11 Ways To Celebrate Halloween in the City of Nottingham

The city of Nottingham will come alive this halloween, with a range of spooctacular Halloween events at venues throughout the city. Here we’ve picked out eleven ways you could get involved...

Look Out For the Giant Rooftop Monsters

This Halloween we are bringing a series of monsters for a roof top residency at the Theatre Royal, Bravissimo on Bridlesmith Gate, Victoria Centre and the Council House in Old Market Square, so make sure you keep looking up – you really won’t be able to miss them!

Take Your Kids to Spider School, Sweet Stops and to Meet Batman & the Batmobile

As well as the massive monsters, we have organised a range of activities for all the family to enjoy across the city on Sunday 30 October including free face painting, a chance to get a photo with Batman and the Batmobile and Spider School. For more information about all that visit our Nottingham Halloween Festival webpage

Watch Horror Movies at Broadway and Cineworld

There are plenty of great horror films to choose from at your local cinemas. Broadway Cinema is screening Posession (28 Oct), Lost Boys (29 Oct), Ganja & Hess (30 Oct) and Poltergeist (31 Oct). Cineworld is screening Paranorman (28 Oct), Trick ‘R Treat (30 Oct) and The Thing (31 Oct).

Get Creative With Debbie Bryan

The Lace Market-based Debbie Bryan studio is running a range of creative workshops in the run-up to Halloween. First up is their Wreath-Making: Dried Flowers class on Thursday 27 Oct, a 2-hour session costing £58. Then on 29 October, it’s their Halloween Felt Crafternoon, in which you will create felt Halloween decorations, costing £20. All materials are included in the fee for both classes.

Rave It Up Arena-style

Detonate is one of the biggest dance events in town and returns to Nottingham Arena for its second Halloween event. For fans of this local drum and bass institution, this will be big. Artists on the line-up include Chase & Status, Hybrid Minds, Holy Goof, Friction, Watch The Ride and Goddard. Tickets are currently selling for £35. Look out for some amazing fancy dress.

Visit The Samhain Pagan Market

For the fourth consecutive year MinorOak, a co-working space at Sneinton Market Avenues, is hosting the Pagan Market. Free to enter, it takes place across the Avenues and stall traders exhibiting will include: The Knitting Pagan, Smartarse Pottery, Hoodoo Pixie Dark Oddities, Crystal Moon Arcaneum, and Postapocaknits. If you’ve ever wanted to buy a Viking drinking horn or some spider-themed jewellery then this is your chance.

Take The Kids' Ghost-Hunting

The National Justice Museum is running several Halloween-themed events but their child-friendly ghost tours are our pick of the bunch. Taking place on 22, 28, 29, 30 and 31 October you and/ or your child will join their ‘overworked ghost hunter’ to catch some pesky ghosts who are causing havoc across the museum.

Find Out More From ‘The Rock ’n’ Roll Witch’

Author Zoë Howe is a regular host on the UK station Soho Radio with her popular show ‘The Rock ’n’ Roll Witch’. She’s also the author of Witchful Thinking: The Wise Woman’s Handbook For Creating A Charmed Life. Zoe will be at Five Leaves Bookshop on Sunday 30 October to talk about the book and her lifestyle. Tickets for this event are £3 (or £16 if you want a copy of the book, which we’re sure she will be delighted to sign for you at the event). 

Enjoy Some Black Metal at Rock City

Cradle of Filth are an extreme or black metal band who have been active for over 30 years, since they formed in Suffolk in 1991. Their best-known tracks include 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' and 'Her Ghost In The Fog' and they've played various venues and festivals across the world in their time. They play at Rock City on Fri 28 October, with tickets priced at £28.

Watch The Wytches at The Bodega

With a style described as ‘heavy surf-psych’ by NME, this gig might be Halloweeny more in name than in style. However, this Brighton-based band have just released their third album Three Mile Ditch on their own label Cable Code Records and an intimate gig at The Bodega always promises to be a fun night out. Tickets are £15.

See Hocus Pocus In Concert at The Royal Centre

The 1993 film about a trio of witches accidentally bought back to life, starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, will be played in full with a live orchestra accompanying. The original score by John Debney won an Emmy when it was first released and plays in the Royal Concert Hall on Friday 28 October. Tickets start at £32 each.



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