42 frighteningly fabulous things to do in Dubai this Halloween
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Halloween – this is the one night a year when you can either look your best or your worst and nobody can say anything about it. In proper What’s On fashion, we will be providing you with events for all the ghouls and guys to celebrate this Halloween season in Dubai.
Asateer Tent at Atlantis The Palm
It’s back, and back with a bang. Prepare yourselves for a night of some scary dance-offs, big prizes, crowd karaoke, and some goosebump-inducing banging bingo. Make sure that your outfits are absolutely terrifying as there will be a Dhs5,000 prize for best, erm… worst dressed. Tickets start from Dhs150 and are available here
Bongo’s Bingo, Asateer Tent, Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeriah, from Dhs150, @bongosbingodubai
The perfect escape in DIFC from the Halloween craze. Guests can still enjoy the spooky season, with a classy flair. The fantastic Italian restaurant will be providing its patrons with a halloween themed dish, Homemade agnolotti Del Plin which is a pasta that is stuffed with pumpkin, butter, sage, Parmigiano Reggiano fondue and almond sticks.
The Artisan Dubai, Waldorf Astoria, DIFC, open Sun to Thu from 12pm to 11pm and Fri to Sat from 12pm to 11:30pm. Dhs120. Tel: (0)4 338 8133, @theartisandubai
Armani Hotel – 3BK
If you have an irrational fear of dolls, beware. Let Annabelle and Chucky scare you silly at the Secret House of Dolls Brunch at the Burj Khalifa. Guests will get a delectable four-course meal with free-flow drinks. Oh, and guests dressed in their worst will stand a chance to win prizes. This spooky event is not to be skirted on.
3BK, Level 3, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Sat Oct 29, brunch 1pm to 4.30pm, afterparty 4.30pm to 6pm. Dhs349 soft, Dhs399 wine and cocktails (ladies only), Dhs499 house, Dhs599 sparkling, afterparty, 150 for 4 select drinks. Book here.
The Arts Club
For a more exclusive evening, check out The Arts Club Dubai’s Inaugural Halloween Party. Promising ‘a transformative and immersive experience, set to a soundtrack from five different DJs’, members and their guests will enjoy canapés and crafted cocktails. The event is free for The Arts Club members, with tickets priced at Dhs750 for guests of members.
Rohen, The Arts Club Dubai, DIFC, Thursday October 27, 9pm ’til late. theartsclub.ae
Get in that full body pump-kin, with this hellish Bare workout. This calorie killer is the best way to start your Halloween weekend festivities. Start the session with a pre-workout potion and embrace the creepy side of life. Head to Bare and prepare for Halloween. Don’t forget to take home a pumpkin to carve and stand the chance to win prizes from Bare and Kibsons when you tag them on Instagram.
Bare DXB, Clover Bay Tower, Masari Dr, Business Bay, Fri Oct 28, 5.30pm. bare.fitness
Bar Du Port
The seductive sirens are calling. Will you heed their call? This Halloween, Bar Du Port will be hosting its first-ever Halloween-themed brunch. The stylish bar will be beckoning sailors with the alluring calls of these mythical creatures to host an enchanting evening. With the terrace open, you can dance the night away with the Dubai skyline glittering in the back accompanied by live entertainment.
A crazy hospital themed Halloween night is ready for your arrival at Bla Bla. With an operation theatre that’ll give you goosebumps like no other, creepy nurses are here to “look after” you accompanied by chilling entertainers. Best costumes will receive prizes.
Bla Bla, JBR, Oct 28 to 31, blabladubai.ae
A four day Halloween affair awaits you at Billionaire. The venue has been transformed into an enchanted fairy land and the spectacular show has been modified to fit the special occasion. The makeover will draw inspiration from the eerie legends of forest fairies who lurk in the dark woods. The Halloween fabled celebrations are expected to begin on October 28 and will continue until the main event taking place on October 31.
Ce La Vi
This Halloween, Ce La Vi is pulling out all the stops. Their Yelloween brunch, being held on Saturday, October 29 will be bringing out all the creepy creatures in broad daylight. Spend the afternoon of frights at the sky-high venue and enjoy a lavish spread of decadent Pan-Asian dishes and free-flow drinks.
