How great is Hallowe'en?! You get to dress up, drink as much as you like, eat loads of crap and generally just have your own little goth Christmas.

It's the most wonderful time of the year.


One particular UK city is blowing the rest out of the water, though. Manchester is holding a city-wide Hallowe'en festival and it sounds incredible.

Manchester Evening News reports that the streets will be transformed with thousands of pumpkin lanterns. They'll even be strewn over the trees. There's also going to be a haunted maze in St. Ann's Square, and The Big Dress Up - which is basically a massive fancy dress event.

So when's it on? Well luckily for us it's on for a full ten days from October 21 - October 31.

Also, Manchester Town Hall, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and The Printworks will all go green at nighttime.

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I don't know if I can handle much more excitement, but get this - there's also going to be a Day of the Dead parade with puppets and street performers.

Then, on Sunday October 29, Manchester Gothic Festival will be helping out with a steampunk and goth outdoor fashion show.

The website for the Gothic Festival reads: "This year's Festival will be full of Gothic intrigue. Events include body-beautiful horror in a film screening of The Neon Demon, discussions on the cultural function of contemporary Gothic style, a new exhibition from the Manchester Gothic Art Group, and a guided tour of Manchester's gothic architecture that reveals the history of death and despair that writhes just below the city's glossy surface.

"It will culminate in a unique outdoor fashion show in Manchester city centre devoted to extraordinary goths and steampunks, in association with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. In addition to the celebration of Gothic street style will be creations by Manchester Fashion Institute students and alumni, showcasing the influence of goth sensibilities on contemporary haute couture. The show is part of Manchester BID's spooky ten-day 'Halloween in the City' programme of events."


Dr Linnie Blake, Reader at Manchester Metropolitan University and organiser of the Festival said: "The fifth Gothic Manchester Festival promises to be the darkest yet. Our theme is Gothic Style(s) so we'll be exploring how the Gothic looks - in art, architecture, photography and fashion and how Gothic texts - novels, TV, film and graphic novels create their own, often terrifying, worlds.

There's loads of stuff going on, so book your hotels now. And get your eyeliner on...

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Happy goth Christmas, everyone.

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her -

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