Manchester Life

A Halloween Spookfest Complete With Rooftop Monsters And Enchanted Forest Is Coming To Manchester

By Laura O'Neill

The monsters are coming!

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Eight inflatable monsters will wrap their tentacles around Manchester’s rooftops as city-wide spookfest Halloween in the City is set to return. The giant green tentacles, created by artist Filthy Luker, will snake across the rooftops of House of Fraser, Manchester Arndale, Manchester Hall, Mayfield, Piccadilly Place and 35 Dale Street on October 27 and 28.

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Elsewhere, an enchanted forest of 30 birch trees will also fill St Ann’s Square, where families can meet magical creatures and characters including the witch from Julia Donaldson’s children’s book Room on the Broom. And buildings around the city including Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Hall and Afflecks will be lit up a gruesome green as part of the two-day festival.

Speaking after last year’s event Manchester City Council’s city centre spokesman Cllr Pat Karney, said:


“I can’t remember a Halloween weekend as amazing as this. Truly one of the best – and scariest – celebrations we’ve ever had. Well done to everyone involved – it was spook-tacular!”

For more information, visit the event website.