Halloween is almost upon us, and if you fancy doing something over the coming weekend, heading for a city break is a great way to get away and enjoy yourself. Whether you’re after a weekend of socialising and being spooked, or something more relaxing, the cities of Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds have plenty taking place. If you’re heading to the city this weekend, here are our top Halloween picks.
Ritz Manchester is a renowned music venue, and with Halloween here, they’re paying homage to the king of the power ballad, Meatloaf on Friday 31st. Unfortunately, the man renowned for Bat out of Hell won’t be making an appearance himself, but you can expect plenty of other spooky Halloween themes as the night progresses. If this sounds like your kind of night, head to the renowned Ritz on Whitworth street, where an £8 advanced ticket will gain you entry to an evening of classic ballad tunes.
One of Manchester’s most exclusive destinations, Manchester 235 is inviting you to a ‘Criminal Cabaret’ this Halloween. The venue, which houses bars, restaurants and a casino, has a whole selection of spooky events going on. The highlight being a murder mystery in association with After Dark. If you fancy taking a look at the spooky goings on, and trying your luck at solving this blood curdling conundrum that has been laid before you, grab a ticket to the hotspot in the middle of Manchester city centre. As part of the £45 ticket, you’ll also enjoy a three course dinner and, as the website states, ‘criminal capers to die for’.
An all time Halloween classic, the Rocky Horror Show is coming to Newcastle for a weekend of spooky shenanigans. Taking place at the Lane7, one of the city’s most intriguing venues, you can enjoy an evening of film, costumes and music, at the trendy bar and bowling alley, located on St James’ Blvd. With tickets available for just £10, you’ll be able to enjoy a full screening of the film, before moving on to enjoy your night in their large party venue. Perfect for if you’re wanting to get in the Halloween spirit and dress up, there will be prized on offer for the best costume, plenty of scarily themed drinks and a range of DJ’s playing throughout the night.
If you’re heading for a city break, but fancy skipping the standard Halloween events, how about a trip to the theatre for one of the UK’s most renowned productions. Coming to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal straight from the West End for a six day stay, The Full Monty will be playing until the 1st November. An offering with a bit more culture, tickets are available from as little as £12.
Nothing is quite like a horror film over the Halloween weekend, and if you’re spending the weekend in Leeds, there are plenty to choose from. If you’re after something on a large scale, Kirkstall Abbey is going all out in the name of horror. Hosting a weekend of classic themed films, the iconic location kicks off the event with a showing of The Exorcist at 6:30pm on the 31st, before going on to show the likes of 1978 film Halloween and Monsters Inc over the weekend. Tickets for individual showings are £12, with a full weekend pass costing £25.
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