Get spooked: Where to celebrate Halloween in Abu Dhabi

Time to get your spook on…

Get ready to look your ghoulish best because its nearly the end of October, and that means that Halloween is nearly upon us. There are already a lot of events announced, so get out your calendars, and get to booking.

Here are the best Halloween events in Abu Dhabi this year. 

Casa De Cuba

When: Thursday October 31 and Friday November 1

Creep it real with Casa De Cuba’s two-days of spook-tacular Halloween celebrations. On Thursday October 31, creep into the weekend with Candypants Halloween Brunch, a four course menu with free flowing beverages priced at Dhs299 from 8pm to 11pm. Then on Friday November 1, it’s a ‘Day of the Dead’ themed evening brunch from 6pm to 9pm, with four courses and three hours of drinks priced at Dhs299. From 9pm onwards, their weekly event Tropicana Sessions will welcome Halloween headliner and former Space Ibiza resident, Jonathan Ulysses.

Casa De Cuba, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Thursday October 31 and Friday November 1, packages from Dhs299. Tel: (056) 7427435. @casadecuba

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

When: Thursday October 31, 2019

Abu Dhabi Golf Club is throwing a ghoulish party from 7pm until midnight on Halloween. Your entertainment for the night will a live band called ‘Exit Strategy’ and there will be cash prizes for the best dressed. There are three cash prizes which will see the best family photo winning Dhs8000, and the best dress female and best dressed male who will win Dhs6000 each. Tickets cost Dhs150 per person for adults and includes two beverages, and it’s Dhs85 for children aged 5 to 12. Get the VIP package for Dhs1500 and you can get a table for five plus a bucket of hops, a bottle of premium spirits, and a dedicated butler.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to midnight on Oct 31, Dhs150 per person inclusive of two beverages, Dhs85 for children ages 5 to 12, Tel: (02) 885 3555, adgolfclub.com

Texas de Brazil

When: Thursday October 31, 2019

Want to win a free meal and a 25 per cent voucher to use on your next visit at authentic Brazilian-American Steakhouse, Texas de Bazil? Head down to YAS Mall dressed in your best Halloween costume and you can win just that. You need to be dining in the restaurant to be applicable to win and the competition will run from 1pm to 5pm on Thursday October 31. The churrascaria restaurant serves up a variety of meat cuts made and served by skilled Gauchos, scrumptious desserts and to help wash it all down – a wide selection of specialty mocktails.

Texas de Brazil, Ground floor, Yas Mall, 1pm to 5pm on Oct 31, Tel: (02) 563 1424, facebook.com/TDBMiddleEast

Coya Abu Dhabi

When: Wednesday October 23, 2019

COYA in Abu Dhabi is renowned for throwing lavish parties, and will this year celebrate Halloween on Wednesday October 23. The What’s On Award winning venue will be transformed into an immersive Halloween haven complete with totems, shrines, potions, and melted candles. There will be mesmerising live performances, talented percussionists, and rhythmic beats from COYA’s resident DJ and guests are encouraged to dress up in a mystical-inspired costume in keeping with the supernatural Latin American theme. It’s free to enter but the minimum spend is Dhs1000 for high tables in the Pisco Bar & Lounge and Dhs4000 per table for the lounge table and terrace tables.

COYA Abu Dhabi, Four Seasons Hotel, The Galleria, Abu Dhabi, Oct 23, Tel: (02) 306 7000, coyarestaurant.com 

Black Tap

When: Wednesday October 30 t0 Sunday November 3, 2019

In true Black Tap style, the popular NYC craft burger and shakes brand is celebrating Halloween with the release of a wicked crazy shake. Called the Halloween CrazyShake, the creation will be chocolate-based with a vanilla frosted rim, studded with traditional candy corn,and topped with a chocolate spider web cupcake, orange rock candy, an orange and white twisty pop, whipped cream, orange sprinkles and chocolate drizzle. The shake is priced at Dhs62 and will be available at Black Tap at Yas Mall from Wednesday October 30 to Sunday November 3, 2019.

