1. FRIGHT NIGHTS
It’s a nightmare on every street in Motiongate Dubai. Every weekend until November 3, the Hollywood-inspired theme park is extending its timings to 11pm and will set up zombie scare zones where guests can meet their favourite monsters. The ultimate horror fans can venture into the SAW Maze which is based on the legendary horror film franchise. Only those aged 16 years and above can enter the labyrinth and play a game with the film’s creepy puppet Billy – that should give you an idea of how terrifying the experience is. Meanwhile, little ones and adults (we don’t judge) who don’t want the living daylights scared out of them can enjoy some harmless daytime spooks at the park’s Hotel Transylvania. Meet and greet characters from the beloved animated film, trick or treat, and enjoy face painting, storytelling and pumpkin crafts. Tickets from Dh175 for UAE residents and Dh245 for non-residents at motiongatedubai.com.
2. LAUGH TILL YOU CRY
Swap October’s staple spine-chilling for rib-tickling today at The Laughter Factory’s The Disorganised Chaos Tour. The triple act comedy tour’s last show runs today at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. German stand-up comedian Christian Schulte-Loh, and British comics Mick Terry and Paul Tonkinson will keep the humour dark, twisted and witty enough to leave you in stitches – the good kind. Tickets from Dh150 including at thelaughterfactory.com.
3. TO THE MARKET
The Ripe market is back in Abu Dhabi tomorrow at the Umm Al Emarat Park. Stock up on farm-fresh veggies and produce, enjoy al fresco eating, live music, yoga sessions and stalls featuring wares from local artisans. Every Saturday from 3pm-9pm.
4. GOOD OLD MOVIES
Almost a century before Disney and Pixar captured our imaginations and screens, German director Lotte Reiniger painstakingly created the animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed in 1926. The film restored in 1999 is now the world’s oldest surviving animated film and you can watch it at Cinema Akil tomorrow. It uses ground-breaking silhouette animation technique to tell the tale about the eponymous hero’s escapades to far-away lands, including meeting a witch, Aladdin, battling demons and, of course, falling in love with a princess. At Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue warehouse at 5pm. Visit cinemaakil.com
These upcoming concerts in and around Halloween are so good, they’ll give you shivers down your spine. EDM icon David Guetta will be performing at open-air club Base on October 25. The French DJ who’s known for his collaborations with Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Usher will be performing as part of the club’s weekly event LYFE, that’s themed after the four elements. Chart-topping bangers such as Titanium, Who’s That Chick and Shot Me Down will keep partygoers dancing into the wee hours of morning. From 10am-4pm; visit basedubai.com.
You’ll be shrieking, albeit with joy, at Fiesta de los Muertos – the Halloween-themed concert is back this year on October 26 at the 117 Live Arena with a thrilling line-up that includes pop star Nick Jonas, Cuban reggaeton group Gente de Zona, RnB singer Miguel, American Chantel Jeffries The Mariachis, and Dubai-based electronic band Hollaphonic. Tickets from Dh295 at 117live.com.
6. SHOE’D IN
Think your old kicks still have a few miles left in them? Trade them in at Shoe Mart’s Dubai branches as part of their Happy Feet initiative and the first 2,000 customers donating their used footwear will get a Dh100 gift voucher The others get a gift voucher worth Dh25 for every pair you donate. Just ensure that the shoes are in good condition; the campaign ends on October 27.
7. BOLLY GOOD
Musical Taj Express is playing at the Dubai Opera today and tomorrow. The colourful song-and-dance show oozes the glitz and glamour of Bollywood – choreographed and directed by sister-duo Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant, the show narrates the story of young composer Shankar who dreams of working in the film industry through extravagant costumes, intricate dance sequences and songs and music by acclaimed Bollywood composers such as A. R. Rahman and Salim and Sulaiman Merchant. Tickets from Dh95 at dubaiopera.com; matinee show starts at 3pm and evening show at 8pm.
8. BUY THE BOOK
Bookworms will howl with delight – the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, the world’s biggest book sale, is running until October 28 at the Sound Stage Venue in Dubai Studio City. You can shop for over three million children’s book titles across a range of genres, from modern classics to thrillers. And discounts of up to 50 to 80 per cent mean you can go wild with you purchases! The weeklong sale will run continuously for 24 hours each day.