The spookiest time of the year is upon us and Dubai is ready to celebrate Halloween. This year we’ve rounded-up some hauntingly good ways for you to enjoy Halloween weekend, from theme park fright nights to family brunches and ghoulish dining.
Thursday 29 October
Celebrate a Spooktacular Halloween at The H Bar, H Hotel:
Wear your spookiest outfit and celebrate the scariest season of the year while indulging in special Halloween inspired food and cocktails, plus the chance to win one-night stay at The H Dubai inclusive of breakfast for two. The H Bar will be offering an inventive range of spine-tingling drinks starting at AED 52, perfectly paired with spooky-themed sharing platters s from AED 90. Spooktacular fans can enjoy two complimentary Halloween themed cocktails with each platter bought.
GO: Call (0)4 501 8620 for reservations and more information.
Dubai’s Largest Pumpkin Patch at Town Square Dubai By Nshama:
Town Square Dubai by Nshama is set to celebrate Halloween with Dubai’s largest Pumpkin Patch. Measuring up to an astounding 1,000 square feet, the Pumpkin Patch will take over the Town Square Dubai Main Park, which serves as the hub of the community, with entry free for all! Plus, there will be a series of Halloween inspired acts with jugglers and acrobats over the Halloween weekend, perfect for keeping the entire family entertained. Visitors can get their fix of seasonal flavours and savour the rich tastes of pumpkin-spiced lattes on site from the newly opened Caya Café.
GO: Visit www.nshama.ae for reservations and more information.
Fright Nights at MOTIONGATE Dubai:
MOTIONGATE Dubai’s notorious Halloween Fright Nights are back, and the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park will transform into a place right out of your darkest nightmares. From 2pm to 8pm, there will be a live horror show at the park’s Hollywood Theater featuring a 20-minute chronicle about the grim story of The Collector, and his epic fight with the Hollowheart Beast. There will also be a petrifying horror maze at The Underworld, which invites guests who dare, to join a secret society formed by The Collector, to capture an elusive creature that hides in the old cursed crypt. In addition to the live horror experiences, MOTIONGATE Dubai will also be offering child-friendly ‘not-so-spooky’ Halloween festivities, so the little ones don’t miss out on the fun, including photo opportunities with Halloween characters, a Halloween candy grab, and live Halloween appearances in key zones across the park. There will also be secret judges roaming the park on the look-out for the best and the wackiest Halloween costumes, with exciting prizes to give away to the best dressed.
GO: Visit www.dubaiparksandresorts.com for reservations and more information.
Have a spooktacular Halloween with Magnolia Bakery:
This Halloween, Magnolia Bakery is bringing back their limited edition range of spooky treats that are perfect for kids and adults. There is a choice of homemade cakes with freakishly delicious designs, all topped with Magnolia’s signature buttercream, making them the ideal sweet treats for Halloween this year. The limited-edition range will be in stores and available for delivery from 21 October to 31 October, with a choice of eyeball cupcakes, eerie ghost meringues and ‘monster decorated cakes. Prices start from AED 21 for a cupcake or AED 164 for a customised Halloween cake,
GO: Visit Magnolia Bakery Cafe (Dubai Festival City Mall, The Dubai Mall), The Galleria Mall, and Palm Jumeirah) for more information.
Keep your eyes peeled at Fuchsia Urban Thai, Bay Square:
Fuchsia Urban Thai is joining in on the fun this Halloween with the creation of their limited-edition spooky dim sum shaped like eyes! The spooky Dim Sum is filled with chicken and spring onion and served on a plate with for pieces, perfect as a light bite to fuel a fun-filled Halloween, for only AED 34 per portion.
GO: Visit www.fuchsiame.com for reservations and more information.
