Scary times: where to celebrate Halloween in Abu Dhabi
From costume parties and family activities to spooky brunches, here’s your guide to getting the most out of the haunted holiday in the capital
Spooktacular at Yas Waterworld
If you really want to scare yourself this Halloween, head to Yas. As well as the usual 40 rides on offer, younger kids will enjoy meeting the park’s characters Dana and friends and Bandits Chubby and Skinny. Ideal for all the family, there will be prizes and competitions, free sweets and merchandise giveaways.
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 10am to 10pm, Dhs250. Tel: (02) 4142000 Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com
Take part in the Neorun
Join 10,000 runners of all ages, from ten years and up, and walk, jog or run along a 5km Halloween-themed route at Zayed Sports City in fancy dress. You’ll be splashed with glow neon paint along the way, and maybe get a scare from some ghouls of the night. At the finish line, it’s one big party of neon lights and endless dancing. It’s not all tricks; there are treats too, such as the free T-shirt and swag bag you’ll get for taking part.
Zayed Sports City, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, Fri, doors open 5pm, run starts at 7pm, Dhs185. Taxi: Zayed Sports City. neorun.com/halloween
Freaky Friday at Yas Marina
Perfect for children of all ages, this party will be filled with themed attractions such as The Maze Of Madness and The Pumpkin Patch, where kids can enjoy bowling pumpkins and get creative in an arts and crafts corner. Staff dressed as witches and ghouls will lead the children around Yas Marina at 5pm for guided trick-or-treating, followed by a fancy dress competition.
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 3pm to 6.30pm, Dhs30. Taxi: Yas Marina. yasisland.ae
A French-Polynesian Halloween at Trader Vic’s
Expect zombie- and vampire-themed drinks at this Hula-ween (groan) party in Al Zahiyah. There’s a prize for the best costume and ladies get three free drinks between 7pm and 9pm.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Tues from 7pm. Tel: (02) 6979011. Taxi: Beach Rotana. rotana.com
Burning Man at Blue Marlin
The club in Ghantoot is holding a themed event for Halloween inspired by America’s Burning Man desert festival, with DJs Hosh and Lehar, Frederick Stone, Jixo & Danz, Jean B and Aidin Karami spinning the wheels of steel.
Blue Marlin, Ghantoot Al Jazira Island Hotel, Abu Dhabi. Friday, 1pm to 11pm. Tel: (056) 1133400. Taxi: Ghantoot Al Jazira. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
Spooky savings at C. Mondo
C. Mondo bar at the Centre Capital Centre hotel is giving 50 per cent off food and drinks on October 26 and 27. Visit in fancy dress and you’ll get a free drink, spend Dhs200 in the bar, and you’ll be able to ‘spin the wheel’ to stand a chance of winning a range of prizes from the hotel.
October 26 and 27
C. Mondo, Centro Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, Fri and Sat, free entry. Tel: (02) 4096666. Taxi: Centro Capital Centre. rotana.com
Celebrate Yelloween at Coya
It’s all about voodoo at Abu Dhabi’s What’s On Awards-winning pan-Latino outlet. There’ll be a live band on the night and fancy dress is encouraged.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun 8pm to 3am. Tel: (02) 3067000. Taxi: The Galleria. coyarestaurant.com
Ghosts and ghouls on Saadiyat
Sadiyaat Beach Club’s pool party Cachée is Halloween-themed this weekend. DJ Slim and DJs Saif And Sound supply the tunes and make sure you go in fancy dress – there’s a prize up for grabs for the best.
Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 2am, Dhs200, Dhs50 ladies. Tel: (02) 6563500. Taxi: Saadiyat Beach Club. saadiyatbeachclub.ae
A fright night at Le Meridien (with added Yalla Laughs)
Head to The Village at Le Meridien for a spooky party, live music from Once Duo and stand-up comedy from the UAE’s Yalla Laughs.
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Tue from 7pm. Tel: (02) 6974354. Taxi: Le Méridien. lemeridienabudhabi.com
Go to a Halloween costume party
Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve at Hemingway’s and dance the night away alongside live band DNA 2.0 and try a special themed three-course dinner for Dhs130. Halloween costumes are encouraged and prizes are up for grabs.
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, Tue 7pm to 2am, free entry. Tel: (02) 6924247 Taxi: Hilton Abu Dhabi. 3hilton.com
A scary overnight stay
Forget haunted abodes, celebrate October 31 at the Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort with an overnight stay including a buffet breakfast, two free drinks, 20 per cent off food and drinks and free entry to the hotel’s Halloween bash at L’attitude, where you can do your best Thriller impression on the dance floor.
Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, Western Region, Abu Dhabi, Dhs700 per night. Tel: (02) 8012222 Taxi: Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort. jebeldhanna.danathotels.com
Head to a spooky brunch
Irish pub McGettigan’s has a monster-themed brunch to celebrate Halloween. Spend Dhs199 for unlimited house drinks and food from noon to 4pm with a post-drinks brunch package from 5pm to 8pm for Dhs149. The dress code is scary, so don your spookiest threads. Irish band Hermitage Green will perform from 7pm.
McGettigan’s, Al Raha Beach Hotel And Resort, Abu Dhabi, Fri noon to 3am, free entry, Dhs199 brunch, Dhs149 post-brunch. Tel: (02) 6524333 Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. mcgettigans.com/auh
Hit a scary buffet at Etihad Towers
Load up on carbs and chill out at Rosewater’s Halloween themed feast, where you can dig into a huge buffet and free-flowing house drinks for Dhs325 with a sparkling option for Dhs399. Kids will be entertained by face painters, balloon masters and clowns.
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi, Tue 6.30pm to 11pm. Dhs200 to Dhs399. Tel: (02) 8115666. Taxi: Jumeirah At Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com