When: 24th – 31st October 2016
Where: Across Manchester
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Many events in the city centre are free
What is it?
From Monday 24th – Monday 31st October, Manchester city centre will undergo a spooky transformation, including huge imposing cemetery gates, pumpkin lined streets and a giant spider which will crawl across the city.
In honour of the event, iconic buildings including the Town Hall, Harvey Nichols, Manchester Arndale, House of Fraser and Selfridges, will be lit up green, adding to the city’s gothic beauty. Shop windows will take a sinister twist, while a scary sound trail of howling wolves and cackling witches will follow people across the city’s shopping streets.
Those feeling brave can join a ghost walking tour and discover the darker side of Manchester city centre. Walks take place from 28th to 31st October.
Alternatively, on Saturday 29 October, Wild Rumpus will be inviting families on a mysterious adventure across the city centre. Find the code to unlock and enter the secret and spellbinding world of Dr Dee, Manchester’s most famous alchemist. Follow a haunting historic map to track down clues, surprise happenings, and curious characters in unexpected locations. Find the location of the Secret Curiosity Shop – an intriguing and mysterious establishment only accessible every 421 years – and discover a spine tingling palace of curiosities that will change the way you see the city. Forever.
Also on the Saturday, look out for pop up performances from Travelling Light Circus’ Creatures of the Crypt, and beware of the giant, animatronic spider, as it stalks Manchester’s shopping streets.
On Sunday 30 October, The Printworks and Horrorwood Productions will be encouraging witches, ghosts, zombies and vampires to join their Halloween costume and zombie walk across the city centre. At Victoria Warehouse, from 14th to 31st October, expect an immersive, terrifying, and utterly unique horror experience with the Nightmare Emporium.
Other Halloween events in the city include a Sing-A-Long Flower-Arrange-Along Little Shop of Horrors screening, a pumpkin carving competition, a screening of Psycho with live soundtrack, and Halloween cabaret in a library.
More info: Visit www.halloweenmcr.com for the full events programme