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Mancs invited to ‘dress up and join in’ as Halloween hits the city this weekend, The Manc

Mancs invited to ‘dress up and join in’ as Halloween hits the city this weekend

Ghastly ghouls, wicked witches, curious cats, and more will all be welcome in Manchester city centre this weekend.

The spooky season is finally here, and Halloween in the City is returning to Manchester this weekend to celebrate.

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With so much happening over the two-day festival as part of the annual Halloween in the City celebrations – which are organised by CityCo and Manchester Business Improvement Distict (BID) – visitors to the city centre this weekend are being encouraged to “dress up, join in, and get gruesome” to look the part.

It won’t be something you see every day, but everything from ghastly ghouls, to wicked witches, curious cats, and more will all be welcome in Manchester city centre this Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October.

The more people in spooky fancy dress, the better.

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While the Halloween in the City celebrations will be largely taking place over this weekend, if you’ve got a keen eye, then you may have already noticed that giant inflatable monsters with hanging tentacles, fanged teeth, and bloodshot eyes have been starting to take over the rooftops of Manchester this week.

Dotted at eleven different locations across the city centre, you’ll be able to go on adventure to discover them at places like KAMPUS, Selfridges, the Manchester Arndale, Great Northern Warehouse, Printworks and The Royal Exchange Manchester, Spinningfields, and at the ‘spooktacular’ Cathedral Gardens outdoor ice rink.

And then on Halloween weekend itself, there’ll be even more monsters set to pop up on the ground, so keep your eyes peeled around Exchange Square.

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The monsters are just the tip of the iceberg of events happening at Halloween in the City this weekend though – think a welcome procession of roaming monsters, a monster carnival, top monster bands, monster DJs, a monstrous photo trail across the city

Here’s a round-up of everything you can get involved with.

Mancs invited to ‘dress up and join in’ as Halloween hits the city this weekend, The Manc
Credit: CityCo / Manchester BID

A ‘monsters welcome’ procession

Walk The Plank, who also create the annual Manchester Day parade, are putting on a crazy procession of monster puppets, stilt walkers and a five-piece band across the Halloween weekend – and everyone is invited.

Find out more here.

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Dr Mancenstien’s Castle and Gardens

Visit the home of Manchester’s mad-for-it scientist, Dr. Mancenstein, encountering dragons, giant marauding crows, Mr Arsenic the castle butler and eerie groundskeepers along the way whilst dodging the man-eating plants.

Free to attend, her garden and cemetery is also home to a menagerie of creepy characters.

Find out more here.

The Monster Lab

Get up close and personal with giant monster Scary Gary at this year’s Monster Lab, located in Exchange Square. You can also make your own slime at the Monster Slime School and create your own mini monsters to take home.

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Dr Mancenstein’s radioactive lab assistant will be on hand to help with all your weird and wonderful experiments.

Find out more here.

Mancs invited to ‘dress up and join in’ as Halloween hits the city this weekend, The Manc
Credit: CityCo / Manchester BID

A carnival of monsters ‘freakshow’

Billed as a ‘family-friendly freakshow’, New Cathedral street will be transformed for spooky season with roaming circus monsters, sideshow stalls, a kids’ carousel and a traditional helter-skelter.

You can also get up close and personal with the inflatable monster, Creepy Annie.

Find out more here.

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A trail of spooky photo opportunities across the city

Discover eight different spooky backdrops scattered across the city, ranging from a ‘monster invasion’ Manchester skyline, to depictions of the Grimm Reaper, aliens, zombies, the marshmallow man, dragons and creepy castle gates.

There will also be backdrops featuring Cbeebies and CBBC characters – perfect for the little ones.

Find out more here.

Mancs invited to ‘dress up and join in’ as Halloween hits the city this weekend, The Manc
Credit: CityCo / Manchester BID

Two giant magpie puppets stalking the streets

Known as ‘The Keeper’s Nests’ these giant magpie puppets draw inspiration from the rhyme “One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told…”.

The pair will stalk the streets at a height, looking down from their rickety nests in search of secrets.

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Find out more here.

A monster DJ truck (feat. DJ Ghostman)

DJ Ghostman isn’t the first selector to hide his identity, but he might be the first to do so with a bed sheet. Find him playing a host of Halloween hits and monster bops from the Monster DJ Truck on Market Street across Halloween weekend.

Find out more here.

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Don’t forget to follow the fun over on Halloween in the City’s socials too – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Featured Image – CityCo / Manchester BID

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