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Why Liverpool is the best place to celebrate Halloween

2 months ago

By Chris Grundy

Why Liverpool is the best place to celebrate Halloween
Halloween in Liverpool

As Halloween approaches, the quest for the perfect location to celebrate the spooky holiday is on the minds of many.

Well look no further because Liverpool is the BEST place to celebrate Halloween! We have it all from a scare attraction at one of the most haunted buildings in the UK to boss club nights!

So for all you Halloween enthusiasts, here’s why we think Liverpool is the ultimate destination to get your scream on!

Haunted History

Newsham Park Hospital. Credit: The Guide Liverpool
Newsham Park Hospital. Credit: The Guide Liverpool

Liverpool, like many cities with a long and storied history, has its fair share of ghost stories and legends that contribute to its haunted history.

The Adelphi Hotel:

The Adelphi Hotel is one of Liverpool’s most famous and historic hotels. It is rumored to be haunted by several ghosts, including a former manager who is said to roam the hotel’s upper floors. Guests have reported strange occurrences and ghostly apparitions throughout the years.

Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse:

The Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse is one of the largest brick warehouses in the world. This former abandoned warehouse, is now a luxury apartment complex, but it is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Liverpool.

Workers at the time claimed to hear unexplained footsteps, voices, and eerie noises, and some have even reported seeing shadowy figures in the dark corners of the building.

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms:

This grand Victorian pub, known as “The Phil,” is not only famous for its ornate decor but also for its ghostly inhabitants.

The ghost of a Victorian-era gentleman, often referred to as “George,” is said to frequent the gents’ restroom. Visitors have reported seeing apparitions and hearing strange noises in various parts of the pub… or maybe someone has had one too many… who knows?

Speke Hall:

Located on the outskirts of Liverpool, Speke Hall is a Tudor-era manor with a rich history. It is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a “White Lady” who is said to roam the halls of the house.

Guests and staff have reported mysterious occurrences, such as unexplained footsteps and the feeling of being watched.

Newsham Park Hospital:

We will be coming back later in the article about this place, but it is worth mentioning now that the abandoned Newsham Park Hospital is a mecca for ghost hunters and spectral thrill seekers!

Many have claimed to see spirits, heard whispers or felt the touch of something cold on their spine. 

It is regularly cited as one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, stalked by those who used to govern it or be its unfortunate guests. Many believe its history has left an indelible presence lurking in the corners, emerging only at night. 

Events and Parties

Halloween Liverpool
Credit: Festival of the Dead

Liverpool offers a wide range of Halloween-themed events and parties that cater to all ages and interests.

From family-friendly pumpkin carving events to club nights, there’s something for everyone.

The city’s pubs, bars, and nightclubs often host extravagant Halloween parties, so you can dance the night away in your spookiest costume.

Check out Spooky Woodland Walk at Blakemere Village, Cheshire

Less than an hour’s drive from Liverpool, this year’s spooky installation is guaranteed fun for all the family as you navigate a trail of themed family favourites, including the Dinosaurs Den, Ghostbusters Ghetto, Hocus Pocus party pad, and all the thrills of the Under the Sea spectacular!

Check out the House of the Dark Arts with Festival of the Dead at The Olympia

The Olympia is being transformed into the ‘home of the dark arts’ for one night only on October 28, when the massive Festival of the Dead touring show descends.

It promises a combination of circus, carnival and chaos, with clubbers mingling with giant skeleton puppets and creatures, and unreal performers in an immersive world. Expect a soundtrack spanning everything from indie to techno, DJs and a live band.

Over 18s only, fancy dress encouraged!

Head to the Halloween Party at Liverpool One… IF YOU DARE!

Liverpool One will be hosting a Halloween party on October 29. There will be a Halloween parade and a fancy dress competition. Terms and conditions for the fancy dress competition can be found on the Liverpool One website. 

Scary Experiences

Picture – Shiverpool

Liverpool has some fantastic themed attractions during the Halloween season.

Popular venues like Farmaggedon and Newsham Scream Park provide spine-tingling experiences for those who seek a thrilling Halloween adventure.

There’s also Shiverpool – Liverpool’s Spookiest walking tour!

In the clutches of Chiller Black and the rest of the macabre team, you will discover the bone-chilling stories of Liverpool’s ghostly past!

Along with private ‘bespook’ tours, it now offers three tour experiences:

The Hope Street Shivers (the first ever theatrical tour of Liverpool), Auld City and Dead House Tour, and The Secret Garden and Cemetery Shivers – ‘The Old Necropolis tour of St James’s Cemetery’.

Devilishly Diverse Entertainment

Credit: Sonic Yootha
Credit: Sonic Yootha

Liverpool is known for its diverse cultural scene, and Halloween is no exception.

The city hosts a range of events that include live music, theatre performances, and Drag Brunches, all with a Halloween twist.

You can enjoy the arts in a Halloween-inspired setting.

Check out Sonic Yootha for this year’s “Scalloween” on Saturday 28 October!

Promoted as “A monthly dislocated disco for homos, fauxmos, gender-blenders & part-time Brendas”, Sonic Yootha has risen to fame over the past few years to become one of the leading club events in the country!

Or join Heaven on Thursday the 26 October as they bring you a night of terrifying drag cabaret, filled with the best and most rotted of Heaven Liverpool’s resident club kid performers, and a hand picked selection of frightening guests!!

Find out more events on our calendar HERE.

Community “Spirit”

Credit: Liverpool ONE / Katumba (2022)
Credit: Liverpool ONE / Katumba (2022)

As always, what truly sets Liverpool apart is its people.

The people of Liverpool come together to celebrate Halloween, and the friendly atmosphere makes the holiday all the more enjoyable.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

For more on all the Halloween events in this article check out our ultimate guide HERE.



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