16 giant inflatable monsters are now looming over Manchester – here’s where to find them

Halloween is back in the city.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 25th October 2023

Halloween has returned to city once again… and this year, even more giant inflatable monsters than ever before have taken to the streets.

It’s been a long time coming, but spooky season is now officially here in Manchester.

Returning for its eighth year, Halloween in the City – which is organised by Manchester BID and CityCo, and is the country’s biggest Halloween celebration – is back for some more frightful fun this week, and just as it’s always been known and loved for, the family-friendly festival will be filling the city centre with things that go bump in the night.

Thousands of families are expected to head into the city wearing their spookiest costumes for the two-day FREE event taking place this weekend.

With the celebrations set to begin at 10am on both days, there’s a jam-packed lineup of events and activities for everyone to get stuck into – including the Monsters Rock! Music Festival, Walk the Plank’s legendary Monster Party Procession, and so much more.


If you’re looking to get in on the action early though, then you’ll be pleased – or frightened – to find out that the iconic MCR Monsters have already arrived.

They’re now looming over the city’s rooftops in greater numbers than ever before.


Created by artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas, the colourful collection of giant inflatable monsters have invaded the city centre from today right up until Halloween itself next Tuesday (31 October), so for those who dare to stay in the city as night falls, popular landmarks and buildings will be turning a ghoulish green to help make a Manchester a terrifyingly good place to be this Halloween.

There’s a total of 16 monsters to spot at more than a dozen locations, and here’s where you’ll need to head on down to to find them.

  1. Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square – Above Next, M4 3AJ
  2. Selfridges Exchange Square, M3 1BD
  3. Exchange Square (28 & 29 October only) – Festival Entrance, M3 1BD
  4. Exchange Square (28 & 29 October only) – Music Stage, M3 1BD
  5. Corn Exchange Manchester – Inside Exchange Square, M4 3TR
  6. Harvey Nichols, New Cathedral Street, M1 1AD
  7. New Cathedral Street (28 & 29 October only) – Near Ted Baker M1 1AD
  8. The Royal Exchange Manchester, St Ann’s Square, M2 7DH
  9. Castlefield Viaduct, Duke Street, M3 4PU
  10. AO Arena, Victoria Station Approach, Hunts Bank, M3 1AR
  11. AO Arena, Victoria Station Approach, Hunts Bank, M3 1AR
  12. New Century Hall, Miller Street, M4 4AH
  13. New Victoria, Corporation Street, M4 4DZ
  14. KAMPUS Aytoun Street, M1 3GL
  15. The Church, Chorlton Street, M1 3HN
  16. Depot Mayfield, Baring Street, M1 2PY

As mentioned, the MCR Monsters are part of the wider annual Halloween in the City celebrations.


Organised by Manchester BID on behalf of retailers, restaurants, and businesses in the city centre, the two-day event includes a fancy dress challenge, a monster procession, a monster music festival, and so much more.

The ‘Monsters Rock! Music Festival’ will take over New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square, Market Street and Exchange Square, with live bands, DJs, rides, circus acts and even monster portaloos, while Walk the Plank’s popular ‘Monsters Rock Out Procession’ is back by popular demand after 2022’s success.

The frighteningly-good carnival will feature giant puppet monsters, stilt walkers, and a live band partying their way through Manchester Arndale and Market Street.

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Thousands of families are also expected to take part in the ‘Team Trick vs Team Treat Challenge’, where you can win points for your team, and you’ll even be able to take to the ice on a spooky outdoor ice rink too, as Scare Skate returns to Cathedral Gardens for another year.

Find out more about everything happening for Halloween in the City 2023 here.

Featured Image – The Manc Group