The spooktasticly guide to October : Halloween in the City 2017



Halloween Finally says Boo to Manchester

Manchester is going all haunted this year with it first ever Halloween event taking place around the city centre, with the likes of Harvey Nichols turning green and plenty of events for the witches and Frankenstein to partake in, also expect some anti Halloween ghost busters to be out and about.

Bongo’s Bingo Halloween Special with Fatman Scoop

Date | 31 Oct 2017 – Time 18:00 – 23:00 | Location Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR

Are you ready for a spooky night of bingo at the Albert Hall with some special guests including Fatman Scoop.

Bongo’s Bingo is back at the Albert Hall, this October, for another month of bingo madness. This year’s Halloween edition is bringing back cult favourite, Fatman Scoop, for a special guest performance 88.x – Visit Manchester

Booking is required.

Meet the Ghostbusters and Marshmallow Man at Manchester Arndale

Date | 28th-29th Oct 2017 – Time 11:00 – 18:00 | Location Manchester Arndale, Manchester, M4 1AZ

Have you ever wanted to meet the Ghostbusters and Marshmallow Man? well for 2 days only your dreams have come true, pop along to the Manchester Arndale which is easily reachable by all forms of transport.

Cosplayers The Greater Manchester Ghostbusters are coming to save Manchester Arndale from spooks, ghouls and their biggest villain The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Come down to meet the gang and take the perfect movie fan selfie. – Visit Manchester

No Booking required.

City Buildings Go Green

Date | 26th-31st Oct 2017 – Time unknown | Location Various Locations around Manchester City Centre

Some of Manchester Iconic buildings will turn green for the week as part of Manchester first Halloween in the City.

Come nightfall some of the city centre’s most iconic buildings including Manchester Town Hall, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, The Printworks, Paperchase and Afflecks will glow up a ghastly green for Halloween. Follow the glow around the city… РVisit Manchester

No Booking Required

Big Fish Little Fish

Date | 29th Oct 2017 – Time unknown | Location The Birdcage, Withy Grove, Manchester City Centre, M4 3AQ

Now time for something for all the family in turn the scariness is turned down and the party vibes turned up to create a family friendly rave with loads of activities put on for all ages to partake in.

¬†Eat, sleep, rave, research! Big Fish Little Fish host the biggest family rave going, featuring DJ Mark XTC with bubbles, glitter cannons, balloons, craft tables, colouring-in mural, baby chill area and licensed bar. Themed around ‚Äėspooky-science‚Äô this party is part of Manchester‚Äôs Halloween in the City festival and will have fancy dress, live science experiments, activities run by Chester Zoo and much more. – Visit Manchester

Booking is Required

Ghostwatch: 25th Anniversary Screening With Live Q&A

Date | 30th Oct 2017 – Time 19:00 -23:00 | Location Gorilla, Arch 54/56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WW

On October 31st 1992, at 9.25pm, a BBC television show aired that shocked and mentally scarred millions of viewers for life. This iconic show was an originator of ‘alternative news’ in its most sinister form and its first broadcast lead to 30,000 calls logged within 1 hour, the show being banned for around a decade and sleepless nights across the country. This show was GHOSTWATCH.

Gorilla is celebrating 25 years of Ghostwatch with a special screening and live Q&A. If you fancy blowing the cobwebs away be caspers guest at Gorilla in Manchester.

On October 30th, for it’s 25th Anniversary, Pilot Light TV Festival will be paying homage to the controversial show by screening the entire first episode and inviting key creators and cast members to discuss their work on the show, the traumatic impact it had across the country and its place in Television history.

Joining Pilot Light at this very special event for a Q&A will be creator Stephen Volk, director Lesley Manning, and the writer/director of Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains, Rich Lawden.

Pilot Light TV Festival invite you to experience and relive the terror of Ghostwatch this October at Gorilla! – Visit Manchester

No Booking Required

Halloween at HOME: Hocus Pocus

Date | 29th Oct 2017 – Time 11:00| Location HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

Halloween is coming home this year and what better way to celebrate than some wizardry and Hocus Pocus.

After three centuries, three witches are resurrected on Halloween night, and it’s up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

PG. Directed by Kenny Ortega – Visit Manchester

Booking is Required


Date | 28th-29th Oct 2017 – Time 11:00 – 19:00 | Location Various Locations, Manchester City Centre

This October¬†Manchester city centre retailers¬†present Halloweekend! ‚Äď a two-day family friendly spooktacular.

Thousands of pumpkins lanterns transform the shopping streets and Manchester’s iconic buildings glow an eerie green, after hours.

Dare to enter the Haunted Maze to meet the creepy creatures inside and try the Trick or Treat Hunt, there’s a sweet or scary surprise behind every (giant) door.

Don’t miss artist Filthy Luker’s momentous monster at one (un)lucky Manchester store and follow the Day of the Dead-style parade with puppets, street performers and freaky dancing.

Head to the Capital FM main stage for DJs, a Canine Catwalk, Goth Fashion Show and the chance to strut your costumed stuff. Get the whole family involved in the biggest fancy dress-up in Halloween history to win.

There’s also big screen showings of everyone’s favourite family classics: Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus and Hotel Transylvania.

Plus store events and offers from the biggest, baddest names in shopping, food and drink.

Head to Market Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square, Deansgate and King Street for all the fun. РVisit Manchester

No Booking Required

City Trick or Treat Trail

Date | 28th-29th Oct 2017 – Time 10:00 – 19:00 | Location Various Locations, Manchester City Centre

Come and get your tasty treats, yes i said tasty treats…. Only joking there will be a few tricks up the streets sleeves this Halloween weekend.