Clap – Ongaku speakeasy
Transformed into the 1998 cult classic The Ring, this hidden speakeasy will be draped in shadows and become a dark Japanese haunted videotape nightmare. Old TVs scattered around, accompanied by creepy music, and of cousrm the return of Samara. Liquid courage, required… Fancy dressed, encouraged.
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The multi-sensory dinner and a show experience is taking a dark turn as they announce a Halloween special. Enjoy the enchanting Once Upon a Dream – The Haunted Castle, which will feature mystical dances and a ghostly theme. Entangled in the dancers and acrobats enjoy an a la carte Mediterranean style menu, as well as house drinks and cocktails.
Geales at Le Royal Meridien
Geales is making sure you will have a fang-tastic time this Halloween. Enjoy a British set menu designed to delight the whole family. The little ones will be entertained with spooky activities such as face painting, Halloween-themed games and much more.
Geales, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Sun Oct 30 1pm to 4pm. Dhs245 for soft, Dhs395 for house, kids under 12 free. Tel: (0)4 316 5555, geales-dubai.com
Home by McGettigan’s – City Walk
Back by popular demand, this crime-solving, murderer-interrogating evening is an action-packed thrill ride. This immersive experience takes place on Wednesday, October 5 from 7.30pm followed by a Halloween-themed brunch performance on Saturday, October 29 from 2pm. Brunch includes free-flow drinks and a three-course meal. You will get a chance to interact with the characters, too. Discover the criminal before Detective Chief Inspector Bill Roberts and you and your team will win a brunch. For all their other offers at other branches check out their website.
H0me by McGettigan’s, City Walk, Wed Oct from 7.30pm entry costs Dhs50, welcome drink included. Oct 29 2pm to 6pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs249 house, Dhs399 premium. Tel: (0)4 385 2400 mcgettigans.com
Halloween meets Dia de Los Muertos at Hotel Cartagena. Enjoy a specially spooky brunch on Saturday October 29 which will kick off the most colourful celebration in Mexican culture. Take part in this incredible tradition of honouring the dead at this fabulous venue. Dress your best and stand a chance to win brunch for 2. All week long enjoy Tequila cocktails for Dhs99.
Hotel Cartagena, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, open Sun to Fri 6pm till late, Saturday Brunch: Sat Oct 29, 1pm to 4pm, dinner 6.30pm till late. Brunch packages Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs445 sparkling. Tequila cocktail flight 30 Oct to 5 Nov, Dhs99. Tel: (0)4 350 9287, hotelcartagena.ae, @hotelcartagenadxb
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Zombies, ghosts, ghouls and phantoms will be roaming the streets of the Haunted Hotel. But it seems that they will be taking over the whole of IMG for the best Halloween bash. 31 days of spook fright and fun are headed your way with trick-or-treat activities, Dark Mazes, Haunted Alleys and more.
IMG Worlds of Adventure, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road, City of Arabia, Oct 1 to 31 Mon to Thu, midday to 10pm, Fri to Sun midday to 11pm. Tel :(0)4 403 8888. imgworlds.com
Legoland is turning into a spookyland this Halloween. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities and most importantly, the brand new 4D monster movie ‘The Great Monster Chase’ will be exclusively played here. For those wanting to take the spook-fest to the next level, they can book into the Legoland Hotel for a monster sleepover and enjoy exclusive Halloween activities. The sleepover will give you a special invite to the Halloween ‘monster party’ hosted at the theme park. For more information, visit their website here.
Legoland, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, Oct 7 to 31, Tel: (0)4 825 1650. legoland.com
Gather all your little loved ones and head to Treasure Island for a fantastic bash. The soft play area at Le Gourmet in Galeries Lafayette will be throwing a Halloween-themed party that is guaranteed to be the (spookiest) party of the season. There’s entertainment, trick-or-treat spin wheel, themed activities and lots of cupcakes and spooky sweets. Kids can also enjoy cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and a themed photobooth.
Treasure Island, Le Gourmet in Galeries Lafayette, Fri Oct 28 4pm to 7pm, Dhs180 per child. Tel: (0)50 473 8452
Lost Chambers Aquarium
For the ultimate under-the-sea haunted experience, head down to The Haunted Chambers for a scream-worthy adventure. Spooky decorations, exciting games, sea creature interactions, expert talks and mind-blowing photo opportunities await you.
