Manchester Life

City-Wide Spookfest ‘Halloween In The City’ Will Return To Manchester

By Laura O'Neill

The monsters are coming!

Eight inflatable monsters will wrap their tentacles around Manchester’s rooftops as city-wide spookfest Halloween in the City is set to return.

Photo: City Co Manchester Open City

The giant green tentacles, created by artist Filthy Luker, will snake across the rooftops of Manchester Arndale, The Printworks, Piccadilly Place and Mayfield Depot on October 26 and 27. While buildings around the city will be lit up a gruesome green as part of the two-day festival.

Trick or treat trail

There’ll be trick or treat houses scattered across the city, with a different monster at each, waiting to greet you. Those brave enough to tackle the Creepy Trail can collect a map and check off each point. Complete the trail and collect a special treat at the end.

When: October 26 and 27, 10am – 6pm

Where: Across the city

Dr Mancenstein’s Mad Science Castle

In St Anne’s Square brave souls will meet Manchester’s mad-for-it scientist, Dr. Graphena Mancenstein (and her monster, Liam) in the ruins of their exploded castle. Expect science, slime and more in an unmissable street theatre experience.

When: October 26 and 27, 10am – 6pm

Where: St Ann’s Square

Poisonous Maze

Take a walk through the grounds of Dr. Mancenstein’s castle and wander through the hedge maze that’s been taken over by creeping vines, enchanted statues and monstrous creatures – and watch out for the deadly, walking, talking bushes.

When: October 26 and 27, 10am – 6pm

Where: St Ann’s Square

Creepy Carnival


Grimm Rita’s Creepy Carnival will be twisting and turning along New Cathedral Street.

When: October 26 and 27, 10am – 6pm

Where: New Cathedral Street

The Strolling Bones Carnival

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