It won’t be long until pumpkin spiced lattes are replaced with manic present buying, Christmas markets and mugs filled to the brim with mulled wine. We’re less than 10 weeks away from Christmas day, but let’s get Halloween out of the way first, eh? Station South is the place to be this weekend if you’re planning on stepping out in full Crayola, Bowie or cat attire and want somewhere to practice the Time Warp for free.

Additionally, HOME is offering any child dressed for the spooky occasion a free meal across the whole of half term this week. They’ll get a main and a bowl of ice cream for absolutely nothing, leaving plenty of room for an additional glass of red if it all gets a bit too much. Read on for more free things to do in Manchester this week…

Kids eat free for half-term | HOME | all week

Throughout October half-term HOME is bringing back its generous kids eat free deal, but this time there’s a little bit of a catch. The free meals will be given to little ones who have made the effort to dress as their favourite spooky character. They can choose any main meal off the kids menu and a scoop of ice cream for dessert and HOME is also showing a heart-warming piece of theatre for all the family, which coincides with the free deal. The Singing Mermaid runs from the 24 – 26 of Oct if you fancy making a day of it.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN
Halloween Deathly Disco with Supernature | Fri 27 Oct | 7pm - 11pm

Supernature Disco are well-known to the people of Manchester that love to party. The collective are famous for their energetic sets that see sweaty, smiling faces dance non-stop to some of the greatest house and disco hits, and this Friday the collective is taking over Station South for a Halloween special. Expect adult-friendly pumpkin carving with some food and drink prizes for the best creations, creepy cocktails and a lot of monster mashing.

Station South, 975-977 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3NP
Rugby World Cup final | Freight Island | Sat 28 Oct | 8pm - 10pm

This Saturday New Zealand face South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final, and Freight Island is once again screening all the action at its mammoth sports bar. Complete with over 20 retro arcade games, a pool table and access to Fright Island’s entire food offering, what more could you need? Cheering on your favourite team whilst stuffing a slab of lasagne in your gob sounds like a Saturday well spent to me.

Freight Island, 11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ
Media City Makers Market | Quayside Media City | Sat 28 Oct | 10am – 5pm

Market season is in full swing and this weekend Manchester’s famous Makers Market is back at Media City. This is an excellent place to get your Christmas shopping started, especially if you’ve got a family member that is notoriously difficult to buy for, or you’re looking to treat someone to something unique this year. There’ll be art prints, home décor, handmade fashion, jewellery and plenty of places to refuel and keep warm with a coffee and a cake.

Quayside Media City, The Quays, Salford M50 3AH
Mon 23 Oct - Sun 29 Oct
Emma Davidson
Published on:
Tue 24 Oct 2023