Halloween in the City 2023

Date & Time

MCR Monsters: 25-31 October
Halloween in the City Weekender: 28-29 October 

Manchester’s city-wide Halloween party. Featuring: MCR Monsters, pumpkin lanterns, themed street zones, DJs, spooky parades, the Monster Music Festival and tonnes of family fun.

Now in its seventh year, event attracts tens of thousands of additional visitors to the city centre.

Halloween in the City is an event by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District.

The promotional campaign is delivered by Manchester BID/CityCo. We work with Echo PR, Modern Designers, Marketing Manchester, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester on the media campaign.

Festival Zone: Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square and King Street

We annually welcome numerous participants, suppliers, CityCo/BID and wider city businesses as part of the show. To get involved, please email events@cityco.com

2023 Event

  • Rooftop #MCRMonsters
  • Walk the Plank Monsters Procession
  • Monsters Rock! Music Festival
  • Trick or Treat Games
  • Fancy Dress challenge

Follow the Event Online


2022 Headlines

  • The city centre welcomed close to quarter of a million visitors over annual Halloween in the City weekend
  • Footfall up by 30,000 compared to previous weekend and +5% increase on 2021 Halloween weekend
  • Sunday trading given an extra boost with additional 17,000 visitors YoY as families flocked to enjoy free family-friendly event

Get Involved

Manchester BID will host the UK’s largest urban Halloween celebrations in October. Expect our now-famous MCR Monsters, pumpkin lantern decorations, parades and a weekend full of family entertainment.

The event annually attracts thousands of people into the city centre. Take part to make the most of the extra customers, and positive PR. 

  1. Join in celebrations. Host a special Halloween event, stage entertainment, decorate windows, dress-up, showcase themed products and experiences
  2. Sponsor a MCR Monster. Be part of the UK’s biggest inflatable art trail by hosting one of our famous PR-attracting Monsters
  3. Sponsor the event. Become an official event partner to support Halloween in the City and raise your company profile. There are opportunities to suit every business
  4. Share activities with the BID team. Be featured in the multi-channel marketing and PR campaign with our promotional partners

 Let us know if you will be taking part: email info@manchesterbid.com