Spook-tacular Halloween Brunch at Mr. Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel:
Mr Miyagi’s is creepin’ it real this Halloween, and the Miyagi’s superstars will be getting spooked up with the addition of un-boo-lievable songs being added to their already wicked playlist. Till death do us party! Inside the House of Horrors, it’s all frightful delights throughout the night. Rise to the spooky occasion and be the next ‘Serial Thriller’! There’s a grand prize up for grabs worth AED 700 for the best Halloween costume. Thursday 29 October from 8pm to 11pm. AED 249 (house beverages) and AED 299 (sparkling).
GO: Call (0)4 420 7489 for reservations and more information.
Victorian Horror Wedding’ Brunch at The London Project:
Guests attending the ‘Victorian Horror Wedding’, will journey back to the infamous streets of the 19th century, East End of London. Trick or treat your way through the crooked, cobbled alleyways of Whitechapel and indulge in bloody-thirsty bevvies. Feast on sharing starters of buttermilk fried chicken and terrifyingly good flatbreads. For the main event, wedding guests can choose from a selection of delectable dishes, including signature British fish and chips to mushroom linguine. For the sweetest of endings, the cherry cheesecake or the famous Queen Victoria chocolate torte will hit just the spot! Wedding attire is crucial, as the most drop-dead gorgeous couple will be crowned ‘best dressed’ and will receive The London Project’s ‘Victorian Horror Wedding’ brunch for free. Thursday 29 October, from 8pm to 11pm. AED 299 (soft beverages), AED 399 (house beverages) and AED 499 (bubbly).
GO: Call (0)56 913 4699 for reservations and more information.
WHITE Beach’s NIGHTDREAMERS’ Nightmare’ Edition, Atlantis The Palm:
On Thursday 29 October, WHITE Beach is kicking off Halloween celebrations with NIGHTDREAMERS’ Nightmare’ edition. Taking place from 8pm to 11pm, WHITE Beach will deliver the ultimate freak-fest, with a nightmarish bar and décor set to scare. Beachgoers are also invited to dress up in their most terrifying attire and be prepared to feast for four hours on unlimited food, beverages and cocktails for just AED 250 for ladies and AED 300 for gents.
GO: Call (0)4 426 2626 for reservations and more information.
Friday 30 October
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar Halloween Family Brunch, Atlantis The Palm:
The famous family brunch at Bread Street Kitchen will be receiving a Halloween twist with ghostly decor, live entertainment and a competition. Families are invited to wear their spookiest outfit with the best-dressed table winning a stay at Atlantis, The Palm. Guests can expect to enjoy Bread Street Kitchen favourites, alongside a selection of spooky treats. A special themed masterclass and an array of goodies will keep the little ones busy while parents make the most of the devilishly delicious British cuisine. 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 385 (house beverages) and AED 135 (children aged 4 to 11).
GO: Call (0)4 426 2626 for reservations and more information.
Bridgewater Tavern’s Spooky Backyard, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai:
Join Bridgewater Tavern’s Spooky Backyard for a fun-filled afternoon in a laid-back environment with platters of hearty comfort food and free-flowing beverages. Make sure you do not miss out on the spooky games! Friday 30 October from 1pm until 4pm. AED 195 (soft beverages) and AED 360 (house beverages).
GO: Call (0)4 414 6339 for reservations and more information.
Cabana Drunch at 3in1, Vida Downtown:
Choose to spend your night in one of the haunted cabanas for a Drunch at 3in1. Relish in delicious free-flowing Halloween-inspired bites and spooky beverages. From flying starters such as Vietnamese shrimp rolls and seafood platters to scary mains, such as the midnight Dark burger? Still not convinced, then try the grilled Australian bloody tenderloin! For dessert, there will be skull cake and red velvet eyeballs, Halloween pie, chocolate cake and pumpkin mousse. Friday 30 October from 6pm to 9pm. AED 199 (soft beverages) and AED 329 (house beverages).
GO: Call (0)4 428 6888 for reservations and more information.
