The former Mayfield Station building in Manchester city centre has been invaded by a giant monster.

The Octoplasm beast landed on the station in the early hours of yesterday evening and by morning, it had begun to wind its huge tentacles around the upper reaches of the building. Shocked onlookers gasped in terror at the colossal purple beast.

With its four piercing eyes fixed on passengers using platform 14 at Piccadilly Station and some taxis, there are reports that other buildings around the city have suffered a similar fate as Mayfield. These include Manchester Arndale, House of Fraser, Manchester Hall, Piccadilly Place and 35 Dale Street.

The appearance of the infernal beasts has coincided with the city’s celebrations for Halloween weekend which include a range of family-friendly activities throughout the city centre and beyond.

At St Anne’s Square, a host of free activities will take place including a Pumpkin Patch Play Zone for under 5s and performances from Z-Arts while the main stage in Exchange Square will screen Halloween favourites from Cbeebies including Hey Duggee and Sarah & Duck along with the premiere of the new Danger Mouse Halloween special.

On Sunday 27th October the city will attempt to set a new world record for the greatest number of ‘ghosts’ gathered together in one place, while helping to raise money for Manchester’s homeless charity, Big Change Manchester.

James Heather, development director at Mayfield said: “We are working with our partners to understand exactly what the Octoplasm beast’s intentions are and whether they should be incorporated into the overall inclusive vision for Mayfield.

“While we are not ideologically adverse to welcoming multi-tentacled monsters from outer space to our emerging development, we do not have provision for its permanent inclusion with the newly adopted SRF and it therefore may fall foul of local planning policy. We’ll see.”