The giant inflatable monsters are returning to Manchester this Halloween

Halloween in the City

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.

Halloween in the City

The public art trail will weave its way through several city centre spots, including the Arndale, Selfridges, House of Fraser, The Printworks, Depot at Mayfield, Royal Exchange, Spinningfields, Piccadilly Place, INNSIDE by Melia, and Native at Ducie Street Warehouse.

And there’s 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.

Halloween in the City

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

And if that’s not enough, in the run up to the event Manchester will be covered in thousands of pumpkin lanterns once again, and come nightfall Manchester shops and buildings will glow a ghastly green.

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 the website here.

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