Freaky Friday Brunch at Distillery Gastropub:
Distillery’s ‘hallo-weekend’ will see the venue decked out in haunted house-inspired décor, offer up scary surprises and prizes for those dressed in the most terrifying costumes. The Freaky Friday Brunch kick-starts the ghoulish fun, inviting diners to enjoy a three-course menu paired with unlimited drinks. From the menu, starters of four cheese truffle brisket poutine with peppercorn gravy, tuna tartare, popcorn prawns with kimchi slaw, cauliflower bites, or a pound of wings will be served. Followed by mains including ‘prawnstar’ garlic prawn tacos, butter your bird butter chicken curry, and Distillery’s signature big ‘D’ burger. For dessert, there’s a choice of NY cheesecake and double trouble mousse – not forgetting sides of traditional trick or treat candy. Over at the bar, find bartenders mixing up Halloween-themed cocktails such as the ‘Bloody Bloody Mary’, ‘Grave Digger’, ‘Devil’s Margarita’, and the ‘Soul Taker’. Friday 30 October from 1pm to 4pm. AED 149 (soft beverages), AED279 (house beverages) and or AED 549 (sparkling).
GO: Call (0)54 998 2003 for reservations and more information.
Get locked into Vault, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai:
Get out of your pyjamas and throw on your most elegant party attire and get locked into the Vault. Dubai’s sophisticated bar at the tallest five-star hotel in the world invites you to a lavish lockdown-inspired celebration in lofty heights. Stay safe and social distance with live beats from international DJs, while you take in panoramic skyline views. Friday, 30 October from 4pm to 3am.
GO: Call (0)4 414 6339 for reservations and more information.
Ghoulish Garden Brunch at McGettigan’s JLT:
Guests can trick or treat themselves to unlimited food and blood-thirsty beverages between 1pm and 4pm for an eerily good price of AED 249. Feast on the pub’s delicious array of international Irish-inspired food and stay entertained as the live-band and DJ keep the party going all day. More of a night-owl? Between the hours of 5pm and 8pm, guests can experience the Irish pub’s spooktacular Halloween Drunch Pay just AED 199 and stay on for even more banging tunes, beverages and a spooky speakeasy photo booth pop up! Dress in Halloween-inspired festive outfits and get the chance to win a range of exciting prizes including an AED 1,000 bar tab!
GO: Call (0)4 356 0470 for reservations and more information.
Snorkel with piranhas at The Green Planet:
To celebrate Halloween, the indoor rainforest located in CityWalk is offering the bravest of visitors the opportunity to snorkel with piranhas! Teaming up with Al Boom Dive Center, The Green Planet have created the first experience of its kind in the region and a chance to swim with the freshwater inhabitants of South America’s rivers and their ‘man-eating’ reputation! The Snorkel with the Piranhas encounter will take adventurers up close and personal with one of the rainforest’s most fascinating species. The experience costs AED 330, and guests will don a wet suit and go behind the scenes to the ‘meat kitchen’ while receiving a full brief from an expert biologist, followed by a back of house tour. Adding to the thrill, the experience will take place during the daily piranha feeding frenzy from 4pm to 5pm. Snorkelers will feed and learn about multiple species, before taking the plunge, where they will witness over 1,000 of the notorious fish devour full chickens and turkeys, before being lowered into the tank! The once in a lifetime experience is open to anyone over the age of six and feels confident swimming.
GO: Visit www.thegreenplanetdubai.com for reservations and more information.
Spook-tacular Halloween Family Brunch at Reform:
If you’re looking to keep the kids entertained this weekend then head down to Reform Social & Grill’s killer family brunch! Their Halloween-special sees hours of live entertainment throughout the afternoon, prizes for the best costume and a kids’ corner with pumpkin painting and messy play. All of your Reform favourites are on the menu for you to tuck into too! Saturday 31 October, from 12pm to 5pm. AED 225 (soft beverages), AED 325 (house beverages), AED 375 (premium beverages).
