Afflecks Palace to host spooky ghost and food tours on Halloween weekend - full times and what's included

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Manchester’s Halloween HQ, aka Afflecks Palace, have a special event planned for this spooky season.

It may seem like it’s Halloween every day of the year at Afflecks Palace, but believe it or not, it gets even spookier during the spooky season.

This year, visitors to the labyrinthine emporium can take part in the ghost tour around the 180-year-old building, learning about its creepy past while also stopping for treats at the various food and drinks traders located across the four floors.

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The ghost and food tours will be taking place on Saturday 28 October in three sessions at 1-11:35am, 12-12:35pm, and 4-4.35pm. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

What’s included?

Ghost hunters will be led around the historic building by long-standing trader Karen from Mad for Art. Afflecks Palace has been the site of several ghost sightings over the years, and the tour will include some of the those stories, as well as information about the building’s heritage.

There will be four food stops along the way, each offering a different special Halloween treat. These include:

  • Seasonal pumpkin soup with Welsh Rarebit soldiers from Third Floor Rising
  • A Beetlejuice-inspired ice-cream that comes with green candy hair from Ginger’s Emporium.
  • Chopped Up Suzie “pork” dumplings and spaghetti and ‘eyeballs’ from Desert Island Dumplings
  • A Halloween milkshake with ice cream, strawberry sauce, strawberry pearls, whipped cream and pocky biscuits from the Animaid Cafe. 
Pumpkin soup and Welsh Rarebit soldiers from the Third Floor Rising cafe will be served on the Afflecks Palace ghost and food tours. Pumpkin soup and Welsh Rarebit soldiers from the Third Floor Rising cafe will be served on the Afflecks Palace ghost and food tours.
Pumpkin soup and Welsh Rarebit soldiers from the Third Floor Rising cafe will be served on the Afflecks Palace ghost and food tours. | Affecks Palace

The ticket also includes spell casting sessions with the team from Occult on the first floor. You also get a free spirit stone and spell candle to take home.

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The Halloween tour ticket also entitles you to get 20% off Afflecks merch, including t-shirts, posters, bucket hats and the limited edition Afflecks 40th commemorative book.

What else is happening at Afflecks during Halloween?

Naturally, Afflecks will be decked out in Halloween decorations for the spooky season and traders will be offering a variety of different seasonal offers.

Desert Island Dumplings are inviting customers to have a go at their Halloween-inspired GameCube games and a prize every time on their wheel of fortune.

Afflecks is also one of the number one places in the city to go if you’re looking for the perfect Halloween costume. You can find costumes and accessories over at American Graffiti, as well as makeup and glitter store MUOBU. Jewellery brand Sour Cherry are launching a special Halloween collection and punk shop Modern Streets  have a limited edition “Don’t Kill My Vibe” hoody printed in-house.

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Afflecks Palace are offering a combined ghost and food tour this Halloween weekend. Afflecks Palace are offering a combined ghost and food tour this Halloween weekend.
Afflecks Palace are offering a combined ghost and food tour this Halloween weekend. | Afflecks Palace

Afflecks Palace will be open from 10:30am to 6pm on Saturday 28 October. More information can be found on their Instagram page.

What have the organisers said?

AJ Martyn, general manager at Afflecks, said: “Spooky season is upon us here at Afflecks and the traders have really pulled out the stops to make our favourite time of year extra special! There have been many supernatural happenings reported by Afflecks over the years, with some dating right back to the 1800s.

“Halloween is the perfect time to come and learn more about one of the most haunted buildings in Manchester and refuel along the way with some eerie-sistible treats from the traders whilst you’re here. See you there!”

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