Don’t miss the city-wide Trick or Treat, with a scary or sweet surprise behind every (giant) door.

A Mummy’s tomb, Witch’s hovel, Dracula’s liar and Frankenstein’s laboratory all await a knock…

Follow the trail from Market Street to Manchester Arndale, King Street and Deansgate. – Visit Manchester

No Booking Required

The Haunted Maze

Date | 28th-29th Oct 2017 – Time 10:00 – 19:00 | Location St Ann’s Square , Manchester City Centre, M2 7HQ

You a bit lost with what to do this Halloween, come and try out the easiest maze in the world as it filled with ghosts and vampires ready to haunt you to sleep.

Dare to enter The Haunted Maze in St Ann’s Square to meet the creepy creatures inside. – Visit Manchester

No Booking Required

Halloween Fun Run 2017

Date | 29th Oct 2017 – Time 12:00 – 15:00 | Location Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Manchester, M25 2SW

Run, run there a ghost behind you, watch where you going as you might end up at Heaton Park taking part in the Halloween Fun Run 2017.

Whether you want to walk, jog or run the easy 5km route it’s entirely up to you, but watch out for the spooky residents of Heaton Park that will be around the course on the look out for you ‚Äď especially around ‘The Tunnel’!

Mums, dads, children and grandparents alike will be taking part in this fun event where you will start and finish outside of the Grade 1 listed Heaton Hall, where lots of activity will be there to entertain you including the ‘spooky sound system’ and some ‘revolting refreshments’.

All who ‘survive’ the event will receive a finishers bag which will include a very special glow in the dark medal and more! – Visit Manchester

No Booking Required

Stranger Things: Halloween 80s Party

Date | 24th Oct 2017 – Time 22:00 | Location The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1QB

Over the years there has surely behind some strange going ons in our lovely city either in the day or night and this event is no stranger to Manchester club scene.

‘Strangest Things’ is the 80s themed immersive club night influenced by the Netflix TV series, Stranger Things. Sound-tracked strictly by vinyl records featured in and inspired by the show.

Following last year’s sold out UK Tour, Strangest Things returns to The Ruby Lounge to take you to the upside down, with new twists and surprises.

Expect to hear all of the tracks from the show by The Clash, Toto, Joy Division, Foreigner, Modern English, Corey Hart, The Bangles and Jefferson Airplane – plus the likes of The Smiths, The Cure, David Bowie, New Order, Talking Heads, A Flock Of Seagulls, Depeche Mode, Television, Soft Cell, Blondie, The Undertones, The Psychedelic Furs, The Human League, Iggy Pop, The Specials, Billy Idol, The Jam and many more.

Make sure to look the Halloween part. Demogorgons, Barbs, Elevens & Papa’s… but also think: A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Evil Dead, The Thing, An American Werewolf In London, Gremlins, The Exorcist, The Shining, Poltergeist, The Goonies, Living Dead, Hellraiser, Lost Boys, Aliens… you get the idea. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed on the night! – Visit Manchester

Booking is Required

‘X-Files: The Truth is Out There’ screening

Date | 23rd Oct 2017 – Time 19:00 -23:00 | Location Gorilla, Arch 54/56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WW

Do you still want to believe? Join Mulder, Scully and friends for a celebration of the spookiest sci-fi show in history: the X-Files. As part of this celebration, there will be big-screen showings of classic X-Files episodes, with real life alien hunters sharing latest scientific discoveries that could get us one step closer to discovering if the truth is out there.

FBI-issue fancy dress (or tin hats) are a must. – Visit Manchester

No Booking Required

Halloween Pop-up Cinema at Victoria Baths

Date | 23rd Oct 2017 РTime 19:00 -23:00 | Location Victoria Baths, Hathersage Rd, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, M13 0FE

Tickets go on sale at noon (12pm) on Wednesday 27th September. 

On 27th and 28th October, we are transforming one of Manchester‚Äôs most impressive buildings ‚Äď Victoria Baths ‚Äď into a spooky, but beautiful, Halloween cinema experience. We will be showing one of the best Halloween films of the 90‚Äôs ‚Äď Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family and Beetlejuice! Dress up in your greatest Halloween attire, bring blankets and watch a classic Halloween film in a stunning location.

We will be joined by DJ Matt Hydes, who will be spinning some spooky tunes before the film, plus street food traders The Blue Caribou Canteen, Mac Daddies and Dim Sum Su. The Village Screen bar will be open throughout the event serving prosecco, wine, cocktails, craft beers, soft drinks, hot drinks, popcorn and fresh doughnuts.

Timings: Doors to the event will open at 16.00 with the film starting at 17.30.

How to buy tickets: Tickets go on sale HERE on Wednesday 27th September at midday (12pm).

Ticket prices: Pool level tickets are priced at £15.00 for adults and £12.00 for students, children and seniors (over 60). Balcony level tickets are priced at £13.00 for adults and £10.00 for students, children and seniors (over 60). Online booking fees apply.

Minimum age: Hocus Pocus is classified PG and this event is suitable for all ages. We are recommending a minimum age of 6 for this event to ensure your little ones can get the best view possible of the film. We will reserve some seats close to the screen for smaller children and their families.

Additional info: Victoria Baths is unheated so please wrap up warm for this event. Visit Manchester

Booking is Required


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That’s all the events I could find on the Halloween in the City website but if there any more you know off please let Mykey Explores know about them in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter @mykeyexplores

Finally I was you all a happy Halloween and stay safe while having good time with Ghosts and Witches, if you have any stories or pictures you like to share with me use the #McrHalloween2017 and tag Mykey Explores in the post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and I will personal comment and like every single post as best as i can.

Boo for now



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