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Top Things To Do For a Frightful Halloween In Manchester

Matt Crisp October 12, 2023

Manchester is a uniquely diverse and vibrant city where there is always something exciting to do. From its place in history at the centre of the industrial revolution to a stellar musical and cultural scene, Manchester is a rich and rewarding place to visit. Here are some of the ways to celebrate Halloween in the city.

Why not grab a group of mates and organise a coach hire to make the most of this monstrous time of year. 

MCR Monsters

The last week of October sees a monster invasion of the city when the creations of artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas will be taking over the streets and rooftops. Spot the spooky installations at some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, including the Arndale Centre, Exchange Square, and the Corn Exchange.

Monsters Rock Music Festival

This monstrous music festival takes place over the last few days of October and features gruesome games, carnival rides, DJs and live performances. It’s a chance to get kitted out in your best Halloween costume and get your groove on to the likes of DJd Fat Boy Slime and Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band. 

Halloween Market

St Ann’s Square hosts the Halloween Market, where you will be able to pick up suitably spooky treats, crafts, and all manner of artisan goods from top quality street vendors.

Ghosts of Manchester haunting stories exploration game

This is a fun self-guided tour where you will be able to discover the dark secrets of the city through a smart phone app. It’s a great idea for a Halloween date night in the city to give you a real bonding experience…find out all about the infamous Manchester Pusher who is said to still haunt the city’s canals.

The tour takes in some of the best sights of the city, including the Albert Hall, Manchester Town Hall, the Palace Theatre, Manchester Cathedral, and Chetham’s Library.

Scare Skate Manchester

Scare Skate is a fun chance to dress up and show off your skills on the ice this season. There will be an outdoor rink in the heart of the City at Cathedral Gardens, which will feature a stunning Christmas tree. The ice rink is covered so you don’t have to worry about dodging the famous Manchester drizzle. 

Film Fear

HOME and Film4 present FilmFear, a weekend of spine chilling horror, fantasy, and mystery. The event takes place at 2 Tony Wilson Place in the city, and it will showcase the best upcoming horror films and cult classics of the past. 

Golden Mummies of Egypt

Discover the views of the afterlife from the perspective of the Ancient Greeks and Romans at this world class Manchester Museum Exhibition. It is held in the newly renovated Exhibition Hall and features eight mummies as well as over 100 objects, fresh from a successful tour of China and the USA.