Lost Chambers Aquarium, Atlantis The Palm, Sat Oct 29 to Mon Oct 1 10am to 9pm. Dhs85 per adult, one child under 12 free (in costume) enters free with each paying adult, Dhs65 per child thereafter. atlantis.com
The multi-award-winning fusion restaurant inspired by the Amazonian jungle is celebrating Halloween in style. On Saturday, October 29 Mama Zonia will be hosting a secret party brunch between 1pm and 4.30pm, with an after-party until 6.30pm. The Halloween special will host live music, tribal drummers, samba dancers and the mischief monkey.
The spooky festivities don’t end there. Channel your inner ghoulish spirit with an unlimited drinks package featuring signature spine-tingling cocktails, such as the ‘Hocus Pocus’ and the ‘Vampire Kiss’. The offer will last for three hours and is. Dhs220 for ladies and Dhs270 for gents. Make sure you plan ahead as bookings are required.
Mama Zonia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Halloween Brunch, Sat Oct 29, 1pm to 4.30pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs425 house, Dhs525 sparkling, Dhs745 Champagne. Unlimited Drinks, Mon Oct 31, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs220 ladies, Dhs270 gents. Tel:(0)4 240 4747 mamazoniadubai.com, @mamazoniadxb
Majlis Al Sultan
This limited-edition Halloween menu takes autumn and pumpkin-loving to a whole new level. The menu will feature, you guessed it, pumpkin-themed dishes such as spiced pumpkin soup, and a garden pumpkin panna cotta. The kiddies are also welcome and can enjoy spooky cookie crafting. You get a pumpkin, they get a pumpkin, everybody gets a pumpkin!
Majlis Al Sultan, Al Wasl road, Jumeriah, and City Centre Me’aisem, Oct 28 to 31, 8am to 1am. Tel: (0)4 334 1888, @majlisalsultan
Halloween celebrations at Motiongate begin from October 8 and we can expect an array of spooky-themed activities such as a horror maze, scare zones, zombie food and much more. Guests can explore the park’s haunted houses at their own peril. The most terrifying events take place from Wednesday to Sunday from 4pm.
Motiongate, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, Oct 8 to 31, dubaiparksandresorts.com
Come one, Come all. Step right up and be prepared to see the most frightening freaks at the Secret Circus Brunch. Freak Shows will roam while you enjoy a spectacular brunch with delicious nibbles and handcrafted cocktails. The jaw-dropping circus freaks will be making their rounds, but be careful and don’t get too close…
Freak Show, Secret Circus Brunch, Nonya, Taj, Jumeriah Lake Towers, Sat Oct 29, brunch 1pm to 4.30pm, afterparty 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Dhs 299 soft, Dhs349 wine (ladies only) Dhs399 house, Dhs499 sparkling, Dhs699 champagne, afterparty Dhs150 four select drinks. Book here.
It’s time to don your most glamorous mask and make your way to NYX at Gaia to celebrate Halloween in style. From 10pm immerse yourself into the beauty of darkness and masquerade your identity while you enjoy an evening of decadence. To set up the evening further a set by DJ Liva K will excite and energise you with his eclectic beats.
Nyx at Gaia, Podium Level, Gate Village 4, DIFC, Mon Oct 31 10pm to 3am. Reservation required, price on request. Tel: (0)52 736 6219
A night full of unbeatable house, Hip Hop and R&B. But the PURGE has taken over and for one night only where all activity is completely legal. Okay, not really but you will have a killer time. With some amazing international artists such as Gracious K, Scottie B and Adam Cotier. Sip on curated coktails and dance the night away in your spookiest get up.
P7 Arena, Media One Hotel, Friday October 28, 9pm to 3am, early bird tickets from Dhs100, VIP tables from Dhs2,500. Tickets are now on sale here.
Paramount Hotel Midtown
Ghouls and Witches are welcome to join this celebration at their own risk. At Melrose Bar and Lounge, you can enjoy a show with the worst of the worst that Disney has to offer. Maleficent, Cruella De Ville and Ursula have planned an evening filled with childhood nostalgia, tricks and lots of naughty treats for you to enjoy. Book via WhatsApp on 058 826 5729.
