Best Ways to Spend Halloween in Dubai

Written by Arpan Ghosh

This year has had its fair share of frights and chills, but that hasn’t dampened the spirit of the Halloween season. If you are looking for a scare (the good kind), then there are plenty of options for you to explore. Here are the best Halloween celebrations taking place across Dubai.

The Green Planet

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Throughout this month, the famous bio dome and wildlife attraction at City Walk has been sporting a noticeably spooky look with animal skeletons and tombstones featuring extinct animals. They have also launched a brand new experience called ‘Snorkeling with Piranhas’, where brave souls aged 6 and above will have the opportunity to swim with the notoriously carnivorous fish (at a safe distance of 1.5 metres).

Wavehouse

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With a restaurant, terrace and water-based activities, Wavehouse is a complete indoor and outdoor entertainment destination at the Atlantis Resort. This weekend, the complex will take on a seasonally appropriate look and will be hosting a costume contest where you will have the chance to win a free stay at the resort.

H Hotel

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Frightening festivities are taking place this entire week at H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, including themed food and drinks at special prices. Turning up in costume is highly recommended as the best dressed partygoer will win a free hotel stay.

Noir

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The very stylish Noir Bar at the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates already has a theme that embraces the magic of the night, which makes it a perfect fit for Halloween. This weekend, the venue will go for an even darker look and will have a specially themed menu. Be sure to turn up in your most chilling costume but don’t worry too much about make-up - an expert artist will be there on site to give you a perfectly frightful touchup.

QE2

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How would you like to experience horror on the high seas? This weekend Queen Elizabeth 2, the nautical hotel that is permanently docked at Port Rashid, will transform into a ghost ship. There will be a ‘haunted’ play area for children, plus visitors of all ages will be treated to a tour of the haunted bridge.

Anantara the Palm

Swapping out its usual charm and impeccable Thai hospitality for a night full of frights, Anantara will be hosting a special beachside Halloween barbecue this weekend. You will also have the opportunity to win a stay at the resort if your costume creates enough of a stir.

Barasti

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If you want a reason to stay up at night, then head over to the Sleepwalkers even taking place at Barasti over the weekend. Indulge in spooky themed snacks and drinks with live entertainment. There will be prizes for best costume as well, and the more frightening you can make it the better.

Bread Street Kitchen

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Gordon Ramsay’s quintessentially British restaurant at Atlantis the Palm is best known for its lavish and mouthwatering brunch. Expect a more ghoulish twist on it this weekend, complete with frightful decor and live entertainment, along with themed cooking classes for children. The table with the best costumes will win a free hotel stay.

Beau Rivage Bistro

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You just can’t have enough Halloween brunches this weekend. Beau Rivage at the Grand Millennium Hotel is hosting a special brunch as well. Enjoy a sumptuous and spooky spread while enjoying amazing views of the Dubai Water Canal. You can also earn a free staycation for the scariest costume.

Bull & Bear

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This incredibly elegant DIFC restaurant is, appropriately enough, offering a more sophisticated take on the typical Halloween festivities with its ‘Bull of Wall Street’ brunch. Taking inspiration from the award-winning Martin Scorcese film, this party invites guests to dress up in their best 80’s inspired formal attire - think power suits, shoulder pads and copious amounts of hair gel. The best costume wins a stay at the Waldorf Astoria’s exquisite Presidential Suite.

Ce La Vi

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You can enjoy not just one but two Halloween-themed brunches at this incredibly sky-high gastropub. There will be a special brunch on the afternoon of the 30th, as well as a ‘night’ brunch on the special evening itself, featuring a special set menu by culinary master Howard Ko. Dressing up is encouraged if you want to enjoy an extra hour of free drinks.

Kyo

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Modern Japanese cuisine isn’t the only thing that this restaurant at The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah will be serving this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that you don’t come face to face with the Geisha of Death, just one of the spooky delights awaiting guests, along with a themed menu.