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Halloween In Manchester

Manchester is a Spooky place to be this Halloween, with goblins and ghouls around every corner.


24th – 28th October - Monster Invasion! Keep your eyes peeled for monsters over Halloween Weekend. As you travel around the city centre you’ll see monsters climbing buildings, peeking out of windows and hiding around corners.

27th October – Ghost World Record attempt. Grab a bedsheet and head to Exchange Square as Manchester tries to set the World Record for the most bedsheet Ghosts in one place.

27th October – Family Halloween Extravaganza. Join Dracula in Central Library from 7pm for a spook-tacularly good time, complete with creepy crafts and a silent disco.

27th & 28th October – Trick or Treat trail. A spin-tinging good time for the whole family. Grab a map and follow the trail to the Witches Hovel, Dracula’s lair & Frankenstein’s Tomb – there will be rewards for the brave Adventurer who make it to the end of the map.

28th October – Spooky Pooch Parade. It’s a Halloween costume parade for your favourite four-legged friend. Parade starts at 12pm in Exchange Square.

29th October – Halloween Night Swim. Journey out for the city centre to the Helly Hansen Watersports centre in Salford Quays for the Halloween Night Swim. Tickets are limited to 50 brave swimmers and the £20 admission price includes a glow-in-the-dark swim cap, and a warm mug of soup at the end.

30th October- Haunted Heritage and Literature. Visit Manchester’s Haunted Tudor Hall for a night of Ghost stories and haunted heritage. The night starts at 7.30pm and includes talks from The Manchester Centre of Gothic Studies.

Concerts & Events at Manchester Arena Oct - Dec 2018

26th October – Enrique Iglesias
27th October – Rick Astley


2nd November – David Bryne
17th November – Jess Glynne
18th November – Boy George & Culture Club
20th November – The Four Tops and The Temptations
23rd November – Florence + the Machine
24th November – Human League
26th November – Lauryn Hill
29th November – Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics


6th December – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
7th December – Madness
8th December – James + The Charlatans
10th December – Black Stone Cherry
11th December – Nightwish
12th December – Def Leppard
14th December – Josh Groban
20th December – Andre Rieu

Manchester Apollo Concerts Oct 2018


23rd October – Rudimental
25th October  Dr. Jordan Peterson: 12 Rules For Life Tour - An Antidote To Chaos
26th October 5 Seconds Of Summer
27th October 5 Seconds Of Summer
28th October Heels of Hell 2018 (Alaska & Sharon Needles)
29th October Dita Von Teese's 'The Art Of The Teese' Burlesque Revue
30th October Kacey Musgraves
31st October Levison Wood Journeys Through

Matilda The Musical 18/09 - 24/11

Where: Palace Theatre
When: 18th September - 24th November 2018

The hit, West End musical arrives in Manchester. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, with music by Tim Minchin, this award-winning show is a fantastic treat for the whole family.

Manchester Science Festival 18/10 - 28/10

Where: Museum of Science and Industry

When: 18th - 28TH October 2018

Join the Museum of Science and Industry as they celebrate a year of science. Packed with a calendar of fun, quirky and exciting event its a must do for science lovers. 

Monster Invasion 24/10 - 31/10

Where: Various locations

When: 24th - 31st October 2018

Monsters (of the inflatable variety) have taken over Manchester. Grab a map and explore the city, whilst keeping an eye out for the ghouls and goblins decorating some of Manchester's iconic buildings. Plus visit Exchange Square on the 26th to see the world record attempt for most bedsheet ghosts in one place!

Halloween Ghost Train 26/10 - 31/10

Where: Bury Bolton Street Station

When: 26th, 27th & 31st October 2018

A spooky journey on the East Lancashire Railway through dark tunnels, complete with ghosts and ghouls. A fantastic Halloween treat for your little monsters.

Manchester Whisky Festival 26/10 - 27/10

Where: Manchester Cathedral

When: 26/10 - 27/10

Some of the finest distillers from as far afield as Taiwan, India, Japan and the USA will descend on Manchester Cathedral, offering customers the opportunity to sample drams of all varieties. Join workshops and masterclasses, meet the experts and experience some rare 'under the counter' whiskeys.

