Giant Halloween monsters have taken over Manchester again – in pictures, and where to see them

The monster invasion is back in town.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 26th October 2022

Halloween is one of the festive occasions that Manchester really likes to throw itself in to – from the pumpkin-shaped lanterns that fill the trees to the special events that draw thousands to the city centre.

The ever-popular giant inflatable monsters have crept back onto rooftops and buildings over the course of this weekend.

Anyone passing through town this week will notice that our landmarks have been overrun with colourful tentacles and googly eyes and pointed teeth. 

It’s all part of Halloween in the City, Manchester Business Improvement District (BID)’s programme of shockingly good Halloween events, which will culminate with a family-friendly weekend on 29 and 30 October.

This year, families are encouraged to don their best fancy dress to come and join in with the activities.


Manchester’s monsters have been created by artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas and there are 14 to discover.

You can see the full list, photos of the monsters around Manchester, and find the full trail map below…

The monster trail around Manchester. Credit: Manchester BID

Rex-Tacular – Royal Exchange, St Ann’s Square

Krampus – Kampus

Snozzer – Manchester Arndale, above Next

Eye-Scream – Skate Manchester, Cathedral Gardens

Superstar Mon-star – AO Arena

Dave – The Oast House

Sprites – Selfridges, Exchange Square

Horrible Harvey – Harvey Nichols, New Cathedral Street

Bloodoo Child – New Century at NOMA

Sucker – The F E Sea monster – The Stile, Meadowside

Lockelin – Whitworth Locke, Princess Street

Scary Garry – Opposite Selfridges, Exchange Square (28 – 30 October only)

Spooky Nelson – Outside Zara, New Cathedral Street (28 – 30 October only)

Ooey & Gooey – St Ann’s Square, opposite McDonald’s (28 – 30 October only)

Featured image: The Manc Group