Manchester’s Trafford Centre Spookfest Returns

    Photo by Taylor Foss

    A spooky circus extravaganza, thrilling fairground with NEW rides and outdoor food and beverage stations

    From 14th October, Trafford Centre’s outdoor space will come alive with spook-tacular Halloween activity, with a variety of exciting family-friendly activity on offer for all ages to enjoy throughout October. Join Trafford Centre for thrilling funfair rides, the action-packed Spooktacular Big Top circus, the Northwest’s first and only pumpkin tower, fearsome facepainting, creepy costume characters, big-screen scary movies and Halloween-themed food and drink. This family-friendly event is not to be missed…

    Spooktacular Big Top Circus Returns: 14th – 30th October

    Gandeys Circus returns once again with a brand-new action-packed legendary Halloween Spooktacular Big Top show. A specially selected international cast of skeletons, vampires, jack o’lanterns and not forgetting Circus Artistes, have been brought together for this year’s sensational extravaganza.

    Funfair: 14th – 30th October

    Get ready to ride the ghoulish ghost train, brave the haunted house and tackle the new Mach 5, an adrenaline-pumping ride that spins speedily at soaring heights of 55m above the ground. Plus, there’s fun for the little ones with flying elephants, minichairs and aKidzone. token system.

    Full ride offering below:

    • Ghost train
    • Rock rage
    • Mach 5
    • Crash test (spinning coaster)
    • Kidzone ​​​
    • Balloon ride​​
    • Racing cars ​​
    • Mini chairs​​
    • Train Ride ​​
    • Tea cups​​​
    • Waveswinger​​
    • Bumper Carz ​​
    • Funhouse​​
    • Flying Elephants​
    • Jumping Frog ​​
    • Cruise Ship​​
    • Starflyer​​​
    • Tin Can Ally​​
    • Extreme
    • Cliffhanger
    • Bungee Trampoline

    Halloween Movie Screenings

    • 15th October, 2pm: Toy Story of Terror
    • 22nd October, 2pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas
    • 29th October, 2pm: Coco

    *The screenings are free to those with a fairground wristband, which will be pre-bookable on the link here.

    Pumpkin Tower Installation

    Discover Trafford Centre’s NEW striking Pumpkin Tower feature, the first ever in the Northwest.ThePumpkin Tower will boast 250 pumpkins and jack o’lanterns which will reach a towering 5 metres in height. That’s higher than X2 Christmas trees stuck on top of each other, higher than a single decker bus and almost the height of a giraffe, the tallest mammal on the planet! This Instagram-worthy installation is something to behold.

    Costume characters and face painting: 15th – 30th October

    To keep the little ones entertained, meet a host of heroes at weekends and throughout half-term between the times of 2-4pm. Facepainting will also be available from 1.30pm – 5.30pm on 15th, 16th and 22nd – 30th October.

    • Sat 15 Oct: Maleficent and Aurora
    • Sun 16 Oct: Jack Skellington
    • Sat 22 Oct: Jack Skellington
    • Sun 23 Oct: Maleficent and Scooby Doo
    • Mon 24 Oct: Batman and Maleficent
    • Tues 25 Oct: Aurora and Maleficent
    • Weds 26 Oct: Scooby Doo and Maleficent
    • Thurs 27 Oct: Jack Skellington
    • Fri 28 Oct: Batman and Maleficent
    • Sat 29 Oct: Scooby Doo and Maleficent
    • Sun 30 Oct: Jack Skellington

    Halloween-themed food and drink

    A variety of sweet treats will be on offer, including orange candyfloss, spooky lollies, black toffee apples and pumpkin-spiced lattes. Stay tuned for a list of full dining offers.

    Keep updated with all Spookfest activities at: