Halloween Lantern Carnival to light up Liverpool city centre

After weeks of whispers and spooky speculation, the Lantern Company has confirmed it is bringing its legendary Halloween Lantern Carnival to the city on Sunday 29 October.

All the family are invited to join the fun as shadowy inhabitants – including illuminated giant beasts, skeletons and ghostly dancing apparitions, deathly street bands and other monstrosities – will roam the streets for one night only in a dazzling Halloween Lantern Carnival parade, the likes of which have never been seen before in the city centre.

Starting from the Pilgrim Street/Hardman St junction at 6pm, the spectacle will make its way, flapping, hopping and rattling through the city streets down towards the river, with the best vantage points being on Hardman Street, Bold Street, Church Street, Paradise Street, Thomas Steer Way, and Albert Dock, where at 7pm the carnival will disappear as quickly as it arrived.

Halloween Lantern Carnival

Families are also invited to take part by attending a number of free lantern and mask making workshops to be held at Albert Dock, Metquarter and St Johns Shopping Centre during the half term week.

Those created at Albert Dock will then become part of a magical static display around the Grade I listed estate, featuring no less than 500 lanterns all lit up on the evenings of October 28 and 29. These will join a variety of large animal lanterns that will be dotted around the Dock and illuminated from this Saturday (October 21) right through to Bonfire Night (November 5).

Halloween Lantern Carnival is happening thanks to a partnership between Lantern Company, Albert Dock Liverpool, Culture Liverpool, and Liverpool BID Company.

Jo Pocock, artistic director, Lantern Company, said: “We are very excited to finally be able to announce that the rumours are true – Halloween Lantern Carnival really is heading back to Liverpool this October!

“Although most of those taking part are in fact underworld inhabitants via the shady Bare Bones Tours plc, we are delighted to also be working with many brilliant local performing arts groups, bands and colleges. This huge scale carnival will be an incredible and truly extraordinary spectacle to behold for fun lovers of all ages.

“We would like to make a special thank you to our partners for making this all possible.”

Best viewing areas and approximate times:

Hardman Street – 6pm
Bold Street – 6.20pm
Church Street – 6.25pm
Paradise Street – 6.35pm
Thomas Steers Way from John Lewis to the Strand – 6.50pm
Albert Dock at Salthouse Quay – 7pm
Finish – 7.15pm


All workshops are free and available on a first come first served basis. Bookings will be taken at the venue on the day of the workshop. Space is limited so we ask each participant to be accompanied by one person only.

Albert Dock (located in the unit next to Mattel Play! Liverpool)

Make a lantern that will become part of an installation at Albert Dock, which will be illuminated October 28 and 29.

Saturday, October 21
And then from Tuesday, October 24, to and including Friday, October 27

Workshop times:


Metquarter (located on the 1st floor next to Hugo Boss)

Make your own illuminated mask to wear as you watch the carnival.

Saturday, October 28

Workshop times:

St Johns Shopping Centre

Make your own Halloween mask to wear when you come to see the carnival.

Saturday, October 28

Workshop times:


For more information visit www.lanterncompany.co.uk