That spooky time of year is creeping up on us once again.

If you're looking for a Halloween themed event to take the kids to there are plenty to choose from.

With many events cancelled last year, it seems families are chomping at the bit to celebrate the event while they have the chance.

READ MORE: Where to go pumpkin picking in and around Greater Manchester for Halloween 2021

Take a look at what's happening in and around Greater Manchester this Halloween

Halloween in the City

Manchester will be overrun by monsters once again this Halloween as the city prepares to welcome a frightful number of fearsome (but friendly) beasts to the city’s streets.

Now established as one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the UK, this year’s Halloween in the City festival, organised by Manchester Business Improvement District, aims to be the most monstrous yet.

A monster line-up of new activities and experiences over the Halloween weekend - October 30 and 31 - include a welcome procession of roaming monsters, a monster carnival, top monster bands, monsters DJs, and a monstrous photo trail across the city.

Halloween in the City returns for 2021

Children can find out mind-bending facts about monsters, get close to them and experiment in The Monster Lab at Exchange Square, or explore the eerie ruins of Dr Mancenstien’s Castle and Gardens in St Ann's Square - where t he gardens and family cemetery are home to dragons, crows, creepy groundskeepers and man-eating plants.

The event will also see the return of the city’s popular giant rooftop monsters created by artist Filthy Luker. These will be on show from October 25 until Halloween.

Scare Skate, Manchester

A monster ice rink is also coming to Manchester city centre as part of Halloween in the City.

Cathedral Gardens will host Scare Skate - an invasion of ice-skating spooks on its biggest ever outdoor ice rink.

The spooktacular rink will be complete with Halloween-themed music and lighting, while a band of ghoulish skating monsters will join skaters on the ice every hour. With fancy dress encouraged, the brand-new event promises to bring 'frightfully good fun to half term festivities'.

Scare Skate is coming to Manchester

The venue will be nearly double the size of previous Christmas rinks at the site, which means even more space to perfect those skating moves - or falls!

Running from October 22 to 31, families will be able to skate by starlight but stay sheltered from the rain as it's all undercover.

It's part of the wider Halloween in the City events, which sees giant monsters take over Manchester’s rooftops and buildings.

Prices starting at £13 for adults and £11 for children, with discounted family and season tickets also available. Visit skatemanchester.com to book.

Brick or Treat, Legoland, Trafford

Little monsters are invited to get into the Halloween spirit at Legoland's Brick or Treat event.

Activities include pumpkin building, a 'scarevenger' hunt, a spooky wheel of fortune and lots more.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

There's the chance to meet character mascots Scarecrow and Vampyre and join them for a Halloween dance party, as well as joining the master model builder and playmakers to help create a giant Lego vampire.

The event's running at weekends during October and over half term and is included in the standard admission price. Tickets, from £15.25 for children and £19.75 for adults, can be booked online.

Brick or Treat is on at Legoland

Big Top Halloween Spooktacular, Trafford

Gandeys Circus is bringing a brand-new 'action-packed legendary' Halloween Spooktacular Big Top show for all the family.

The event will run outside The Great Hall at the Trafford Centre, from October 15 to 31.

From the thrill acts to the big production numbers Gandeys are famous for, it promises to have families 'on the edge of your seat with excitement, rolling in the aisles with laughter, and hiding under your coats from the spooky thrills'.

For tickets, from £14, visit the website, or see the Facebook page here for more details.

Gandeys Circus is coming to the Trafford Centre

Cockfields Farm, Ashton

There's always plenty of Halloween fun on the cards at Cockfields Farm.

Families can grab a wheelbarrow and head out to the Pumpkin Patch, before taking it to the Carving Cave to create the spookiest or funniest face they can.

There are creepy crawlies, snakes and lizards to see in the Reptile Cave, or if you don't fancy that the bunnies and guinea pigs will be out in Cuddle Corner.

Get your dancing shoes on for the Monster Mash Bash Disco, enjoy a tractor ride and have unlimited rides on the fairground carousel.

If that's not enough there's a jumping pillow, a giant indoor sandpit, swings, slides, climbing frames and lots more.

The event's running from October 2 to 31 and tickets, costing £20 each (pumpkin included), can be booked online.

Cockfields Farm

Trafford Treetops Halloween Spooktacular

If you fancy making Trafford Treetops even scarier then why not tackle the obstacles with the added horror of a ghoul or two.

For two nights - on October 30 and 31 - visitors can book on for the attraction's Halloween Spooktacular.

There is a dedicated children's session each day at 5pm and an adults session at 7pm.

Minimum age for the course is six years old and any participant under 1.4m (4ft7) must be accompanied by an adult.

For tickets, costing £9.97 each, book online.

Trafford Treetops

Smithills Open Farm, Bolton

The farm is hosting its own Halloween Special over half term.

The event, from October 23 to 31, will feature a spooky woodland walk, fancy dress, arts and crafts and lots more.

