What’s On previews Halloween parties in Dubai, from Barasti to Sensation, and Irish Village, Zero Gravity, The Underground, Burj Al Arab and McGettigans.

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Both outlets will host the official afterparty for the Contagion Run – Dubai’s very first Zombie themed 5k obstacle run organised by the folks at ComiCon. Participants in the race are eligible to drink deals all night, while there are plenty of the on the spot prizes, too. 

Bonnington Tower, JLT, Dubai, from 8pm. Tel: (04) 3780800. Metro: JLT. mcgettigans.ie

Next to World Trade Centre, Dubai, from 8pm. Tel: (04) 3780808. Metro: World Trade Centre.

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The best dressed wins dinner for two at Fish Bazaar.

Habtoor Grand, Dubai, 4pm to midnight, free. Tel: (04) 4084257. Taxi: Habtoor Grand. habtoorhotels.com

Dress up at the Halloween Masquerade and see rock bands Coat Of Arms, Nervecell and Behold The Locus.

Majestic Hotel, Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, 8pm, Dhs80. Tel: (04) 3598888. Taxi: Majestic Hotel. majestichotels.com

Rooftop nightclub White Dubai will be the scene for a battle between good and evil. With an Angels and Demons theme, the stunning club will be filled with twisted gargoyles and beautiful winged angels. As they fight it out in a live show, which side will you pick?

Meydan Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, Thursday and Friday, October 30 and 31, 10pm to 3am, free. Taxi: Meydan Grandstand. Tel: (050) 4430933. whitedubai.com

Hailed as Dubai’s most scandalous nightclub and renowned for a nightly unique and shocking performance, things get cranked up another notch or two on Halloween at Cirque Le Soir. Spread across both nights of the weekend, the venue will be transformed into a nightmarish crime scene with influences from famous movie serial killers like Leatherface, Chuckie, Jason, Freddie ensuring to give shivers to all party-goers.

Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 10pm to 3am, free. Metro: World Trade Centre. cirquelesoir.com/dubai

Eat, drink and beware of the chill when entering a different UBK realm filled with frightful fun. Guests can get creative with their costumes to stand the chance of winning a UBK barbecue for four people. Keep all eyes peeled at the staff who shift into creatures of the night serving dozens of Halloween sips from Bloody Mary, Frankenstein, to Vampire suck.

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 4380000. facebook.com/ubkdubai

The Marina bar puts on Societe Of The Dead, with hits from the 1980s, 1990s and noughties.

Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 10pm to 3am, free. Tel: (050) 3571126. Taxi: Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina. societe.ae

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The Ghost Town Halloween party includes 3D movies, a zombie dance show, and a bungee jump.
Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 4pm to 10pm, Dhs150. Tel: (056) 1751010. Metro: Nakheel. ghosttownhalloweenparty.com

Nasimi Beach turns into a horror show the night before Halloween with a glow in the dark monster party.

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 7pm to 3am, Dhs100. Tel: (050) 7381388. Taxi: Atlantis. platinumlist.net

Let your inner child out, in all its playful and devilish glory at Iris’ ‘Dark Affair’,ée. Come the witching hour, Iris will become full of masked madness, be that a full-on Venetian Masquerade to the half-face mask that’s borderline Phantom of the Opera and Lady Gaga.

Oberoi Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4441444. Metro: Business Bay. irisdubai.com

The only ghoulish thing about the Fresh Prince’s best friend is the fact he’s barely aged since the famous sitcom ended 20 years ago. The man behind the very un-Halloween hit Summertime fronts Barasti’s Zombie Fest this month. Fancy dress is a must with prizes on offer for the most outrageous. Then, at midnight, as darkness falls, the talented turntablist takes to the decks. Of course, plenty of people will be hoping for a repeat performance of last year’s impromptu Fresh Prince reunion at the beach venue, when the DJ was joined by Will Smith. Fingers and claws crossed.

Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, 11am to 3am, free. Taxi: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi. barastibeach.com

Halloween Parties in Dubai 2014

There’s a special Halloween brunch at Al Muntaha. 

Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah 3, Dubai, Dhs735. Tel: (04) 3017600. Taxi: Burj Al Arab. jumeirah.com

Chinese restaurant Ba also celebrates its first birthday this Halloween, and will host a The Walking Dead party. Up for grabs to the best dressed is a full weekend stay at Fairmont The Palm with Simply Retro and Yum Cha brunch offerings.

Fairmont The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, from 9pm. Tel: (04) 4573338. Taxi: Fairmont The Palm. dineatba.com

The al fresco hot spot is having their annual Halloween party, with free entry, ‘fangtastic’ games and prizes for best dressed. DJ Marky Mark will be on the decks to ramp it up another notch.

Al Garhoud, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2395000. Metro: GGICO. theirishvillage.com

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Celebrate the spooktacular at Mina A’Salam brunch and win prizes – dinners, brunches, beach and Wild Wadi access – for the best scary costume. 

Mina A’Salam, Souk Madinat, Dubai, Friday 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs425. Tel: (04) 3668888. Taxi Mina A’Salam. jumeirah.com

For its first ever outdoor shindig, Sensation is heading to Dubai – bringing with it a stellar line up of international DJs. Among the artists involved are Swedish duo AN21 and Max Vangeli, New York house legend Roger Sanchez, and 18-year-old Dutchman Martin Garrix. Sensation has held more than 100 parties in 32 countries. More than 15,000 people are expected at Meydan Racecourse on October 31. Attendees – asked to dress in white – will experience the event’s Source Of Light show: lasers, fireworks and acrobats.

Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, 9pm, Dhs395. Tel: (050) 8558036. Taxi: Meydan Racecourse. platinumlist.net/sensationdubai