Halloween weekend has arrived in the city and as always, there’s plenty to get stuck into. From chilling cocktails to the best in horror cinema, we’ve got you covered across the whole weekend.

Cocktails and curry at Zouk

One of Manchester’s most popular curry spots has added a series of spooky new items to their menu as part of their Halloween celebrations.

Coinciding with the usual authentic, flavour-filled curry menu, Zouk have taken their affinity for spice and sprinkled it on three new drinks; a Pumpkin Spiced Lassi, Pumpkin Spiced Late and last but not least, the Zouk Spook Punch.

A moreish combination of melon liqueur, fresh orange and lemonade, the refreshing new cocktail is sure to be a popular tipple right throughout the season.


5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS
Scare Skate at Cathedral Gardens

If you like your skating sessions to be fraught with a little more dread, then we may have just the thing…

Complete with Halloween-themed music and lighting, a band of skating monsters will join you on the ice every hour.

This year’s venue is nearly double the size of previous years too, so plenty of room to steer clear if you get a little spooked.

Cathedral Gardens, Corporation St, Cathedral Gardens, Greater Manchester M4 3BG
FilmFear at Home

FilmFear returns to HOME for the sixth year, with a line-up of horror, dark fairy-tales, eerie thrillers and chilling tales for the Halloween period.

Another stellar lineup of cinema sees classics, a host of filmmaker Q&As and sneak previews, including the UK premiere of The Scary of Sixty-First, winner of the Best First Feature award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2021.

2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN
Follow the monster trail

They’re back. Manchester’s beloved monsters have taken over rooftops across the city once more, as the famous monster trail returns in time for Halloween.

All in, there are 11 different spots where you can catch a glimpse of the giant inflatable ghouls and ghosts. Check out our guide of where to find them all before you embark on your adventure.

Across the city
Catch the Welcome Monsters parade

Along with our tentacle-waving friends on the rooftops, there’ll also be a Welcome Monsters procession making its way down Market Street and past the Arndale, complete with puppets, stilt walkers and a five-piece band.

The parades will take place on Saturday at 1pm, 3pm and 4pm, and again on Sunday at 12pm, 1pm and 3pm.

Monster trail Photo credit: Carl Sukonik  – The Vain Photos.

Market Street, Manchester
Visit the John Rylands library

Alright, this isn’t strictly just a Halloween activity as such, but the gorgeous neo-gothic building is a pretty fitting setting for any supernatural adventures.

Opened to the public in 1900, the jaw-dropping creation was originally founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband.

These days visitors can look around inside for free, though advanced booking is required.

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH
Fri 29 Oct - Sun 31 Oct
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 29 Oct 2021