Usual farm activities are running too and the event is included in the usual farm admission - £7.50 for children, £8.50 for adults, or £30 for a family of four. Book online.

A separate Pumpkin picking event is running across the same dates, for which separate tickets are needed. Tickets - £5 per pumpkin - can be booked here.

Smithills Open Farm

Ascarium, Sea Life, Trafford

Sea Life is taking on a spooky twist once again as the venue is transformed into Ascarium.

Families can follow the immersive trail to find the Sea Witch’s missing potion ingredients hidden throughout the depths of the tanks, where you will also discover some of the spookiest creatures of the sea and you might also receive a treat (or trick)!

The event is running from October 2 to 31 and tickets, from £16.95 for children and £21.95 for adults, can be booked online.

Ascarium at Sea Life

Reddish Vale Farm, Stockport

There's lots of Halloween fun at Reddish Vale this year.

As well as the chance to pick and carve a pumpkin, activities include vampire archery, witches hat hoopla and the chance to ride the Spooky Express.

Tractor barrel ride at Reddish Vale

All the usual fun of the farm is available including small animal handling and the outdoor adventure play with zip wires.

The event's running from October 2 to 31 and tickets - costing £11.50 for adults and £16 for children - can be booked online.

One pumpkin included per paying child, extra pumpkins £5 each.

Reddish Vale Farm

ScareCity Drive-In Cinema, Trafford

ScareCity is back this Halloween, promising 'a spellbindingly satanic experience complete with horrifying live actors, drive through scare tunnel, your favourite horror movies and much more'.

The attraction has now moved from its former EventCity site to the nearby Soccer Dome, close to Chill Factore, off Trafford Way.

ScareCity at Trafford

Films, showing from September 29 to October 31, include everything from children's favourites Hocus Pocus, The Witches, Monster House and Coraline, to films for teenagers such as A Quiet Place, Annabelle, The Ring and The Exorcist.

Tickets cost £40 per car and can be booked online.

Ghost Trains at East Lancashire Railway, Bury

The popular Ghost Trains are back at East Lancashire Railway this Halloween, but you'll need to be quick to get your hands on the remaining tickets.

There will be tricks, treats and fun for all the family but be warned, there might be a few surprises along the way… like the horrible heroes, Count Brian the vampire, Veronica the witch and Zombie Bob, all there to help you avoid those terrible curses.

East Lancashire Railway

Ghoulish Ghosts will be there, ready to sing some spine-chilling songs to you, create magic spells and trick you into joining in the fun and the scares with them.

Fancy dress is of course encouraged and there promises to be lots of terrifying treats on offer at the station buffet.

Ghost Trains are running from October 28 to 30 and tickets, from £12.90, can be booked online.

Halloween On The Farm, Lancaster Park and Animal Farm, Oldham

As well as its own pumpkin patch to pick from, and space to carve your creation, there's a haunted house and spooky tales with the wicked witch.

The event is running over the weekends of October 9/10 and 16/17 and then daily from October 22 to 31.

For ticket - £8.50 adults, £11.50 children - book online.

Lancaster Park and Animal Farm

Things that go bump in the night, The Hive, Bolton

A special Halloween event is running at The Hive in Bolton's Moss Bank Park.

Aimed at children aged four to seven, they can complete the specially designed spooky woodland trail, make magic potions and go in search of real pumpkins.

All participating children will take home a pumpkin, a certificate and their own crafted nature wand.

Sessions are available on various dates starting from October 23 and tickets, costing £6.50, can be booked online.

The Hive at Bolton's Moss Bank Park

Pumpkin Festival, Grange Farm, Lowton

The farm has become a popular haunt for pumpkin picking over recent years and now there's a full Pumpkin Festival taking place - with its very own haunted barn.

As well as that there's carving, animal feeding, face painting, fairground rides and lots more.

There's pumpkin picking only from October 1 and then the festival runs from October 16 to Halloween.

Entry fee is £3 per car and pumpkins are available to buy from £2 each. Tickets can be booked online.

Grange Farm

Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington

Pumpkin picking is back at Kenyon Hall Farm this Halloween.

The event will run every day throughout October - with carving available over half term from October 23.

Tickets are £2 per person for adults and children - infants under 18 months go free - and can be booked online.

The entry ticket does not include a pumpkin. These are available to buy and are priced from £2 depending on size.

Kenyon Hall Farm

Spooky World, Warrington

Spooky World is a walk-through scare attraction with different events aimed at different age groups.

For younger children, aged four to 11, there's Fun by Day, where families can enjoy all the farm has to offer while meeting costumed characters along the way.

There's everything from inflatable drop slides and archery, to a corn cannon, zip lines and trailer rides.

Spooky at Night is an after dark experience for 10 to 14-year-olds, while for older ones, 14 plus, there's Scary at Night, which it's warned is 'not for the faint of heart'.

Tickets for the Spooky and Scary events, from £21.50, can be booked online. Fun by Day tickets will be on sale soon.

Spooky World