1. Inflatable monsters invade for Halloween in the City 

Halloween is upon us, and the most spooktacular event is coming back to the city centre. From Wednesday 25 October, you can start spotting some friendly inflatables in what is the biggest MCR Monsters invasion ever! During the weekend make your way to Manchester Arndale and watch the Monster’s Rock Party Procession, bring the whole family to Hell-ter Skelter in New Cathedral Street for some frightening rides, or watch the roaming circus in the Carnival of Monsters in St. Anne’s Square. There are plenty more activities in this Halloween in the City, so dress up in your spookiest outfits and join the party! 

2. Outrun the zombies in a haunted half marathon 

Oldham is ready for the spookiest sporting event of the season. On Sunday, 29 October, the Halloween Half Marathon will run over a 13.1-mile course through the villages of the borough, with the start and finish lines in the town centre. If running a half marathon is not for you, you can still go out and support the athletes and cheer on as they cross the finish line. Entry fees for the runners start from £30. 

3. Discover the world’s first ever ‘Pooduction Line’ 

This half term, head to the Science and Industry Museum with the family and learn about what happens to food in your body through an interactive exhibition. With Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, explore some super-sized science and make your way through the digestive system – you can even get flushed down a giant toilet! For Halloween, Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx have shared their favourite ickiest experiences from the exhibition. Tickets to the exhibition start from £9. 

4. Find all kinds of hocus pocus in Afflecks 

If you’ve ever been curious about the history of the iconic Afflecks building, this is the tour for you. On Saturday, 28 October, Afflecks will turn into a Halloween House of Horror where Karen from Mad for Art will take you through the ghostly heritage of the 180-year-old building, you’ll join a spellcasting session with the resident witches at Occult and you’ll even get to try some delicious, seasonal treats! Tickets for the event start from £10. 

5. Turnpike Gallery’s dazzling exhibition illuminates Leigh 

Step into brilliance at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh until 16 December. Part of Wigan’s annual Light Night festival, the Light Up Exhibition invites visitors to actively contribute to the radiant displays with hands-on activities for visitors and drop-in workshops during this half term. The exhibition features artworks from Jim Bond, Joshua Space and Travelling Light Circus. Free to visit, the exhibition is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays. 

Book Now: West End Christmas Spectacular comes to the AO Arena 

Directly from the West End, one of the most successful festive shows is coming to AO Arena on the 4 December. Fairytale of New York was created by Ged Graham who is also a producer and cast member, and features some of our favourite Christmas hits. The Irish inspired phenomenon includes some of the greatest Irish hits to sing along to! Tickets start from £30.50, and you can grab yours now here

New opening: Mean Eyed Cat 

This Deep South-inspired dive bar opened in the Northern Quarter just last month, taking over the former District space. Having been a staple in Leeds for the past two decades, Mean Eyed Cat now brings its rebellious spirit to Manchester’s most eclectic neighbourhood. With every drink, from 5pm to 9pm, you get a free pizza, and you can order some delicious Johnny Cash themed cocktails. Take a chance and roll the dice – if you get a six, your round is free! 


MCR Monsters
Halloween in the City
Inflatable halloween monster installed above Next, Manchester

Look up! Look out! Beware! The legendary MCR Monsters are back, taking over the city’s streets and rooftops.

Monster’s Rock! Party Procession
Halloween in the City
People marching in Halloween fancy dress

An unmissable roaming performance from Walk the Plank, expect a crazy procession of monster puppets, giant skeletons, stilt walkers and five-piece band.

Hell-ter Skelter
Halloween in the City
Red and white helter skelter in Manchester City Centre

Take a spin on the devilish ride that lands you in a pit of smoke and flames!

Carnival of Monsters
Halloween in the City
People dressed up for Halloween with pumpkin masks

Run for the hills! A Carnival of Monsters tumbles onto St Ann’s Square – a family-friendly freakshow with roaming circus performers, sideshow stalls, hula hooping workshops and a hall of mirrors.

Halloween in the City
Halloween monsters installed on buildings in Manchester

Mark the arrival of Halloween with a host of monstrously good events across Manchester city centre.

Oldham Halloween Half Marathon 2023
Sporting Event
Halloween Half poster

Oldham Halloween Half, the borough’s 13.1 mile course is widely regarded as one of the toughest half marathon events in the country, with its hilly landscape that is incredibly popular among local running clubs, charities, businesses and residents.

Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You
Dr Xand Dr Ronx and Dr Chris

Dive headfirst into the digestive system for an unforgettable journey of super-sized science with the Science and Industry Museum's world premiere blockbuster exhibition, Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, which will see the hit CBBC children's TV series brought to life.

Afflecks Halloween House of Horror
Afflecks decoreated for Halloween

The trailblazing independent shopping destination will be transformed into a Halloween House of Horror on Saturday 28th October as a very special Halloween experience brings tricks and treats to Afflecks!

Light Up Exhibition
Light Trails in City Against Sky at Night

The Turnpike Gallery is delighted to present a mesmerising display of light art featuring the work of Jim Bond, Josh Space and Travelling Light Circus.

Fairytale of New York
Dancers on stage at Fairytale of New York

Direct from the West End and after two sell-out tours, the ultimate feel-good Irish-inspired Christmas show is back with an even bigger production for 2023. Featuring all your favourite Christmas songs alongside some of the greatest Irish sing-a-long songs of all time.



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