The month of October has here, and with it comes the countdown to one of the most important holidays of the year: Halloween. This year in Manchester, everyone can take part in the scary season. You'll be able to celebrate whether you enjoy being scared or prefer to hide behind the sofa with creepy live-action and interactive activities, terrifying film festivals, and even ghostly skating. If you are staying at one of our newest additions to the home away from home Dream Apartments family in Manchester, here are our top recommendations for what's going on around the city.
FilmFear at HOME
If you enjoy horror films, this is the one for you. HOME is known for its one-of-a-kind shows, and this year's Halloween offering is no exception. FilmFear is a festival that showcases the finest in horror, dark fantasy, spooky thrillers, and terrifying tales, now in its sixth year. New releases such as The Scary of Sixty-First and oldies such as Ben Wheatley's Kill List will be available to attendees.
The festival runs from 28 October to 31 October. You can book tickets on the HOME website.
Fear Factory Live
Fear Factory Live is the place to go if you're looking for a little more of a real-life thriller. The event, which takes place in Ena Mill in Atherton, transforms the venue into a live-action horror experience. Expect live performers, sensory experiences, powerful soundscapes, and eerie lighting and atmospherics, all set against a Victorian mill's backdrop.
The event is suggested for those aged 12 and above. However, real horror fans of any age would undoubtedly like it the most.
You can book tickets for the event on the Fear Factory website.
Scare City 2.0 at Soccerdome
Scare City 2.0 may be the Halloween event for you if you want a terrifying film experience with a twist. It's a full-fledged drive-in theatre experience, so you'll get to see a movie while also getting your fill of real-life thrills. They'll be screening A Quiet Place Part II, The Wretched, and Get Out this year, as well as providing an interactive fright zone.
Food and drink will be available, and tickets can be booked online.
Scare Skate at Cathedral Gardens
If you believe ice skating is only for the holidays, you're mistaken. As a troupe of ghoulish ice dancers prepares to join skaters on the ice at Cathedral Gardens, you're in for a really terrifying Halloween event. There will be eerie lighting and music, and everyone is invited to dress up.
Scare Skate will run from 22 October to 31, before the rink transforms into a Christmas wonderland. Tickets can be purchased online.