Want to know what's on in Manchester? Confidentials has got you covered. Here are 10 things next month that are actually worth going to
Bolton International Film Festival
Film fanatics, this one's for you. This year's Bolton International Film Festival will be showing 300 BAFTA and BIFA-qualifying short films across five days in multiple venues across the town. Expect industry talks and the opportunity to network with producers and directors. Recognisable faces that have attended previous BIFFs include Maxine Peake, Diane Morgan and Joe Lycett.
Cockfield's Pumpkin Festival
Calling all pumpkin enthusiasts - it's time to get picking your perfect Jack-o'-lantern. Celebrating all things pumpkin, Cockfield's Farm Park have a range of family-friendly activities available centred around the big, orange spheres of fruit. Meet and greet with farm animals, reptiles and rodents, or take a Halloween hayride on the tractor. You can pick up a pumpkin to take home with you as well.
Ember & The Vixens: Creepy Cabaret
Combining sexy and spooky, Selina Helliwell Productions presents a Halloween-themed cabaret show from Ember & The Vixens. Head down to the King's Arms for an evening of spooktacular entertainment featuring themed music, boo-tiful burlesque, spine-tingling spoken word and a whole host of ghoulish surprises. Strictly 18+.
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Bringing together over 200 of the UK's most talented creators and designers, the GNCCF showcases everything from ceramics, jewellery-making, textiles, glass art and more. Each exhibitor has been specially selected for their outstanding craftsmanship. Handmade one-off items are available to view and buy, ideal for Christmas gifting.
In true spooky season spirit, Odeon Great Northern will be transformed into a horror haven with four days of terrifying films. As well as movie premieres and re-released genre classics, there's the opportunity to attend filmmaker and cast Q&As, take part in pub quizzes, attend exclusive parties and collect autographs from special guests.
Jonathan Schofield's Halloween Tours
On this tour there are tales of enchanters, broken hearted lovers, ghostly pig men and many other wonders of the supernatural world. AND all these stories are genuine Manchester stories. They are not gimmicks. The tour will also reveal some of the rich history of this magnificent city while delivering thrills and also lots of laughs. The tour finishes in a terrifying dark underground space where often strange and unaccountable things happen.
Where: Central Library, St Peter's Square. M2 5PD. The tour finishes on Princess Street close to the junction with Whitworth Street.
When: Sunday 29 October (4pm, 6.30pm), Tuesday 31 October (6pm, 8pm)Price: £20 Tickets & more info: Jonathan Schofield Tours
Manchester Literature Festival
Bookworms and spoken word superfans, this one is for you. Manchester Literature Festival is back with another thought-provoking programme of events designed to celebrate imagination, creativity and ideas. Taking place across the city in a whole host of different venues, avid readers can get up close and personal with some of their favourite authors.
Queen by Candlelight
Under Pressure to find the perfect date night? Satisfy that Crazy Little Thing Called Love and enjoy A Kind of Magic that only music by iconic 80s rock band Queen can bring. What could be better than that? Hundreds of candles and a cast of live West End singers, of course. You'll be having such a good time (having a ball).
Romeo & Juliet
Making his Royal Exchange Theatre debut, theatre and film director Nicholai La Barrie provides a moving evening of entertainment with his rendition of Shakespeare's tragic love story between Montagues and Capulets. This contemporary adaptation is being described as 'a love-letter to Manchester', celebrating youth, love and aspiration as a beacon of hope during troubled times.
As if the abandoned Camelot theme park site wasn't creepy enough by nightfall, this October, Scare City is set to return for its fourth year. With 10 terrifying zones, including four brand-new indoor mazes complete with goulish live actors, this immersive horror experience is great fun as well as very scary.
Know of anything interesting coming up? Let me know on Twitter: @Harley__Young or drop me an email: email@example.com
Get the latest news to your inbox
Get the latest food & drink news and exclusive offers by email by signing up to our mailing list. This is one of the ways that Confidentials remains free to our readers and by signing up you help support our high quality, impartial and knowledgable writers. Thank you!