Halloween Lantern Carnival coming to Liverpool City Centre

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

Halloween Lantern Carnival coming to Liverpool City Centre

by Culture Liverpool

This page is from 2017 and has been archived.
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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.

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.”

Speaking on behalf of Albert Dock Liverpool, Gavin Tuck, from Small Back Room, said:

“It has been a joy working with our city partners Culture Liverpool, Liverpool BID Company, and of course the wonderfully creative team at Lantern Company, and from our perspective it is part of a continued strategic reinvention of the retail and leisure offer of Albert Dock.

“We encourage the community to come together and get involved in the free, lantern and mask making workshops. Not only are they great fun, but they offer a sneak peek of the magic that goes into Lantern Company’s amazing creations, and there’s even a chance your lanterns will be put on display at Albert Dock!

“Lantern Company have produced a fantastic, free, family spectacle to mark Halloween. Liverpool is famous worldwide for throwing a party – and Halloween Lantern Carnival will not disappoint.”

Assistant mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, councillor Wendy Simon, said:

“Lantern Company produce some incredible work, so it’s great news that we can work with our partners to bring this popular event to the streets of Liverpool.

“It will be a fantastic, free, spooky night out for all the family, and it will be a great taste of what people can expect just a week later on November 5 when Lantern Company take part in the pre-show for the River of Light fireworks and music spectacular!”

Bill Addy, chief executive, Liverpool BID Company, added:

“Speaking on behalf of the BID businesses on and around Bold Street and Church Street, we cannot wait to welcome the Halloween Lantern Carnival later this month. It promises to be a visual treat for visitors and another great reason to visit our vibrant city centre. Metquarter and St Johns also have some brilliant, free workshops on October 28, so bring the family along and have some hands-on fun.”

For more information about Halloween Lantern Carnival, please visit the following:



Twitter: @LanternCompany

Facebook: @lanterncompany



Albert Dock website:

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @thealbertdock



Liverpool BID Company website:

Twitter:- @LpoolBIDcompany


Further Details

More information about Halloween Lantern Carnival – Sunday, October 29, 2017

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:

  • 10am-11am
  • 11.30am-12.30pm
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm
  • 3pm-4pm
  • 4pm-5.30pm

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:

  • 10am-11am
  • 11.30am-12.30pm
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm
  • 3pm-4pm

St John’s Shopping Centre

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

  • Saturday, October 28

Workshop times:

  • 10am-10.45am
  • 11.30am-12.15pm
  • 1.30pm-2.15pm
  • 2.45pm-3.30pm
  • 4pm-4.45pm

Lantern Company

Lantern Company is an artist-led organisation, with a wealth of experience in designing, producing and directing spectacular site-specific events, parades, arts festivals and visual theatre for audiences of all ages, locally, nationally and internationally.

It creates amazing and memorable events, day and night, and delight in giving audiences the thrill of experiencing the mysterious, beautiful and the absurd, often all at the same time!

Alongside a core aim to promote artistic excellence, Lantern Company are committed to developing participatory celebrations and projects which build skills and connections between people and spread positive action in local communities, everywhere!

Albert Dock Liverpool

From conception in 1846, to its regeneration in the 1980s, Albert Dock has always been pioneering and forward thinking, and credited as the catalyst for Liverpool’s glorious rebirth. Now the North West’s most visited free tourist attraction, Albert Dock Liverpool is entering into another era of renaissance.

Through a series of exciting upgrades and refurbishments to its commercial spaces, Albert Dock is on course to become a world-class leisure destination, with a distinct food, and evolving and diverse retail offer. Led by Aberdeen Asset Management, Albert Dock will be home to exciting, progressive and emerging operators from Liverpool and around the world.

Home to the largest group of Grade I listed building in the country, Albert Dock Liverpool is situated on Liverpool’s iconic UNESCO World Heritage waterfront, within walking distance of ACC Liverpool, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Liverpool ONE and Liverpool Cruise Terminal – putting it at the heart of the city’s thriving visitor economy.

Over six million people visited Albert Dock in 2016, thanks in part to a renewed event programme, and the Dock’s colourful array of world-class galleries, museums and attractions (Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Mattel Play! Liverpool and Magical Mystery Tour), restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels.

Culture Liverpool

Culture Liverpool is Liverpool City Council’s department which funds, programmes, produces and delivers culture and events in the city. It aims to create a dynamic programme that reflects the character and creativity of the city, placing citizens at its heart and inspiring all who participate and spectate. For more information visit

Liverpool BID Company

Liverpool BID Company is an independent, non-profit organisation, representing the interests of 1,500 businesses in Liverpool city centre, across two BID (Business Improvement District) areas – City Central BID (retail and leisure) and Commercial District BID.

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