GO: Call (0)4 454 2638 for reservations and more information.
The Playhouse Brunch at Liwan, Swissôtel Al Ghurair:
Celebrating the spookiest time of the year as Swissôtel Al Ghurair’s child-friendly brunch transforms into a wonderland of thrilling adventures at Liwan. Kids will be thrilled to discover the Playhouse Brunch like never before and step into a world of adventures in a spooky Little Explorer’s area with a personalised passport received at the door to trace their explorations. 30 October, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 160 per person and AED 80for children aged six to 12,
GO: Call (0)4 293 3270 for reservations and more information.
The Spooky Family Brunch at LARTE, Studio One Hotel
Enjoyed themed food and beverages with Halloween cocktails, spooky pizzas for the little ones and a terrifying brunch menu. Kids below 12 eat for free and can enjoy a Halloween movie marathon in the Studio One’s screening room from 12pm to 2.30pm where they’ll be screening Halloween movies including Monster House, The Adams Family and Goosebumps!
They’re also giving away AED 3,000 in prizes for the best costumes (prize money can be used in LARTE or Studio One – on food, beverages, stays & screening room).
GO: Call (0)4 581 6870 for reservations and more information.
Tokyo Terror at KYO – The Pointe:
Encounter the Geisha of Death this Halloween as KYO brings the Tokyo Terror to town. Trick yourself with the chilling décor or treat yourself to a spook-filled night of mysteriously delectable bites and seemingly gruesome yet appetising concoctions. Don’t forget your spookiest outfit, for the best costumes shall each walk away with a free unlimited Saturday Brunch until the end of the year. Friday, 30 October from 7pm to midnight. AED 395 (soft beverages), AED 495 (house beverages) and AED 595 (sparkling).
GO: Call (0)4 557 5182 for reservations and more information.
Wanderlust Brunch: Halloween Mask-erade at JW Marriott Marquis:
Facemasks have become the most notorious fashion icon of 2020 and this Halloween head to the Wanderlust Brunch with your most impressive mask and get ready to celebrate at Dubai’s popular party brunch! Enjoy an afternoon of free-flowing beverages, live entertainment and upbeat tunes. Friday, 30 October from 1pm until 4pm. AED 425 (house beverages).
GO: Call (0)4 414 0000 for reservations and more information.
Saturday 31 October
Cirque d’Cove at Cove Beach:
Cove Beach is set to transform into ‘Cirque d’Cove’ with a spooktacular bash for Halloween. The fang-tastic activations and circus-themed party will feature fire-breathers, zombies, and acrobats putting on their spookiest performances, while the resident DJ hits the deck with the most sinister tunes from 12pm until late in the night. Partygoers are encouraged to embrace their inner monsters and dress up in their funkiest costumes, with the best-dressed in with the chance of winning AED 2,000 to spend at Cove Beach. Packages start from AED 199 for drinks only, AED 249 for mocktails and food, and AED 350 for a selection of house beverages and food.
GO: Call (0)50 454 6920 for reservations and more information.
Day of the Dead at TULUM
Enjoy a delicious spooky Mexican fiesta at Tulum in Dubai Mall, Fashion Avenue overlooking the Dubai Fountains. On Saturday 31 October the venue will be hosting their traditional Día de Muertos a few days early. For just AED 190 guests can indulge in unlimited Mexican treats bought straight to the table, including cauliflower dynamite, guacamole, street style corn, cheese fondue, and a selection of tacos. Save room for dessert, as a unique Mexican birdcage filled with indulgent treats will be brought to the table. With the Mariachi band, fountain views and delicious traditional Mexican cuisine, this Halloween is set to be one to remember.
GO: Call (0)4 514 0135 for reservations and more information.
