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Free family-friendly Halloween festival set to take over Manchester

The Halloween festival will include iconic Manchester buildings being lit up green Photo: Visit Manchester

A free two-day family-friendly Halloween festival is set to take over Manchester city centre.

On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October the festival featuring a 'giant monster', haunted maze, trick or treat trail and creepy carnival will come to the city.

A giant inflatable monster sculpture is set to take over the city's House of Fraser store Credit: Visit Manchester

The city centre's Business Improvement District is hosting the activities, including a 'Haunted Maze' in St Ann's Square and Trick or Treat trail from Market Street to Manchester Arndale, King Street and Deansgate.

The city's House of Fraser store will be taken over by 'Monster Attack' - artist Filthy Luker's giant inflatable monster sculpture, featuring 10 metre long tentacles.

Come nightfall Manchester's iconic buildings, including Manchester Town Hall, The Printworks and Afflecks, will be lit up green.

The city will also play host to a 'Creepy Carnival' - a Day of the Dead style musical parade of giant skeletons.

Visitors are also being encouraged to don a costume and take part in the 'The Big Dress Up' - which has aspirations of being the biggest mass fancy dress up in Halloween history.

There will also be open-air screenings in Exchange Square of Halloween family classics including Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family.

You can find a full list of the free events across Manchester here.