Residents of Manchester have no excuse to forget their Halloween fancy dress this year, as the city looks set to celebrate the occasion with its first ever parade.

Local people who love to dress up on October 31st will be pleased to hear that plans are afoot for a special procession through the city centre.

According to BBC News, organiser Carl Whiteley hopes the inaugural event will attract at least 2,000 participants.

Councillor Pat Karney, the local authority's city centre spokesperson, said he was "very excited" by the prospect.

"It is a great opportunity for everyone to dress up and have a whale of a time," he told the news provider.

Mr Whiteley, who was also the organiser of last year's Zombie Aid walk through Manchester, said he hopes the event will eventually grow to the size of New York's annual Halloween parade.

People heading out in Manchester on October 31st could opt for Zombie Skeleton fancy dress or a Crimson Vampira costume.