Haunted (Wave)house, Atlantis The Palm:
Dubai’s popular family entertainment destination, Warehouse, will receive a monstrous makeover this Halloween. With spooky surprises at every turn, guests can enjoy blood-curdling beverages and dishes that zombies would give up their brains for. At 6pm prizes will be given out to those in the best costume, including a weekend stay at Atlantis, The Palm, a sea lion family experience, and an iPhone 11. All of the usual fun, including bowling, gaming and Surf’s Up Waverider will be available, as well as live music and a DJ.
GO: Call (0)4 426 2626 for reservations and more information.
Hula-ween Brunch at Trader Vic’s JBR:
Trader Vic’s, located in the heart of the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, is inviting ghouls and gals around the city to celebrate “Hulaween.” Devilishly good brunch dishes will be brought to the tables, with starters including the famous cheeseballs, crab Rangoon and the tama tama Skewer. For the main course, patrons can choose between the Kung Pao Chicken, vegetarian stir fry noodles, Masamman beef curry, or have it all together! To finish on a sweet note dare to dive into Trader Vic’s sweet platter including passion fruit cheesecake, chocolate espresso eclair, lemongrass crème brûlée and coconut mango sago pudding. Guests are invited to come in their “trick or tiki” costumes, as the best-dressed of the day will win a ‘Cheeky Tiki Brunch for two’. Saturday 31 October from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 399 per person, including premium beverages.
GO: Call (0)4 318 2319 for reservations and more information.
No tricks, only treats at Clinton St. Baking Company, CityWalk:
Clinton St. Baking Company is painting the town orange and black this spooky season. From Halloween-themed cakes to pumpkin pies decorated in spider web icing and mini cupcakes in orange and black, the New York specialist bakery and restaurant are all set to fulfil every craving one can think of this Halloween.
GO: Call (0)4 344 0705 for reservations and more information.
Spooky Pool Party at Meliã Desert Palm Dubai:
Celebrate Halloween with a twist at boutique polo resort, Meliã Desert Palm Dubai. Pack your swimwear and bring your loved ones along for a pool party, complete with strict social distancing measures. The retreat’s brasserie, Epicure, is located on the poolside and will be abuzz with spooky décor, delicious food and party vibes. Guests can come dressed in their Halloween best or enjoy a lazy pool day. The restaurant will serve a family-style brunch including fresh salads, yummy bites and hearty mains. Caprese bruschetta, avocado salad, four-hour slow-braised beef with vegetables, potato gnocchi with mushroom cream and pan-seared hammour with Brussel sprouts will be some of the dishes available on the menu. The highlight of the day will be the indulgent Halloween-themed desserts such as monster cookies, witch hat brownie pops and deviled eyes chocolate mousse along with cupcakes and macarons. Saturday 31 October from 1pm to 4pm. AED 149 (soft beverages), AED 249 (house beverages) and 50% off for children aged 3 to 11 years.
GO: Call (0)4 602 9323 for reservations and more information.
YELLOWEEN at CÉ LA VI Dubai
Enjoy a delicious four-course set menu curated by Chef Howard Ko this Halloween, as you overlook the gorgeous downtown views, whilst sipping on bubbles. This year, CÉ LA VI is offering three hours of delicious food and unlimited beverages, to celebrate in style. If guests come dressed in spooky costumes, they will get an extra hour completely free. The famous terrace swing will be given a spooky makeover to ensure guests get the perfect Instagram snap! Saturday 31 October. AED 595 for three hours, guests can choose the time between 12pm and midnight.
GO: Call (0)4 5826 111 for reservations and more information.
Sunday 1 November 2020:
Celebrate Day of the Dead at El Chapo’s:
Gather with family and friends to celebrate Dia De Muertos at El Chapo’s Tacos, where loved ones are remembered, honoured and celebrated. This celebration includes traditional dishes such as tamal, a corn masa cake with chicken and Pan de Muertos, a sweet brioche baked specifically for this occasion. This mex-cellent three-course menu, alongside two hours unlimited drinks are perfectly packaged for AED 149 per person.
GO: Call (0)4 514 5411 for reservations and more information.