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7 ways to celebrate Halloween (safely) this year

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Yes, Halloween will look different this year, however, there are lots of safe and creative ways to have fun and celebrate at home with family and friends. Take a look at our list of things you could do this weekend! 

Host a virtual costume party

Dress up, make costumes, or put on a crazy wig and invite your friends or family to a virtual costume party. You could make your night themed with a spooky zoom background, and set the mood with a Halloween playlist and show off your costumes!

Go on a virtual ghost walk 

Listen to stories about the weird and the wonderful and of course ghostly histories on a virtual ghost tour! Manchester Ghost Walks have a whole section of great Facebook Live videos that explore the haunted past of areas around Greater Manchester – check them out here

Decorate and carve pumpkins

One of Halloween’s best traditions is decorating and carving pumpkins, so why not challenge your housemates or friends back home to a pumpkin decorating competition? There are so many fun ways to decorate pumpkins, so get your hands on a few and be creative and display your masterpieces for all to see.

Watch a Halloween movie or special

There’s no more classic activity than watching a Halloween-themed movie or show, so grab some popcorn, turn down the lights and settle in for a spooky movie night. If you can, cinemas are also showing some classic Halloween films over the weekend too, so book a ticket with your household! 

Host a murder mystery

Turn your virtual party into a virtual murder mystery party! You can find an assortment of murder mystery game packs for free online, and you can either play with your household or virutally through video chat. Check out this list of free murder mystery games and plan yours! 

Cook some Halloween treats

One of the best parts of Halloween growing up was all the sweets we got trick or treating, so why not continue with tradition by cooking up some tasty treats in the kitchen? You can also use up that leftover pumpkin for a halloween themed dinner – take a look at these festive recipes to get you started! 

Explore the city’s monsters

Tentacles coming from towers, spooks on top of shops and beasts on buildings… Manchester’s array of giant inflatable monsters  – the ‘MCR Monsters’ – are back and roaming the city centre rooftops and on display at seven locations until 1 November 2020. Get the trail map here. 

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