Melrose Bar and Lounge, Paramount Hotel Midtown, Al Mustaqbal Street, every Sat in Oct from 8.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (0)4 248 3333. paramounthotelsdubai.com
Paramount Hotel Dubai
Ghosts, ghouls and Goblins are celebrating Halloween a little early at the Flashback Speakeasy Bar & Lounge. The speakeasy is getting an Addams Family make-under this October. The live musical production ‘A Happy Family Murder”, a tribute to the iconically gothic family. This Whodunit is a celebration of the honour of killing Uncle Fester. Taking place on Thursday nights, at Wednesday’s protest. Discover who merrily murdered the family member.
Flashback Speakeasy Bar & Lounge, Paramount Hotel Dubai, Business Bay, Thursday Dhs299 soft, Dhs380 house, Dhs550 bubbly. October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 8pm to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 246 6641 paramounthotelsdubai.com
Frighteningly fun times are coming to Prato Dubai as they will be hosting an afternoon brunch for family and kids. Guest can enjoy a traditional British carvery. While the little ones are in the special kid’s corner, parents will be entertained by a live DJ. Be sure to dress in your worst as there are prizes to be won for the scariest costume.
Prato Dubai, Trump International Golf Club, Damac Hills, Oct 29 1pm to 4pm, Dhs 225 soft, Dhs325 house, Dhs395 premium drinks. Tel: (0)4 245 3988, @pratodubai
Rolldxb will be hosting the only indoor roller-skating event for Halloween. Bring the ghouls and enjoy a zombie-themed night of rolling on the wood. This eerie affair includes themed props. On Wednesday, October 26, it’s a ladies only evening so get the gals together for this freakish eve. The rest of the Halloween events will take place on October 28, 29 and 30.
Wickedness awaits you this Halloween at Seven Sisters. Witches roam free and monsters walk the land while black cats cross your path as they hiss. This upscale bar and lounge will be offering a host of themed evenings starting October 28. Fusion Fridays on October 28 means dance the night away, but don’t lose your soul on the dance floor. Whilst Saturday October 29 means a spooky brunch and after party. Old Hallows eve fight to stay alive with a thrilling Monday brunch.
When guests upgrade any of their ski passes to the Halloween pass, for only Dhs75, they can enjoy all that Ski Dubai has to offer this spooky season. These activities include, photo opportunities, fortune tellers, and trick or treating in the cold village. The snow cinema will also be showing films such as Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, and more.
Ski Dubai, Mall of The Emirates, Oct 22 to 31 from 4pm to 9pm. Dhs75 to upgrade to the halloween pass. Tel: (600) 599905, skidxb.com
Returning for its third year the spooky season celebrations have returned to Sonara’s sandy dunes. Dress up is encouraged and kids can enjoy a plethora of activities such as camelback riding inclusive of trick-and-treat surprises and goodies. There is also a live show, cupcake and cookie decorating, as well as scary movies. All the while, parents can drink in the surroundings and enjoy the award-winning food and beverages.
Sonara Camp, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Sun Oct 29, Sunset experience with all activities Dhs580 adults and Dhs250 for kids 6 and up, Sunset and Dinner Dhs980 adults and Dhs490 for kids 6 and up. Kids 5 and under go free. Tel: (0)4 223 8011, nara.ae
Scream, shout and let it all out at Soul Beach. Ibiza Global Radio is back and they are kicking off the season in October with international DJs like Themba and Stacey Pullin. Tickets are on sale here. The next event is their Halloween edition which will be sure to put the ‘boo’ in boogie.
Studio One Hotel
Grab your fellow horror film enthusiasts and head down to the ultimate scare fest. Settle in and get ready to watch the horror as the clock strikes midnight. Package is inclusive of a soft drink and popcorn, make sure you keep it protected from flying all over the place at the jump scares.
Big Fright Night, Studio One Hotel, Studio, Studio City, Mon Oct 31 11pm onwards, Dhs 69 per person. Tel: (052) 767 9300.
Step into a RedRum party for one night only at Samba Room. The spookiest day of the year just got a whole lot better with a spine chilling RedRum party. The evening kicks off at 9pm and is guaranteed to be a night full of mystery and the occult. While you feast on a specially curated a la carte menu, enjoy the enchanting tunes of DJs Alex Twin and Ephlum all night long.
