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Halloween at Manchester Arndale

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We know this year’s celebrations will look a little different to what we’re used to, but there are still many ways in which you can keep the spirits alive (pun fully intended) and continue to enjoy the Halloween festivities.

We may be putting a hold on trick-or-treating and gathering with friends, but that doesn’t mean Halloween is cancelled! Far from it, there are still a bunch of ways to make October 31st feel frightful and fun, whether you’ll be celebrating in the city or in the comfort of your own home.

This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday and there will even be a full moon! (The ultimate Halloween decoration) So whether it’s carving pumpkins, making crafts, or hunting down monsters on the trail around the city there are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween, indoors or outdoors this season with Manchester Arndale.

If you’re looking to enjoy Halloween in the city we’ve got a few ideas for you:

Monster Invasion
Giant monsters will be taking over rooftops and buildings across the city centre. They’ll be on display at seven locations across the city from 26th October to 1st November. You can follow the map and find the monsters at Manchester Arndale, Spinningfields, Moda Angel Gardens, Printworks, Selfridges, 111 Piccadilly and Great Northern Warehouse. There is also a photography competition on Instagram and Twitter! Get your camera at the ready to be in with a chance of winning a ‘Christmas Shopping Break’ in Manchester. Follow this link for more details on how to enter.

Electric Playbox
This is your chance to escape to another world for 60 minutes. The playbox has projection mapping, touch screens, motion tracking and surround sound, which immediately transport you to another dimension. Their ‘Temple of Coins’ game is the perfect Halloween challenge for the kids. You can test your dexterity, speed and vigilance as you dodge ghosts, pick up power ups and collect coins. Visit their website to book your place. If you make it out alive, pop over to Archie’s for a well deserved sweet treat!

Lantern spotting
Manchester has had a Halloween makeover, you can find thousands of pumpkin lanterns over the city’s streets and shops!

We have lanterns outside the centre, brightening up Market Street. We’d love to see your snaps, make sure to tag us @manarndale on Twitter or @manchesterarndale on Instagram.

Manchester city centre is coming alive this Halloween, and there are plenty of safe activities and attractions for everyone to enjoy. Check out what’s going on here

If you’re looking to enjoy Halloween in the comfort of your home our stores are here to help:

Frankenstein Cake recipe with Aldi
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Mary Berry and are up for some Halloween baking then these Monster cake creations covered in green chocolate and shocking chocolate stitches might do the ‘trick or treat’. You can gather all the ingredients and follow the recipe here.

House Decorations from Poundland
Set the scene for a frightening feast! Make tea time a bit more fun with a visit to Poundland. Why not decorate the table and play some Halloween games around the dinner table, or even go the extra mile and write a Halloween quiz!

Arts & Crafts from The Works
Keep the kids entertained and get your artistic juices flowing at the same time.
The Works has everything you could possibly need for an evening of (Witch) crafting!

Why not try some Halloween inspired origami, or create some decorations of your own, lanterns, spider paper plates, hanging bats or even set a Halloween painting challenge! There are tonnes of craft ideas online which will help give you some ideas.

So whether you’re planning on visiting the city to explore, shop and hunt down the monsters or bring Halloween into your home instead, there’s plenty of things you can do to make sure Halloween is still a special and spooky evening for all the family.