Natasha Bedingfield, festivals and spooky theatre

It’s that time of the year again, and for many people, Halloween is bigger than Christmas so we’ve gone and put together a handy round-up of all the ghoulish, scary and a-bit-scary-but-child-friendly events for children and adults alike.

There are weekend-long festivals, interactive walking tours, Lego and even the chance to live out your wildest dreams and see Natasha Bedingfield after a night of playing bingo. Could this be the best Halloween of all time? Certainly until next year. So without further ado, release the events. Happy Halloween and try not to get egged.


Legoland Discovery Centres Halloween Brick Or Treat Which Will Take Place At The Trafford Centre In Manchester During October

BRICK OR TREAT | LEGO DISCOVERY CENTRE | 2 - 31 OCTOBER

Squarely aimed at little monsters, Lego Discovery Centre at The Trafford Centre is putting on a special Halloween event featuring a wide range of events. A Lego pumpkin building session, a scavenger hunt and a boogie with the centre’s Halloween character mascots all await, but nothing too scary - nobody’s going to brick themselves. Tickets from £19.75 per adult and £15.25 per child.


Spookfest At The Trafford Centre In Manchester Will Bring A Ghost Train Spooky Hay Bale Maze And Offers Across The Shopping Centre As Part Of Their Halloween Celebrations

SPOOKFEST | TRAFFORD CENTRE | 11 - 31 OCTOBER

The Trafford Centre’s summer space is getting a spooky makeover this month to celebrate all things Halloween. A haunted hay bale maze, a ghost train and a Halloween big top show are just some of the attractions awaiting visitors opposite The Great Hall Entrance. Deals and offers will also be available in the centre as part of the festivities. Entry to Spookfest is £3.50 with rides priced individually. Pre-booking is advised.


Grimmfest In Manchester This October Which Will Follow Its Popular In Person Programme Of Modern Horror Films With An Online Curated Selection Of 26 To Enjoy At Home

GRIMMFEST | ONLINE | 14 - 17 OCTOBER

Missed the in-person event and still yearning for the latest and best in horror films? Don’t worry, to cap off this year’s event, Grimmfest will be going online for three days in mid-October with 26 curated horror films including exclusives and selections from the in-person festival. Films come in double headers and range from Spore (a mutating fungus wipes everyone out in a Mid-west American town) to The Pizzagate Massacre (QAnon meets gruesome satire). Films start from £10.


Get Your Skates On At Skate Manchester Coming To Cathedral Gardens In November 2021 With A Special Spooky Skate Event In The Heart Of The City

SCARE SKATE | CATHEDRAL GARDENS | 22 - 31 OCTOBER

If you enjoy the thrilling and terrifying rush of potentially falling over on a slippy surface whilst also lapping up Halloween-themed lighting and music, not to mention ghoulish professional skaters, you’re going to be all over Scare Skate. Part of the wider Monsters in the City celebrations and now with a supersized rink, dressing up is encouraged. Tickets start at £13 for adults and £11 for children. 


The Headless Horseman Is Coming To Oldham As Part Of A Halloween Production Of Sleepy Hollow At Oldham Coliseum

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW | OLDHAM COLISEUM | 26 - 30 OCTOBER

The Headless Horseman is coming to Oldham and he’s expecting you to buy a ticket or there’ll be hell to pay. An adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic pants-shittingly scary tale, Wendi Peters of Big! The Musical and Coronation Street fame along with Bill Ward of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Emmerdale star in a new take on the American gothic classic. Tickets start at £18.50.


ELECTRIC GOLDFISH PRESENTS: MANSION | ANTWERP MANSION | 27 - 29 OCTOBER

Fancy a live, multi-sensory immersive theatre experience in one of the North West’s most haunted spots? Of course you do. Mansion will see small groups guided through the mansion on a 40-minute extremely nervous energy fest as actors bring to life a sinister story with thrills, scares and spooky vibes. Tickets start at £15.


Bongos Bingo Which Originally Started In Liverpool Will Be Coming To Manchester For A Special Halloween Event Featuring Natasha Bedingfield

BONGO’S BINGO XL | MANCHESTER CENTRAL | 29 OCTOBER

Bongo’s Bingo is one of those bucket list events that everyone should do at least once in their life. You can’t fully appreciate the original bingo rave phenomenon until you’ve experienced it first hand and this month’s jumbo Halloween events at Manchester Central are a good place to start. All that excitement and then a headline slot from Natasha Bedingfield to top it off. Repeat after me: feel, the, rain, on, your, skin. Final release tickets are available for £27. 


