 3rd November, featuring treats like spooky bao buns and pitch-black ramen (with a little help from squid ink).

  • 2. Tattu

    Tattu Chinese restaurant Manchester
    Ian Jones

    Tattu, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

    Diners are in for a scream this Halloween as Tattu transforms its private dining room on Sunday 27th October to create a spine-chilling cinema for a day of classic scary movies, accompanied by a terrifyingly tempting three-course Halloween menu. Tickets are £40, contact the venue to book.
  • 3. Ordsall Hall

    Ordsall Hall

    Ordsall Hall, 322 Ordsall Lane, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 3AN - Visit now

    Halloween is the perfect time of year to visit this beautifully preserved Tudor mansion and museum complete with resident ghost. Look out for goulish family activities galore.

  • 4. BBC Philharmonic – Aho/Tarkiainen/Shostakovich at The Bridgewater Hall

    Matt Squire

    BBC Philharmonic: Aho/Tarkiainen/Shostakovich at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre, 21 November 2019, 7:30 pm–10:00 pm, from £5.50 - Book now

    This one’s a little bit after Halloween – but an outing of the world’s first electronic instrument, the theremin – is always worth a shout. The instrument is famed for its hair-prickling tone, which seems to sing to the aether. The instrument’s world-leading exponent, Carolina Eyck, will showcase it to its full extent in this programme, performing a concerto that was written especially for her.

  • 5. Gorilla

    Gorilla, Whitworth street Manchester

    Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5WW - Visit now

    The folks at Gorilla usually team up with Grimm Up North to present some creepy Halloween screenings – keep your eyes peeled for this year’s offering.

  • 6. The Bridgewater Hall

    The seats and stage in The Bridgewater Hall

    The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3WS - Visit now

    The Bridgewater Hall can usually be relied upon for a classically-inclined, but no less spooky, programme of Halloween-inspired music.

  • 7. Speke Hall

    Speke Hall
    National Trust Images

    Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, L24 1XD - Visit now

    Explore the weird and wonderful world of the Victorians and their visions this half term at Speke Hall. Hunt down creatures from folklore, discover spooky superstitions and hear some of Speke’s scariest stories.

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