Halloween and Bonfire Night guide

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The mesmerising giant dreamer looms large over big crowds at the 2012 Lantern Parade © Glen O'Connell/Twitter

The mesmerising giant dreamer looms large over big crowds © Glen O’Connell/Twitter

Halloween is a great time of year full of fun events to attend, so whether you fancy a night out, a ghost walk or a scary movie, check out our guide to the best of what’s happening over Halloween and Bonfire Night.

The Shiverpool Tours: If you fancy yourself as a ghost-hunter there’s no better place to be than on one the famous Shiverpool Tours. There is a choice of tours as well as ‘Ghouls and Gourmet’ dining packages.
Tours can be booked here: www.shiverpool.co.uk

Lantern Parade: The Lantern Theatre Company returns with its annual Halloween Lantern Parade on the 1st November at Sefton Park. This year is set to be bigger than ever although organisers are keeping the full details a closely guarded secret. 

The surreal parade, featuring lanterns made in workshops by the local community, starts at 6.30pm. More information can be found here: www.lanterncompany.co.uk

Firework displays at Sefton Park and Newsham Park: Get down to Sefton Park on 5th November to enjoy their fantastic display and relive your childhood. Displays start at 7.30pm but people are urged not to bring Chinese lanterns or their own sparklers. For more details call 0151 233 2008

Halloween at FACT: Scare yourself silly at The FACT’s horror season, featuring classic movies such as ‘Nosferatu’ and ‘Dracula’. As well as Mark Boulos’ ‘Echo’ – a large-scale immersion video installation – viewers will see a ‘ghostly’ reflection of themselves that moves and talks in real time. Tickets for Halloween events are available now by phone on 0871 902 5737 or at www.fact.co.uk

Halloween at St Luke’s:  This Halloween why not take a spooky tour of the ‘Bombed Out Church’? Visitors are invited to explore the ancient church and then enjoy a ‘Freaky Feast’ but beware of what lurks in the shadows. Tour and meal costs £15 and you can text 07783 459796 for tickets.

Ghoul Teeth: Halloween Special at Bumper: The usual Thursday night in Bumper with a spooky twist. You can turn up in fancy dress and dance until 5am. Tickets are £4 on the door, advanced tickets for £3 can be purchased here.

Halloween Beer Festival: Baltic Bake House are joining forces with Toxteth-based micro-brewery the Mad Hatter Brewing Company to put on this beer and baked goods festival, with “devilishly delicious beers” and “spooky sticky toffee pudding”.

Video report by Chris Cunningham, JMU Journalism TV

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