You may remember that last year Manchester was taken over by giant inflatable monsters.
Well, they’re back, and this time they’re going to be taking over even more of the city’s rooftops and buildings for 2019’s Halloween festivities - and it’s all completely free.
Halloween in the City, hosted by Manchester BID, is a two day city-wide event featuring huge inflatable ghouls from artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas.
The public art trail will weave its way through several city centre spots, including Manchester Arndale, Selfridges, House of Fraser, The Printworks, Depot at Mayfield, Royal Exchange, Spinningfields, Piccadilly Place, INNSIDE by Melia, and Native at Ducie Street Warehouse.
This year there’s going to be a massive pub and bar crawl around the locations of the inflatable monsters, so you can take them all in with a drink in your hand.
It’ll visit Gino D'Acampo’s Prosecco Bar in Next at Manchester Arndale, San Carlo Bottega at Selfridges, San Carlo Cicchetti at House of Fraser, Hardrock Café at The Printworks, The Lounge at The Macdonald Hotel and Spa, and The Rivals Bar at The Royal Exchange Theatre.
It will also head to The Ivy in Spinningfields, Store Street Exchange and Craft Bar at Doubletree by Hilton, Street on First at INNSIDE by Melia, and Bistrotheque at Ducie Street Warehouse.
There’s also loads of stuff for families to do, with a host of free activities including a Trick or Treat Trail throughout the city centre - come in your best Halloween costume and meet monsters, mermaids, Julia Donaldson’s friendly dragon Zog and even the ghost of Elvis.
As well as that, you can head to a CBeebies and CBBC tent in Exchange Square to check out screenings of your favourite shows and a Slime School workshop with Scream Street.
Over at St Ann’s Square you can visit Dr Mancenstein's Mad Science Castle, where children can meet Manchester's ‘mad-for-it scientist’, Dr. Graphena Mancenstein in the ruins of an exploded castle.
If you’re feeling brave enough, families can take a walk through the grounds of her castle, including its Poisonous Maze - a real hedge maze taken over by creeping vines, enchanted statues, monstrous creatures and walking, talking bushes.
New Cathedral Street will feature Grimm Rita’s Creepy Carnival - a family-friendly freakshow which includes sideshow stalls, a helter skelter and The Strolling Bones skeleton procession, back with giant puppets, stilt walkers, unicycle performers, a five-piece band and dancers.
Halloween in the City will return on Saturday October 26th and Sunday October 27th, for more information, as well as dates and times of events, check out their website here.