All treats, no tricks
How will you be celebrating Halloween this year? October 31 in Dubai has everything from costume parties to themed dinners, with a few unexpected treats along the way. If you still need a few ideas, check out the list below:
The zombie-themed one
Atlantis, The Palm is hosting a Zombieland Halloween party on October 31, which promises to be its biggest yet. Taking place on a custom-built deck by the water, with DJ Chuckie and others providing the tunes, prizes will be given for the best zombie outfits (but no masks covering the face, please). Free entry to ladies before 9pm, AED100 for advance tickets, or AED150 on the door. Call 04 426 1166.
The beach party one
Barasti is using October 31 to launch its new Sandrox beach sessions, starting at 9pm, with a midnight DJ and percussion show from special guests Warrior Grooves, known for their tribal-inspired LED outfits. Resident DJs Greg Stainer and Tom Ferguson will also be on-hand, and guests are invited to wear their scariest costumes. Entry is free, with drinks prizes up for grabs. Call 04 318 1313.
The rooftop one
While Phantom of the Opera continues to impress at Dubai Opera, The Loft, based at the same location, is hosting a Halloween party themed around the show. The action at this spectacular open rooftop space begins at 9pm – it’s AED299 for unlimited drinks until midnight, or AED398 until 2am, with special gourmet dishes for AED50 each, and a bottle of bubbly to the best costume. Call 04 362 7312.
The desert dinner one
Roughly an hour’s drive from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is celebrating Halloween at its Al Sarab rooftop lounge and restaurant, decked out in spooky decorations. Guests are invited to wear their scariest costumes, with Halloween dishes and drinks for all ages, and music until 1am. A minimum spend of AED185 is required for non-residence guests. Call 04 809 6194.
The Halloween parade and scary movies one
The waterfront complex by Jumeriah Beach Residence known as The Beach has several activities this Halloween. There is a parade starting at 5pm, making its way from The Beach to Bluewaters, with fun activities for kids too – this also takes place on Friday and Saturday. Then for adults, try the Stephen King marathon from 11pm at Roxy Cinemas, showing It, It: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary.
The action-packed adrenaline one
Last Exit AUH Bound has chosen October 31 as the day to open its new Action Park. The post-apocalyptic pit-stop and food-truck haunt, just outside Dubai on the E11 highway towards Abu Dhabi, is getting a paintball park, an upside-down house and a branch of The Smash Room, allowing you to take out your frustrations on everyday items with a baseball bat or sledgehammer. More attractions will open soon.