Haunted Halloween 27/10 - 31/10

Where: Tatton Park

When: 27th - 31st October 2018

Dare you enter the Old Hall at Tatton Park?

Take an eerie tour of the medieval building, pick your own pumpkin and join in ghoulish activities in the ancient grounds.

Calendar Girls The Musical 27/10 - 04/11

Where: The Lowry Theatre 

When: 27th October - 4th November 2018

Based on the true story of a Yorkshire WI who shot to international stardom whilst trying to raise money for their local Cancer hospital.

When Annie's husband is diagnosed with cancer, she gathers her friends from the local WI to raise money for the hospital. When her friend Chris strikes on the idea of producing a calendar of women taking part in traditional activities, in the nude, the women are catapulted on a journey to a level of celebrity they never expected.

Cocktails In the City 02/11 - 03/11

Where: New Century Hall 

When: 2nd November - 3rd November 

Manchester’s top mixologist will show off their skills at the UK’s top cocktail event. They will compete with showstopping cocktails, to wow attendees and be crowned the best cocktail bar in Manchester. Ticket at £12 and include a cocktail on arrival.

Christmas Light Switch On 03/11

Where: Albert Square

When: 3rd November

Join in the fun of the official kick off event to Manchester's Festive season. The Christmas Light Switch on promises celebrity guests and a fabulous firework display, and its guaranteed to get you in the party spirit.

Ice Village Manchester 09/11 – 05/01/19

Where: Cathedral Gardens

When: 9th November to 5th January

Cathedral Gardens will become a winter wonderland this year, complete with ice skating rink, Artic Bar and Santa’s Grotto. Its festive fun for the whole family.

Christmas Markets 9/11 - 22/12

Where: Across the City

When: 9th November to the 22nd December 

The centre piece of Manchester's festivities is back for its 20th year. Over 300 stalls selling food, drink and all kinds of Christmas treats will spread over the city. So grab a mulled wine and bratwurst, and have a Merry Christmas.

Kinky Boots 12/11 - 1/12

Where: The Manchester Opera House

When: 12th November to 1st December

Based on true events, Kinky Boots is the story of the workers in a struggling, family run, Northampton shoe factory. With music and lyrics from Cyndi Lauper.


Santa’s Grotto 16/11 - 24/12

Where: Manchester Arndale

When: 16th November to 24th December

Santa has brought a portion of the North Pole to Manchester and is ready to meet the kids and hear their Christmas lists. Make sure you don’t delay in seeing the main man from Thursday 16 November until Sunday 24 December!

Jurassic Park in Concert 19/11

Where: Bridgewater Hall

When: 19th November

Welcome… to Jurassic Park!

See Jurassic Park like you’ve never seen it before – At Bridgewater Hall, projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture.

Santa Special Train - Weekends in December

Where: East Lancashire Railway

When: Weekends in December

Step aboard the East Lancashire Railway and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, enjoy a festive tipple as Santa and his helpers deliver gifts to all the children.

Wicked! 4/12 – 5/01/18

Where: The Palace Theatre

When: 4th December to 5th January

The smash-hit musical that reimagined story of The Wicked Witch of the West is back in Manchester. A must see for any theatre fan.



Cinderella 8/12 - 30/12

Where: The Manchester Opera House

When: 8th December - 30th December

Comedian Les Dennis starts in the traditional Christmas pantomime, Cinderella. Enjoy a fun filled family panto, featuring all of the ingredients of the perfect pantomime; celebrity names, stunning scenery, fantastic costume and plenty “He’s behind you’s”!!

Unveiling of the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst 14/12

Where: St Peter's Square

When: 14th December 

Designed by sculptor Helen Reeves, statue of famed Manchester suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in her new home opposite the Central Library in St Peter's Square.

Deer Feed and Trailer Ride 18/12 - 19/12

Where: Tatton Park

When: 18th & 19th December 

Follow the Tatton Park Rangers as they take the Deer for their Winter feed. Get a close look at hundreds of deer feeding in their beautiful natural setting. Please pre-book to avoid disappointment.

New Year’s Eve firework display 31/12

Where: Albert Square

When: 31st December

Manchester’s Christmas season will come to a spectacular end with an incredible fireworks display in Albert Square.