Halloween 2018: Things to do in Dubai, from fright nights to themed menus and chilling evenings out
Whether you're the type of person that counts down the year for Halloween or not, there's plenty of fun to be had for everyone come October 31 in Dubai, horror fanatics and yellow-bellied folk alike.
With special events such as one-off fright nights to our favourite establishments putting on a show, the hardest thing will be deciding where to get your fearful kicks.
To help you along in your decision we've rounded up a list of the horrifying happenings in the city. Either that or we've just made it much, much harder for you to settle on a spooky setting in which to celebrate.
The Smash Room
Want to smash things up in fancy dress? Silly question. Head to the (aptly named) Smash Room and spend the evening putting your destructive mode into overdrive. But in order to do so, you'll have to make your way through a maze of all your worst nightmare. Smashing stuff.
Details: Until November 3. Halloween Package is 99 AED with 10% off if you come in a Halloween costume.
Address: Umm Suquim Street, Al Quoz Industrial 4.
The Lucky Horror House: From Dusk Till Dawn
We never need an excuse to head down to Lucky Voice, but if we did, this would be it. For the big day, the karaoke joint is putting on a special night taking inspiration from Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk to Dawn. Dress to distress and you could be in with a chance of winning AED2,000, and ladies get four free beverages from 8pm.
Details: October 31, 8pm-3am.
Address: Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Hotel.
We're not going to pretend we understand the desire to stumble around lost in place themed like the twisted, blood-hungry film franchise, but we know there are plenty of gore lovers out there who wouldn't give this a miss. In addition to the Saw Maze, the park will have two additional scare zones.
Details: Until November 2. From AED175.
Address: Motiongate Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Riverland Trick or Treat
Theme park Riverland is hosting the biggest family celebration, with 50,000 free sweets (not per person, yeh?) ready to be handed out. Because for some of us — children and big kids alike — the festivities are mostly about eating sweets. Prizes for the best-dressed family, child, and adult will be awarded, too.
Details: October 30 - November 3, Free entry
Address: Sheikh Zayed Road
Nezesaussi Grill Downtown
One for the whole family, delectable food is served alongside frightful games and fancy dress competitions, including tickets to the Dubai Rugby Sevens. Guests can gulp down a complimentary themed drink upon arrival and little ones will eat for free if they arrive in a costume.
Details: October 31, 6-9pm. AED 249 for two people includes two main courses and house beverages.
Address: Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard.
Hollywood Horror Show
Dinner, dancers, a DJ and additional free-flowing drinks will make a night on the QE2 the perfect ghost ship experience. Your favourite horror movie scenes be played alongside eerie dance acts, and fancy dress is mandatory, so don't leave your Scream mask at home. Even if it might complicate things when it comes to eating.
Details: On November 1-3. From AED495, with an extra AED200 to stay the night on the ship.
Address: Queen Elizabeth 2, Mina Rashid.
There's a whole host of haunted happenings at the venue this week. Taking inspiration from The Dark Knight, everything is Gotham City in theme. Think creepy decor galore, grizzly games with amazing prizes and plenty of drink offers. Count (Dracula) us in.
Details: October 31, 10pm-3am. Free drinks from 10-11, with unlimited drinks for ladies all evening.
Address: Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront Hotel, Dubai
The Tap House
If you can't be bothered to dig out your costume this year, let your meal do the fancy dress for you. The Tap House is paying a nod to the occasion with a special Monster Burger with a black bun to up the spook. One for the gram before you guzzle down.
Address: Club Vista Mare, Dubai
Everyone's favourite Irish pub (outside of actual Ireland, of course) is putting on a bat-crazy bash. McGettigan's is bringing the Halloween-themed beverages and bites, and party-goers are expected to turn up in the most blood-curdling costume they can muster.
Details: October 31 and November 1st, from 7pm.
Address: McGettigan's JBR
GymNation's No Tricks Just Treats
More about the bootcamp than bar life? Fret not as you can get your fill of chills this Halloween, too. Getting into the ghostly spirit of things, GymNation is hosting creepy classes, and you can bring a fellow fitness freak friend for free if they don a deathly attire, too. Prizes are also up for grabs.
Details: October 31, various classes
Address: ETA Star Building, Sheikh Zayed Road
Hospital of Horrors, Lock, Stock & Barrel
A theme within a theme is the type of party we like. This year the bar is boasting a medical-themed fright night of fun, with make-up artists from Rimmel on hand to help spook up your look. With AED5000 at stake, the fancy dress game here is no joke. Be warned.
Details: November 2, from 7pm.
Address: Lock, Stock & Barrell, Barsha Heights
Burger and Lobster
Go low key with your Halloween celebrations with a subtly themed dinner. Burger and Lobster are preparing dishes
like the Mayfair Burger and Mini Lobster Rolls with a special spooky twist. Oh, and there will a creamy pumpkin soup to tie with the festivities.
Details: AED75 per person.
Address: Burj Daman Building, 312 Al Sa'ada St
Day of the Dead at Luchador
The eatery is commending the Mexican holiday with a themed brunch this year, Live music, face painting, and flamboyant costumes compliment the traditional cuisine dishes we've come to love at the venue alongside the sensational views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline.
Details: November 2, 12pm-4pm. From AED195.
Address: East Crescent - Dubai
Fan of the film franchise or general fans of all things pirate related, this downtown joint is putting on a Pirates of the Caribbean themed bash to celebrate Halloween this year. Think a delectable menu, themed drinks, and of course Ting Irie’s resident DJ delivering on reggae and dancehall classics to get everything afloat.
Details: November 1, AED 175 per person for food, drinks from AED60.
Address: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.
The Peruvian restaurant is putting on a colourful Halloween celebration this year. The venue will be suitably adorned with themed decor, and diners can trick-or-treat themselves to complimentary face painting as a live Latin American band gets the party started. Don't forget the free drinks for ladies (with many more on offer) and a specially crafted menu, too.
Details: October 31, 8-12pm. Five course ‘Deathly Menu’ for AED 220.
Address: The Courtyard, City Walk.
Halloween Horror Fest, Reel Cinemas
If Halloween to you is all about gorging on horror films, here's where you need to be. Reel cinemas are hosting a special scary movie festival. Movies on show include recent hits such as Halloween, Jigsaw, The Nun and A Quiet Place.
Details: Until October 31, AED45.
Address: Rove Downtown