SushiSamba St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, Palm Jumeriah, Sat Oct 29 9pm till late, prices start at Dhs2,000 per table, minimum spend of Dhs4,00 for up to 6 people. Tel: (0)4 278 4888, sushisamba.com, @sushisambadubai
Swissotel Al Ghurair
This ghoul-icious brunch spread is one for the whole family to enjoy. Parents can enjoy drinks such as vampire punch paired with a fantastic menu with speciality Mexican and Brazilian foods. While the little ones can enjoy an assortment of activities including a ‘Trick or Treat’ around the hotel.
Liwan, Swissotel Al Ghurair, Oct 30, 12.30pm to 4pm. Dhs159 for adults, Dhs59 for kids, and children below 6 dine free. Tel: (0)4 293 3270, swissotel-dubai-alghurair.com
Tesoro & Treehouse
Forget Alice in Wonderland, this is Alice in Horrorland. Getting freaky this Halloween, and… be careful with what you eat else you might end up shrinking. Indulge warily in an incredible four-course meal with unlimited drinks. Those dressed in their Saturday scariest will stand the chance to win prizes, too.
Alice in Horrorland, Secret Wonderland Brunch, Tesoro & Treehouse, Taj Dubai, Sat Oct 29, brunch 1pm to 4.30pm, afterparty 4.30pm to 8pm. Dhs349 soft, Dhs449 house, Dhs549 sparkling, afterparty Dhs150 for four select drinks. Book here.
Based on the psychological horror movie turned video game, Silent Hill, Virgin Izakaya is transforming their venue into the eerie series. That means a place where reality gives way to other dimensions. Throughout the evening you will be greeted by other-worldly creatures while you enjoy a fully inclusive Halloween brunch. Stand the chance to win prizes when you dress in you scariest and most entertaining costumes.
Virgin Izakaya, Blue Waters, Sat Oct 29, 8pm to 11pm, after party 11pm to 2am. Dhs399 house drinks and access to after party, Dhs299 house, Dhs199 three drinks and afterparty access. Tel: (0)4 589 8689, @virgin.izakaya.dubai, virginizakaya.com
There are a few horror films being released onto the circuit during the month of October. Halloween Ends, featuring Jamie Lee Curtis and Will Patton will be released Thursday, October 13 – this will be the final instalment of the spine-chilling franchise. You can also catch Prey for the Devil featuring Colin Salmon and Ben Cross, which is set to be released on Thursday, October 27.
Book your tickets here.
The ultimate Carn-evil experience is coming to Wavehouse. We’re talking stilt walkers, contortionists, blood-curdling cocktails, freakishly hot hellfire wings, and caramel apples. The whole shebang. Guests are invited to dress up for a costume competition every Saturday. Scary face painters, and jack-o-lantern carving stations to get you into the Halloween spirit.
Wavehouse, Atlantis the Palm, Fri Oct 28 to Sun Nov 6, daily from midday to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 4256 2626, atlantis.com
This Halloween, take our little one down to Wingstop and if they are dressed up in their spookiest halloween outfits and they will avail a free kids meal. The offer is vailid all all the branches except Dubai Marina and IMG World of Adventure and will take place from October 29 to 31.
Wingstop, various locations across Dubai. wingstop.ae
Weslodge Saloon – City Walk
Weslodge is becoming a certified Halloween hangout spot this October with cookie decorating classes for the little ones to partake in. Kids aged four to 12 can ice freshly baked cookies with help from one of the Weslodge chefs. Adults can relax at the restaurant while the kiddies have fun decorating spooky cookies.
Weslodge Saloon – JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Get dressed in your most ghoulish costume and sip some cocktails at this night brunch. The festivities kick off from 7pm to 10pm on Friday, October 28. There’s a day brunch the next day from 1pm to 4pm, and a post-brunch party from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriot Marquis, Business Bay, Oct 28 7pm to 10pm, Oct 29, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 for soft drinks, Dhs395 for house beverages, Dhs445 for prosecco. Tel: (0)4 350 9288, weslodge.ae, @weslodgedubai
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