Plan Your Halloween Party With System One Travel

With Autumn having just commenced, it means one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. A time for pumpkin carving, creepy decor and consuming way too much sugar, Halloween holds a specially spooky place in the heart of many. Oh, and it’s perfectly acceptable to dress up as a zombie for an evening - no matter how old you are! If you pulled that stunt at Christmas, let’s just say you wouldn’t blend in with the crowd quite so well…

Excited for the 31st yet? We certainly are!

If you’re planning a Halloween bash this year however, it may be quite a frightful thought at first. But fear not - we’re here to lend a hand. Think showstopping party costumes, eerie decorations and Halloweeny food to impress your guests.

And everything you need for your Halloween extravaganza is within one easy bus ride in Greater Manchester with one of our scarily good value System One Travelcards!

Read on at your own risk - there will be many Halloween-themed puns...


Dress To Scare

If you’re within the organised and admirable 5% of the population who decide on their Halloween costume months in advance, this paragraph may just give you the heebie jeebies. Because there are some of us who leave our costumes to the last minute and we’ll probably never learn.

So for the latter, here’s some ideas to get your creativity flowing…

You can get your 2017 Halloween get-up from city centre based fancy dress shop Luvyababes. If you can see past the un-scary name, they’ve got a brilliant range of costumes and accessories to make you the Belle of the Halloween ball (quite literally!). With branches in Bury and Bolton too, you won’t have to travel far to get your spook on!

After a visit to the store you’ll be able to terrify everyone at your party as Pennywise from ‘IT’ or a zombie 60s hippie. A great kids’ range means that you can deck out the whole family under one roof. They also have Harry Potter kids costumes, wigs in every colour and zombie-fied everything.

The Scariest Decor On Elm Street (or Oxford Road)

Give your guests the ghouls with some spine-chilling decorations. After all, what halloween party is complete without at LEAST some fake spider webs? But if you’re striving for much more, here are some pointers…


Occasion store Party Delights in Manchester houses everything you need to make your Halloween party the event of the year, with branches in Irlam and Cheetham Hill. Set the scene with bloody footprints and creepy door decorations to put your guests on edge. You can complete your party decor with hanging zombies, themed balloons and tableware. Party Delights also sells more PG Halloween decorations so the kids will be happy at your Halloween bash, too.

If you’ve got an eye for DIY, why not make your decorations yourself? Here’s some ideas that the kids will love making. For cheap and (not) cheery ghostly lanterns, just draw ghoulish faces on clean, empty milk jugs, or any other alternative you can find, and fill them with white fairy lights. They’re very adorable and make brilliant outside porch decorations.

Eat, Drink and Be Spooky

A party without a feast is simply no party at all. Party Delights, as aforementioned, offers a range of Halloween sweets for you and your guests to devour. And if you’re looking for something a bit retro, try Eat Me Sweets in Stockport which offers a click and collect service. No tricks, just treats! Put some unsettlingly shaped Halloween sweets in mason jars and you’ve got a spooky pick n mix on your hands. Warning: a sugar rush is inevitable.

Of course, a punch bowl at your party is a must. Go blood-red or gruesome green for your punch and use some dry ice to add a misty effect that’s guaranteed to impress.

Ensure that your Halloween bash takes the cake with spine-tingling refreshments right from Manchester’s best bakeries. Home Sweet Home is situated in the Northern Quarter and they serve seriously spooky bakes come Halloween. Or Zara Cakes creates incredible, personalised cakes for every occasion, so you can let your Halloween vision come to life through the medium of cake.

Or if you’re feeling brave, make your own spooky cupcakes!



And if all else fails, whack on Thriller by MJ and have a fangtastic time!

Remember to grab your System One Travelcard to get to all these destinations with ease. Conveniently, we’re currently giving away free weekly travel...

In celebration of Halloween, you can win a day’s worth of bus travel, and all you have to do is send us a picture of your carved pumpkin. The 5 most creative entries will be victorious. Good luck and get carving!

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