It is the most wonderful time of the year once again. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. Even though most of us just want to snuggle into a blanket and watch a load of terrifying films – there’s so much to do in and around Manchester this Halloween! To get you in the mood for something spooky, we’ve lined up our top 5 picks of things to do with the family…

Pumpkin Carving at Lyme Park | Thu 14 - Tue 29 Oct | Various Times | From £5.50

This family friendly activity is something everybody can enjoy. It gives the kids the opportunity to embrace their imagination while getting sticky and creative. Watch their faces light up as they showcase their terrifying piece of pumpkin art. For the adults, feel the nostalgia of carving your own pumpkin. These amazing carving classes will be running between Thu 14 and Tue 29 Oct with tickets priced at £5.50 per person. Pumpkins are included within your ticket price.

Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NR
Hotel Transylvania at Salford Museum & Art Gallery | Sat 19 Oct | 5pm - 7pm | From £6

Would you dare enter the museum after dark? Of course you would, because it’s Halloween! This October, Salford Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting a screening of family-friendly kids’ classic Hotel Transylvania. Revisit the hotel of legendary monsters and laugh out loud at Dracula’s awful jokes. The kids will love it and so will the adults – secretly, of course. Hotel Transylvania will be screened at Salford Museum & Art Gallery on Sat 19 Oct. Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £6 for children, with family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) priced at £25.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Crescent, Salford, M5 4WU, Tel: 0161 778 0800
Cockfields Pumpkin Festival 2019 | Sat 19 - Thu 31 Oct | 10am - 4pm | From £3

Have you ever wanted to start a family tradition that your kids can look back on with nothing but happiness? Take your little ones to Cockfields Pumpkin Festival this Halloween where they can pick out the perfect pumpkin, carve something terrifying and even cuddle up to some of the on-site animals. The best part? You won’t even have to clean up any of the mess. The Pumpkin Festival takes place on Cockfields Farm between Sat 19 Oct until Thu 31 Oct. No booking is needed, you just need to drop by between 10am and 4pm.

Cockfields Farm Park, Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, OL6 8AR
CBBC and CBEEBIES Spooky Screenings | Sat 26 - Sun 27 Oct | 10am - 6pm | Free

This free event will definitely bring a smile to your face of your little one. A whole load of different episodes of kids TV shows will be screened inside a spooky Halloween tent, so if your child is a fan of Peter Rabbit, The Worst Witch, Hey Duggee and Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed – this is the Halloween event for them. These spooky screenings will take place on Sat 26 Oct and Sun 27 Oct in Exchange Square and the best bit is, it’s completely free!

Exchange Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Wizard Academy | Thu 24 - Fri 25 Oct | Various Times | From £9.50

Are you a Harry Potter Fan? Do you fantasise about being able to wave wands, control the weather and read other people’s minds? Well, to do magic you need magical training – but you don’t need to look far as the magical heritage steam train is here. All aboard, it’s the first day of term! At Wizard Academy, you will become part of an enchanting world where you will be on a quest to find the magical artefacts which were stolen from the sect of a sinister sorcerer – sounds magical right? The magical steam train will leave Platform ¾ at Bury Bolton on Thu 24 Oct and Fri 25 Oct.

East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0EY
Thu 31 Oct, Various Locations
Kimberley Booth
Published on:
Sun 20 Oct 2019