Oldham Spooktacular 2023 Published: Tuesday, 26th September 2023

A spooktacular line up of wicked attractions and events are set to take place across Oldham town centre this Halloween as families prepare to celebrate the scary tradition.

Kicking things off, on Saturday 21 October, Oldham Council will be launching a two-week haunting Halloween Trail for residents and visitors to bravely discover across our most popular hot spots.

Uncover skeletons, Dracula and mummies along the way with a prize draw being carried out at the end of the trail to reward those who find what lurks around.

Then taking place over the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October, prepare to be frightened across the town centre as everything from gigantic spiders, a praying mantas and the gruesome Beastie and Minder linger in our streets.

If you are vigilant enough, you may even see an Invisible Man, but approach him if you dare.

Lots of ‘ghoul’ activities will be held in Spindles too with children’s face painting and plenty of arts and crafts to get involved in.

Arooj Sha, Council Leader

Councillor Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Halloween is an exciting tradition which many people, including our younger families, celebrate every year.

“That’s why we’ve worked to put together a ‘fang’tastic offer in our town centre for residents, shoppers and visitors to enjoy over this seasonal weekend.”

These frightfully fun attractions come on the same weekend that we see the return of Oldham’s newly renamed ‘Oldham Halloween Half’ – one of the UK’s toughest half marathons.

More than 300 runners have already signed up to take part in the event organised by Oldham Community Leisure, with plenty of time still to sign-up before the race starts on Sunday 29 October. Just visit www.oclactive.co.uk for more information.

Stay tuned for updates on an exciting fun run for children and young people to take part in too on the day, with plenty of tricks and treats in store for those who get involved.

“As you can see there’s plenty coming up over an exciting few weeks of Halloween fun,” Cllr Shah added.

“I’m especially looking forward to the return of Oldham’s half marathon event as it returns after more than three years away since the pandemic.

“The course is guaranteed to get the pulses racing of all those who compete and I wish everyone the very best of luck – it’s going to be a wonderful occasion for the borough, just like it was with the recent Tour of Britain.

“So make sure you come down over the weekend for a fantastic offer and have a great Halloween.”

For more information on what is lined-up over Halloween in Oldham, please visit www.oldham.gov.uk/halloween

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