Best Places To Celebrate Halloween Party In Dubai 2023
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.
Top 17 Places For Halloween Parties in Dubai
Halloween is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited. The spooky event brings people together from all backgrounds to indulge in fun filled activities. Last year, Halloween didn’t exactly go as planned due to pandemic restrictions, but with restrictions easing this year, we expect Halloween get-togethers to be in full swing. In this blog, we look at some fun-filled activities to indulge in during the festive period.
|1. The Green Planet||2. Wavehouse||3. H Hotel|
|4. Noir||5. QE2||6. Anantara the Palm|
|7. Barasti||8. Bread Street Kitchen||9. Beau Rivage Bistro|
|10. Bull & Bear||11. Ce La Vi||12. Kyo|
|13. 3 in 1||14. BARE Business Bay||15. Alserkal Avenue|
|16. Tricks, Treats and Treks||17. Distillery|
1. 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).
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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.
3. 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.
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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.
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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 near Dubai Maritime City, 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.
Queen Elizabeth 2 will offer a myriad of spooky activities to visitors. Imagine munching on a fondant cake that resembles a human brain or jelly spiders that look hideous but taste delicious. The luxury ocean liner also features an all-exclusive immersive haunted tour, called the Project Rising Start that takes you through hidden rooms, and spooky passages. The crew and live musicians will also be dressed up for Halloween; while for children, there will be a haunted ghost hall. The ship during Halloween can certainly give the Flying Dutchman a run for its money; and for less than 400 AED per person, you can enjoy the brunch and explore the ghost ship.
6. 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.
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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 near Dubai Marina 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
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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.
13. 3 in 1
Vida Downtown Dubai Area's 3-in-1 is famous for hosting Halloween deals every year, and this year is no exception. Imagine spending a night under the stars inside a haunted cabana – yes! The contemporary restaurant is also offering some exquisite delicacies with a Halloween twist. Expect possessed shrimps, undead chicken, and hellish desserts (all in good fun). The party this year is expected to start around 8p.m and continue till midnight.
14. BARE Business Bay
Sponsored by Nike, BARE is a unique fitness complex located in Business Bay. Like year, the gym is gearing up to put up a Halloween-themed fitness extravaganza this year. Whether it’s your first time to the gym or you’re a regular, the state of the art facility will enable visitors to lose calories to the tunes of Halloween. We are expecting BARE to kick off proceedings with a pre-workout potion, and workshops on healthy living. Moreover, plenty of prizes and souvenirs will be up for grabs.
15. Alserkal Avenue
Billed as the art and culture center of Dubai, Alserkal Avenue will be draped in the colors of Halloween and showcase surreal works by underground artists in the theme of Halloween. The real Halloween bash takes place at The Junction; where storytellers will share spooky tales from around the world; accompanied by scary sound effects and props. While the place is usually free of charge, on Halloween, a 50 AED entry fee will be applied to ages 15 and above.
16. Tricks, Treats and Treks
While a tad unconventional, Sonara, a magical desert camp cum dine in experience, will be hosting a variety of Halloween-inspired activities for its guests. Right in the heart of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on Al Ain- Dubai Road, the eco-friendly desert will serve up attractions such as, pumpkin carving, cupcake making as well as Camelback Trick or Trek; where kids will voyage through the desert, meeting ghouls and spirits with plenty of treats. Scrumptious Arabian and Continental cuisine will also be on offer.
There are very few if any bars in Dubai that can top the high standards set by Distillery. Located in Downtown, the bar will be celebrating the “Hallo-weekend”, like last year and will double the fun – including a haunted house-themed décor and plenty of treats and prizes for guests with the scariest outfits. If last year is anything to go by, the brunch fun will start after noon and continue till midnight. Some notable mentions from the Halloween inspired menu include a four cheese truffle brisket poutine with peppercorn gravy, tuna tartar, garlicky prawn tacos, butter chicken curry with cashewnuts, mushroom risotto, and cheesecake paired with Halloween themed trick or treat desserts. See what they have on offer here: www.distillerydubai.com
Prepare For Halloween Party In Dubai By Getting Your Custumes On
For all the Halloween party-goers, a creepy costume is a must. Thankfully, Dubai has a lot of options from where you can get a Halloween-themed outfit. For a whole range of options, look no further than Party Center. Whether it’s the Killer Clown, Catwoman, Freddie or Leatherface, they have it all; and at a very reasonable price point. Head over to their outlets in Garhoud or Internet City and get your creepy look on. You can view their product line on their website.
If you are looking for something really sinister, checkout Mystique Costumes. Having branches in Al Barsha and Jumeirah, The brand enjoys a positive reputation for providing premium quality costumes for not just Halloween, but a variety of occasions. But for this Halloween, they are introducing some truly sinister outfits. From phantom pirates and witches on a broom to blood thirsty vampires and grim reapers; Mystique Costumes are well-stocked to give you that sinister look you want – albeit at a high price point. You can view the whole range of offering on their website.
With your costumes sorted out, let’s look at some places where you have a memorable Halloween experience.
Some Alternative Ways to Celebrate Halloween In Dubai
If you don’t like to get out of your pajamas or find the idea of spending Halloween outside exhausting, you can be creative and spend Halloween at home with friends and family. The most obvious option is to turn the lights off, call your buddies and watch a horror flick on Netflix. Alternatively, if you are a family man, you can have a Halloween-inspired scavenger hunt, in which you hide candies and prizes in your house and leave Halloween-based clues behind for the kids. It’s a fun way to engage with your kids and enjoy the treats in the end.
Halloween is one of the most anticipated dates in Dubai. Majority of restaurants and attractions offer Halloween-themed evenings where you can partake in a host of activities. Even if you don’t want to go outside, there’s so much that can be done in your own backyard. It’s a question of how creative you want to be.
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