The 31st of October is almost here, and you know what that means? We’re talking about Halloween and all things scary. Whether you’re planning on doing a spot of trick or treating, hitting a Halloween fancy dress party or enjoying a spooky dinner, it’s time to get ghastly. Fright night is upon us.
As one of the UK’s most exciting cities, it will come as no surprise that Manchester is full of fun things to do on Halloween. But where do you start? Where are the best parties, and which Halloween-themed events have a ‘must-attend’ status?
We’re here to recommend the best things to do in Manchester this Halloween. So, grab a pitch-black colour Frappuccino from Starbucks, and read on to discover all the terrifyingly fun events in Manchester this Halloween.
Part of Halloween in the City Weekend in Manchester, and one for all of the family, Trick or Treat Trail is a creepy route around the city centre. Dress up, pick up a map from Exchange Square, and discover trick or treat houses scattered across the city.
Address: Manchester Exchange Square
Date: 26th Oct to 27th Oct
This is Alice in Wonderland with even more of a twist than usual. Taking place at the V-club, expect crazy characters, oversized props and some of the best tunes around. Alice is locked away forever, the cats and bunnies have gone insane, and the tea party is covered in blood. Are you ready for the Trapped in Wonderland Halloween Experience?
Address: 2nd floor, 52-56 George St, M1 4HF
Date: 2nd Nov
Enjoy the spooky season in style with a Halloween cinema by the Village Screen at the iconic Victoria Baths. Enjoy cult Halloween classics, such as The Conjuring and Beetlejuice, while wearing your best costume. A resident DJ will also be on hand to play a few creeptacular tunes before the screening starts.
Address: Victoria Baths, Hathersage Rd, M13 0FE
Date: Oct 31st and Nov 1st
Celebrate Halloween with a performance of The Exorcist at the Manchester Opera House. This two-time Oscar-winning movie has thrilled, shocked and scared audiences since 1973, and now you can experience it live during the season of scares.
Ramp up the scare-o-meter to 10 with a ghost hunt at Antwerp Mansion. Featured on the Most Haunted TV show earlier this year, expect eerie noises, smashing glass, and some bona fide creeps in this neo-gothic building located in Rusholme.
Address: Park Cres, Manchester M14 5RF
Date: 25th Oct to 31st Oct
Another fun feature at Halloween in the City is Poisonous Maze, where you and the whole family have the opportunity to walk through the grounds of Dr Mancenstein’s castle. The real hedge maze has been taken over by creeping vines, monstrous creatures and spooky statues. Do you dare walk the maze?
Address: St Ann St, Manchester M2 7LF
Date: 26th and 27th Oct
Try a devilish cocktail - or two and enjoy top sounds from the resident DJ at Bruch Social. With Prosecco and bottomless pizza on the menu, there’s no need to worry about any trick - there are only treats at Brunch Social. Once you’re full, play some darts and see what eerie surprises are in store.
Address: Ship Canal House, 98 King St, M2 4WU
Date: 26th and 27th Oct
Who says Halloween is just for humans (and ghouls)? Get your four-legged friend involved in the fun at Howl’oween. Hatch is throwing a Halloween party for hounds, which features doggy pop-up shops and DJs playing top tunes. It’s even more fun if you bring your pet dressed in fancy dress, with prizes awarded for the Spookiest Best-Dressed Pooch.
Address: Hatch, Oxford Road, M1 7ED
Date: Oct 27th
Get messy as you make the scariest pumpkin face around, with many fun pumpkin carving sessions available at Lyme Park. Bring out your creative side and see what you can conjure up. Roll your sleeves up and prepare to get messy.
Address: Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NR
Date: Oct 24th to Oct 29th
Get ready for a night of your favourite show tunes from Josh Hindle. Everything from the Greatest Showman to Mamma Mia is covered, with a few Halloween surprises too. From welcome drinks on arrival to Dirty Dancing favourites, this jam-packed cruise down the river will be one to remember.
Address: Unnamed Road, Salford M3 5FT
Date: Oct 31st
Mix Halloween frights with a spot of retail therapy and enjoy a beauty masterclass at Selfridges on Exchange Square, with beauty guru Cassie Lomas leading the classes. Master the dark arts of beauty and get ready to wow - or scare - the town.
Address: 1, Exchange Square Central, Corporation St, M3 1BD
Date: 26th to the 30th Oct
Bring Mexico’s Day of the Dead to Manchester, and enjoy some serious partying. The evening begins with a free glass of Prosecco, followed by a selection of small Mexican plates and dishes from the Robata. Next, it’s time for a night of partying Day of the Dead style.
Address: Peter Street Kitchen, Peter Street, M2 5GP
Date: 2nd Nov
Halloween in Manchester
Make the most of Halloween in Manchester, whether you’re bringing the family or looking for some terrifying parties. Which one of our recommendations will you be attending? And let us know in the comments if we’ve missed any scary events happening this Halloween in Manchester.