How to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19

With Halloween approaching and COVID-19 cancelling the chances of parties and trick or treating you may be wondering how you can celebrate this year’s spooky season.

Mancunian Matters have compiled a list of the top things you can do whilst having a ‘Covid-safe’ Halloween.

  1. Spooky scenes on the big screens at HOME and VUE cinemas

Whether you’re a slasher fan, after a psychological thriller or perhaps you just want to celebrate the season whilst still getting some sleep! There’s something on offer for everyone.  

From the classics like the The Shining to the less haunting Hocus Pocus. Check out one of the horror films on offer at both Manchester’s HOME and VUE cinemas.

To find out more visit https://homemcr.org/whats-on/ or https://www.myvue.com/whats-on 

  1. Wish you could escape the horrors of COVID-19? Escape to Freight Island! 

Located at the iconic Warehouse Project venue in Depot Mayfield, Escape to Freight Island, which opened this July, is now hosting a Halloween themed event. Expect a variety of drinks, quality food vendors, and live music from DJ’s Hattie, Rhys Webb, Joe Packman, Nat Wardle and Walkabout Performers.

Go to https://www.escapetofreightisland.com/bookings to secure your tickets for this spooktacular event! 

  1. Watch out for the monster invasion!

The inflatable monsters are back taking over some of Manchester’s most popular locations as Halloween in the City returns for another year. 

You will be able to spot the tentacles from Arndale, Spinningfields, The Printworks, Selfridges, the Great Northern Warehouse, Moda Angel Gardens and 111 Piccadilly from October 26 to November 1.

  1. Drive in cinema… with a twist

If you thought living through a pandemic was scary enough, then you are not ready for the horrors that wait for you at ScareCity. 

This immersive experience will have ticket-holders driving through a scare tunnel, before being met by live actors looking to give them a fright before the film even starts. 

The ScareCity cinema will be screening some of the best horror films on offer between October 12 and November 1. 

If you’re after a terrifying experience you can pick between The Ring, Get Out, The Conjuring, Beetlejuice, The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, The Descent, and The Invisible Man. 

However, if you’re looking for more family-friendly shows like Coraline, Coco, and Frankenweenie you can catch these at midday on weekends.

Tickets can be purchased at: parknpartymcr.co.uk/scare-city.

  1. Spot the pumpkin lanterns

The streets of Manchester have been transformed into a Halloween wonderland. Thousands of orange pumpkin lanterns have been lining Manchester’s streets, spot them hiding up in the trees!

  1. Dr Blood’s Old Traveling Show 

Roll up, roll up, for a slice of street theatre that you’ll never forget… no matter how hard you try!

Head down to The Lowry Theatre for what is described as ‘stories of wickedness’ as ‘dark deeds start to unfold…’. 

This outdoor performance takes place on Saturday 17 October with two shows available.

You can buy tickets here: https://thelowry.com/whats-on/dr-bloods-old-travelling-show/ 

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