Black Tap, Yas Mall Cascade Dining section – ground floor, Dhs62, from Oct 30 t0 Nov 3, 2019, Tel: (02) 446 5128 blacktapme.com

Al Maryah Island

When: Thursday October 24 and Friday October 25, 2019

Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi is bringing back its annual Halloween Festival this year, taking place on Thursday October 24 and Friday October 25, 2019. The event will see the entire Promenade transformed into a scary village filled with spooky characters and tonnes of entertainment. Bring the little ones dressed up in their All Hallows’ Eve best, and come hungry as you will be able to indulge in charcoal ice cream, crepes, churros, burgers, pumpkin flavoured desserts, and seasonal drinks from the food trucks. There’s activities and workshops such as mummy jar making, slime making and prizes to be won for the best costumes. Several live shows will also be taking place, as well as fun-fair games like spin the wheel and ghost ship racing. You can even trick or treat at the mall, so keep your eye open for pumpkins outside retail stores.

The Halloween Festival, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 10pm on Oct 24 and Oct 25, almaryahisland.ae

Anantara Eastern Mangroves

When: Thursday October 31 and Friday November 1, 2019

The gorgeous Anantara Eastern Mangroves are really getting into the Halloween spirit this year and are hosting a whopping three events to celebrate the occasion. On the night of Halloween, Thursday October 31, head to the Halloween Latin BBQ Party where you can spend a night chilling by the Pool Deck while enjoying the hotel’s Thursday BBQ Nights with Latin-inspired cuisines. Come in your spooky best, and be entertained by performers, animators, and a live DJ. It will cost you Dhs225 for the soft package, and Dhs325 for the house package and the party starts at 7pm until midnight.

Alternatively, Impressions Rooftop Bar is also holding a vibrant spooky party on Thursday October 31. For two hours starting from 8pm, enjoy unlimited servings of canapes, crudites, and finger food alongside a selection of drinks for just Dhs99. There will be live performers and a live DJ to keep you entertained.

Lastly, on Friday November 1, the hotel is hosting a Halloween themed brunch at Ingredients, which the whole family can enjoy. The brunch will run from 12.30pm to 4pm and will feature Halloween-themed dishes just waiting to devoured. The soft package will cost you Dhs276 per person, and it’s Dhs389 for house drinks.

Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, Al Kheeran Abu Dhabi, Tel: (02) 656 1000, anantara.com 

Mr Miyagi’s

When: Thursday October 31 and Friday November 1, 2019

Mr Miyagi is hosting a Halloween edition of it’s popular wok & roll brunch. Aptly named ‘Halloween Boos Brunch’, expect three hours of cocktails all spooked up to suit the setting, Halloween Thai buckets and other classics all served up alongside five rounds of Asian dishes. Budding singers can also have a go at the karaoke machine, where a number of spooky tunes have been added to an already thrilling playlist. Speaking of thrilling, Mini Miyagi will be on the dance floor getting his Thriller on and will be looking for a dance partner he can challenge. And as a fantastic treat, the restaurant is also throwing in free race weekend passes with three free drinks to be redeemed over the weekend to all those who attend.

Mr Miyagi’s, Yas Marina, Tel: (02) 406 2000. 8pm on Oct 31 and 2pm or 7pm on Nov 1, yasmarina.ae/mrmiyagis

Elements Brunch

When: Friday November 1, 2019

Elements brunch is pulling out all stops for a spook-tastic scene on Friday November 1. Elements Brunch comes inclusive of pool access while children dine free. Encourage the little ones to dress in their best costumes and enjoy live entertainment, trick or treating and more.

Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, November 1, Friday 1pm to 4pm, packages from Dhs245 (two children are free for every two paying adults.) Book your tickets here.

Waves Bar

When: Thursday October 31, 2019

It’s going to be a fun-filled Halloween treat at Waves Bar. This newly-opened bar located at Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan is hosting a spooky party with live music. Dress to impress – or distress – for a chance to win prizes. There are two special Halloween packages: Dhs150 for unlimited hops and grapes; or Dhs220 for unlimited hops, grape and cocktails

Waves Bar, Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Thursday October 31, packages from Dhs150. Tel: (02) 5016088. @waves_abudhabi

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