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Massive spooky ice rink to return to Manchester city centre this Halloween

Scare Skate will see Halloween fans and fear-loving families take to the ice this half term.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 22nd September 2022

Monsters are set to descend on Manchester once again this year, as the city’s largest outdoor ice rink returns this Halloween.

As the cold air begins to draw in and with the spooky season right around the corner, a whole host of ghoulish monsters will soon begin to take over the city centre just in time for Halloween – and just as it has many years before, Cathedral Gardens will become home to one of the colourful creatures at its large outdoor ice rink.

Scare Skate will see Halloween fans and fear-loving families take to the ice for some “frightfully good fun” this October half term from Friday 21 – Monday 31 October.

Gearing up to be “a frightful experience to remember”, not only will the spooktacular rink see one of the iconic MCR Monsters take centre stage as part of the annual Halloween in the City event, but it will also be complete with Halloween-themed music and lighting.

Fancy dress is also massively encouraged and all part of the experience, with plenty of themed props for those all-important “Instagrammable moments” too.


“Halloween is always a spectacular time in Manchester,” said Rob Derry – Managing Director, Ice & Special Events at Skate Manchester.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the iconic monsters trail for another year, and in the beautiful setting of Cathedral Gardens, Scare Skate offers an exciting and unique activity that will bring all of the family together.”


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Tickets for Scare Skate are available to book now here.

Prices start at £14.50 for adults and £12.50 for children, with discounted family, group bookings and season tickets also available, and students and key workers able to get themselves a dedicated discounted ticket too.

Scare Skate will see Halloween fans and fear-loving families take to the ice / Credit: Skate Manchester

Is it too early to mention the big C word?


Well, we’re going to – because in the true magic of Christmas, Cathedral Gardens will then transform into a winter wonderland following its Halloween-themed opening week, with a dazzling seven-metre tall Christmas tree in middle of a custom-made ice path taking the spot occupied by the MCR Monster.

Skate Manchester will then be open daily from 2 November 2022 – 2 January 2023, except for Christmas Day.

Featured Image – Skate Manchester