From dining in the dark to frightful fortunes, those who dared visit Screamfields experienced ghouls, goosebumps and goodies this year!

This Halloween, #MCRMonsters returned with 8 ghoulish creatures lurking around the city, including 25ft tentacles spookily sprouting up from Hardman Square from 25 – 31 October 2021. Designed by street artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas, these inflatables were also available to view at Exchange Square, Great Northern. Manchester Arndale, Kampus, St. Ann’s Square, Cathedral Gardens and Printworks!

In addition, gorgeous drag stars, The Real Banksie, Narcissa Nightshade, Lill, Liquorice Black, Laurie and more, visited The Oast House to give out free ghostly fortune reading inside their tepee of terrors. Plus, at the end of each reading visitors had the option to select a beautifully illustrated card that denoted your spirit animal! Were you a hardworking Bat, a courageous Wolf, an independent Cat, an inquisitive Owl, an ambitious Spider or a witty Toad?

Banksie, Lill and Narcissa Nightshade at The Oast House

For little monsters, there were also an opportunity to join a live bake-along led by Hey Little Cupcake on 30 October. Streamed on Facebook and Instagram, guests could pre purchase ingredients kits and magic up a wickedly scrumptious Tomb Loaf Cake – no spells required! Plus, a wide range of tempting treats were available to purchase in-store from 15 October including spider cookies and pumpkin cake pops.

As the witching hour prepared to strike, The Ivy Spinningfields brought the spirit of Mexico to the heart of Manchester with their South American inspired floral installations and exclusive cocktail menu, created in collaboration with Patron Tequila, with surprise performances from stilt walkers, musicians and dancers.

In addition, 20 Stories annual 4-course Blackout Dinner provided guests with an experience that promised to be nothing short of spectacular with a sky-high candelit dinner with a seat under the stars. Alternatively, you could have boogied on over to BLVD’s monster mash celebrations, complete with cauldron cocktails, immersive entertainment, DJ sets and sharing platters.

Plus, no fright night celebrations were complete without a spellbinding selection of treats (not tricks) from Marks & Spencer with a 3 courses for £10 squeal deal. Or, for those more adventurous, you could craft your very own mini meringue ghosts or mulled midnight magic cocktails with Co-op‘s recipe guide, with all ingredients available to purchase in-store or online.

#MCRMonsters at Hardman Square