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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, tracing witchcraft through ancient art-filled forests or just holed up with some horror films — there’s plenty of spooky goings on for the culturally curious to investigate.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall

    Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall
    Photo by Chris Egon Searle

    Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall, Liverpool, 8 September 2018–28 July 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Set in the ancient Clough forest at Speke Hall, contemporary artist Serena Korda’s temporary outdoor sculpture and sound installation responds to the her ongoing interest in alternative histories – and herstories – of folklore and witchcraft.

  • 2. The Winter Droving in Penrith

    Winter Droving Penrith
    Eden Arts

    The Winter Droving at Penrith Old Fire Station, Cumbria, 26 October 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    An incredible wonderland of outdoor arts, masquerade and pint carrying competitions in Penrith.

  • 3. 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.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. The Deaf Institute

    Pimped Fries

    The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 7HE - Visit now

    Last year, the Deaf Institute became a Palace Transsexual for one night only, taking The Rocky Horror Picture Show as its theme for a Halloween special. Needless to say, the costumes were fabulous.

  • 6. 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.

  • 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.