The Parties in Manchester You Just HAVE To Go To This Halloween

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There’s always so much to do in Manchester - you’re guaranteed to have a bloody good time, no matter what day it is.

But why not treat yourself to a spook-tacular Halloween by dropping in to one of these fang-tastic events across the city!?

Town Hall Halloween

1. Halloween Festival – Manchester City Centre

This month Manchester will be hosting its first ever Halloween festival – over 4,000 pumpkin lanterns and a giant robotic spider included. You’ll be able to see the exhibits and take part in the activities between the 21st and 31st October in a variety of venues across the city. You’ll have a scream – literally!

2. Manchester Halloween Parade – The Printworks

The walking dead will take to the streets on Sunday, when Manchester hosts its eighth annual zombie walk. If you fancy taking part, up to 2,500 people are expected to don their fancy dress and meet in The Printworks at 18:00. It’s definitely a no brain-er, but make sure you book in advance - there are only limited spaces available. And don't get bitten!

Zombie Walk

3. Harry Potter Halloween Party – Waxy O’Connor’s

Transport yourself to Hogwarts on Saturday for the ultimate Halloween celebration. Discover an unbeatable range of Harry Potter themed cocktails, shots and food. And you can’t leave without trying Waxy O'Connor’s very own Butterbeer! Don’t forget to come dressed in your best robes either. It’s 10 points for your House if you win the fancy dress competition – well, winning a bar tab might just have to do!

Harry Potter

4. Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop – Manchester City Centre

For something a little more family friendly, how about searching for Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop on Saturday? Dr Dee was a scientist, magician, spy and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. But now you can discover his shop's hidden location by following a map and tracking down the clues. But you have to crack the code before Dr Dee will let you enter his domain and show you his secrets as one of the greatest minds of the 16th century.

5. Scare Kingdom - Blackburn

If you’re happy to travel outside the city centre, you’ll find Scare Kingdom up near Blackburn - and it’s well worth the drive! For the past four years, it’s been voted as the UK’s top Scream Park. And between 1st October and 6th November, they’re inviting you to try their seven new attractions, if you dare! From venturing through a secret underground location where The Sickness is spreading, to wandering through Manormortis, the ultimate haunted house - it’s spine-chilling!

Scare Kingdom 2

6. Capital’s Monster Mash Up – Manchester Academy

Capital FM have teamed up with Vodafone to host 3 Monster Mash Up Halloween parties across the country – in London, Liverpool and, of course, Manchester. Expect to see Craig David, Bob Sinclar, Sigala, Kungs and Sigma’s DJ Set. You’d better grab your tickets and start planning your costume soon though - this freak-ing ultimate Halloween night out is coming up on Sunday.

7. Haunted Library Murder Mystery – Central Library

This adult only murder mystery will add a twist to your Halloween celebrations. Head to the Central Library after hours on Monday for a family reunion which quickly turns sour. It’s your job to discover who killed one of your family members. Run by After Dark Entertainment, this is a ghoulishly fun way to celebrate Halloween. 

8. Alice in Horrorland – Walkabout

Take a tumble down the rabbit hole and discover Horrorland this week. Between the 28th and 31st October, Walkabout in The Printworks will be transformed. Expect to see the Mad Hatter’s banquet pumpkins and expect to taste some exclusive Alice themed cocktails, shots and food. The DJs will be playing a monster mashup of RnB, dance and house as well as a selection of Halloween classics too. And don’t forget to come dressed in your most terrifying outfit – you don’t want to miss out on the prizes for the best dressed.

9. When The Darkness Knocks... – Chetham’s Library

Take a step back in time at Chetham’s Library on Monday. A group of First Draft performers will share music, stories, poetry and drama to uncover it’s spooky past. From being a priest’s residence to a prison, and from a gunpowder factory to a stately home, the Library is steeped in history. I hope you're not afraid of the dark...

10. Penny Dreadful Halloween Special – The Fitzgerald

Head to Victorian England this Saturday at The Fitzgerald. Expect to hear terrifying tales, taste specially themed cocktails, listen to old jazz and watch black and white horror movies. Sweeney Todd might even make a guest appearance. It's set to be a thriller! 

Penny Dreadful

11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Richmond Tea Rooms

This Saturday Richmond Tea Rooms are adding a nightmare twist to the children’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Accompanied by a themed buffet, each guest will be given a role to play in this unusual murder mystery. Just remember to book your tickets in advance – you don’t want to miss out on this spook-tacular evening! 

Charlie Choc

12. The Purge: Hot Mess vs Orderly Conduct – ARK and Revolution

Prepare for this year’s Purge sanctioned by ‘Lockdown’ at ARK and Revolution. The bars will combine their most popular student nights for Hot Mess vs Orderly Conduct, to see which event will conquer. Commencing at the 22:00 siren on Monday, 7 rooms will open with 5 DJs, super drinks deals will be introduced and an expected 3,000 Purgers will descend on Deansgate. Remember to book your tickets in advance or your Purging rights will be withdrawn!


13. The Birds – Track Brewery

Head to the brewery this Friday evening for a special showing of this Hitchcock classic to get you in the mood for the Halloween weekend. Sit back and relax with the popcorn available, the Track Beer and the delicious doughnuts from Manchester’s Blawd Bakehouse. But don’t get too comfortable, you never know what’s lurking just around the corner.

14. Dead Ringaz – Kosmonaut

Countless undead celebrities will be heading to Kosmonaut this Saturday, and you could be joining their ranks. Throw on a zombie celebrity outfit and shuffle your way down to this boo-rilliant hip hop Halloween party with the Hip Hop Chip Shop. Not only will there be a chippy tea, but they also promise plenty of tricks and treats and prizes for the best dressed.

15. Psycho: Live – Albert Hall

The Albert Hall are putting on another classic Hitchcock horror this Sunday. Psycho will be showing alongside a live orchestra – the Manchester Camerata – which will be playing the 1960s soundtrack. This live cinema experience has already sold out in London’s Roundhouse, Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and Bristol’s Colston Hall in the past, but this is the first time it’s come to Manchester. A truly terror-ific way to finish the weekend!

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Written By

Ciara Hanstock

Bit of a traveller and lover of all things outdoors-y. Although you'll usually catch me devouring chocolate, which doesn't sit too well with the New Year's resolution!