Pillars At The Warehouse Project A Dance Music Event At Mayfield Depot Manchester

HALLOWEEN AT THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT PT1 | MAYFIELD DEPOT | 29 OCTOBER

Part 2 is sold out so all you Halloravers that still want to writhe around in the low light surrounds of Mayfield Depot to pounding dance music need to get yourselves a ticket for Halloween Part 1 at The Warehouse Project. Manchester house duo Solardo and German techno pals PAN-POT are just some of the notable DJs on hand providing a solid soundtrack for getting off your pumpkin to. Tickets start at £25.


Genre Fluid 5 Piece Dorcha Who Play Experimental Psychedelia Will Be Playing Salfords Fat Out Fest

FAT OUT FEST | VARIOUS | 29 OCTOBER - 1 NOVEMBER

We’ve previously previewed the riotous Fat Out Fest but just to remind you, it’s over Halloween weekend and it’s going to be a biggy. Bringing forth the best of truly underground and independent music as well as audiovisual talent and an unashamed front and centre celebration of queer culture, it’s going to be an absolute hoot. Spread across five venues in Salford including the so hot right now White Hotel as well as the always hot forever Old Pint Pot, you need to snap yourself up a ticket before it’s too late.


Luxury Halloween Cinema Will Be Coming To King Street Townhouse In Manchester With Posh Nibbles Drinks And A Choice Of Four Classic Halloween Films

LUXURY HALLOWEEN CINEMA | KING STREET TOWNHOUSE | 29 - 31 OCTOBER

Who doesn’t love luxury? (Nobody, that’s who). Enjoy the scary classics in style on Halloween weekend with a stop off at King Street Townhouse’s luxury screening room. IT, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice will all be getting the cosy lux treatment with screening tickets including a sweet treat and a cocktail, mocktail or soft drink. Tickets start at £30.


The Monsters Will Be Back In Manchester As Part Of Halloween In The City Which Includes Photography Tours Monsters Parades And More

HALLOWEEN IN THE CITY | VARIOUS | 30 & 31 OCTOBER

Halloween in the City, aka “the monsters”, will be back again this year with city-wide events including interactive walking trails, a monster welcome procession, a monster carnival, monster bands, monster trucks with DJs on and even monster ice skating. So many monsters, so little time. Most events are free, popping up at locations including Exchange Square, St Ann’s Square, Cathedral Gardens and The Arndale and Market Street. Dressing up is encouraged.


Hatch Howloween Will Be A Dog Friendly Halloween Event At Hatch On Oxford Road Featuring Fancy Dress Costumes And A Doggie Disco

HOWL’OWEEN | HATCH | 31 OCTOBER

Howl, like a dog or a wolf, get it? Listen, some dogs are just really into Halloween and Hatch is more than happy to facilitate an opportunity for them to catch up with their four-legged mates and get a bit spooky in the process. Oh yeah and owners are welcome too, etc etc. Expect best dog competitions, fancy dress (dog and owner), pop-pups, a mutt market and even a doggie disco. Entry is free.


HALLOWEEN PARTY | CRINGLE PARK | 31 OCTOBER

Wholesome spooky vibes at Cringle Park in Levenshulme on Halloween thanks to sustainability-minded and all-round good vibes and social responsibility coffee purveyors, Grounded. The coffee trike and gazebo will be in place from 11am until 3pm with added ghost hunt, poke the pumpkin and treats and brews. Entry is free.


Central Library 2

FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY | CENTRAL LIBRARY | 31 OCTOBER

More wholesome family Halloween vibes at Central Library. A good one if you’re in town with the kids. Face painters, a silent disco and creepy crafts await with fancy dress again encouraged with trick or treat prizes and ghoulish surprises also on the bill. Family tickets are £5 with the event open 4.30pm to 8.30pm.


SPOOKY FILM NIGHT | THE BEAGLE | 31 OCTOBER

A Halloween film double feature in Chorlton thanks to The Beagle who’ll be screening both Hocus Pocus (4pm) and Night of The Living Dead (8pm). Both screenings are free but you might look a bit sly if you don’t at least buy one drink. Luckily it’s happy hour 4-6pm. No details with regards to dressing up but a cape wouldn’t hurt, would it?

Headline photo credit: The Vain Photography


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