Spooky season is upon us.
And while 2020 might have been scary enough as it is, we’re so excited for a whole host of Halloween-themed antics this year. From drive-in cinemas to spooky evenings of ghost stories and so much more, Halloween isn’t quite cancelled this year. Check out our guide to the best events taking place in and around Manchester.
ScareCity has us in for quite the fright this year, with a number of spooky movie classics in store for horror fanatics. Enjoy newer hits such as IT: Chapter 2 and Annabelle Comes Home, or get spooked by a classic such as the Blair Witch Project, The Ring or The Hills Have Eyes. There’ll be actors on site, too, for the occasion – so watch out for what goes bump in the night while you’re there! Tickets are on sale now for just £35 per vehicle.
Celebrate Halloween in style on one of Manchester’s finest rooftops – with stunning views of the city and beyond to enjoy. Guests will get to enjoy bottomless brunch for two hours, with unlimited beer, prosecco, wine and soft drinks available to choose from. Brunch comes in the form of a stacked platter, filled with goodies such as BBQ pork sliders, mini steak baguettes, dirty fries and even chocolate Churros. Secure your place now.
3. Experience FilmFear at HOME
Teaming up with Film4 for Halloween, Home will be hosting a line-up of horror classics over Halloween week – exploring “politics, society, history and the many ways that the world we live in can scare us.”. Sounds terrifying to me. Films include Jennifer’s Body, Candyman, Attack The Block and The Host, among others – and tickets are on sale now.
Fans of the best-selling Candlelight concerts will know just how fantastic the ambience is, and for Halloween, they’re opting for more of a spooky feel to get us into the spirit. The talented musicians will be performing famous scores from classic films such as Jaws, Beetlejuice and The Shining, with flickering candlelight surrounding the entire space to set the tone. Tickets are on sale now.
5. Spot the monsters with ‘Halloween in the City’
Manchester’s giant monsters are returning for another year, with new faces to spot across seven city-centre locations. Check them out across Spinningfields, the Great Northern, Selfridges, the Printworks, Manchester Arndale, Moda Angel Gardens and 111 Piccadilly between October 26 and November 1.
Fancy sitting down to hear some seriously freaky ghost stories… In the dark… At one of Manchester’s most haunted spots? Well, now’s your chance (if you think you can handle it). A modern take on a Victorian Ghost Show, guests are invited to join Mister Dusty Rose, a renowned New York-based mind reader and variety artist, who’ll be transporting guests to spookier times… Was that a creaking floorboard I could hear in the distance? Get your tickets here.
Inspired by the hit Netflix show Stranger Things, Trapped At Home has arrived just in time for Halloween – and it’s the perfect activity for a spooky night in with friends. You and your friends will need to decipher missing Will’s messages (which are being heard from a whole other reality), in a bid to crack the code before its too late. Tickets cost just £10 for a group of five to play, and you can gain access to the game here.
8. Bottomless brunch at Flight Club
Flight Club’s Killer Brunch Social is back for 2020 – with guests invited to join them for a ‘Halloween scare’ including cocktails on arrival, a bottle of prosecco (per person!), bottomless pizza and a two-hour game of darts, with prizes and surprises in store throughout. Tickets start at £25, and you can find out more on Flight Club’s website.