Time to eat, drink and be scary. Or get scared. Either way, our list of Halloween celebrations around the UAE has something for everyone to break out in goosebumps.
The Abu Dhabi waterpark’s annual Dana’s Spooktacular is back today from 10am-10pm. The pirate-themed festivities will be replete with a Pirates Candy Cove. There’s also a costume parade (so dust out that Captain Hook outfit) and hunt for sweets at the Trick or Treat Wharf, spooky snacks at the Shiver Me Timbers Buffet, and a Pirate University, where young swashbucklers can learn to perfect menacing ‘Arrrrs’. Tickets cost Dh250 per adult and Dh210 per child. Visit yaswaterworld.com.
Haunted Quarters at Lapita Hotel
Resting in peace is the last thing you’ll be able to do at this Polynesian-themed haunted hotel spook-cation (above). The resort is having a Shining moment until November 2 with nine accommodation buildings transformed by eerie decorations and a creepy check-in featuring Legoland Dubai and Hotel Transylvania elements.
Sleep with one eye open because the corridors will be peopled by staff dressed in spooky costumes throughout your stay. From Dh1,189 for two people including an in-room breakfast and access to the three theme parks and one water park; until November 2. Call 04 449 0868 to book, quoting Haunted Quarters.
The Smash Room
Time to star in your own Smasher flick. The rage room in Al Quoz (top) transforms into a house of horrors for Halloween. Wind your way through a maze of nightmarish clowns and terrifying monsters to find the space you can demolish. Halloween package costs Dh99 with an additional 10 per cent discount if you come dressed in a costume. Visit thesmashroom.ae.
Atlantis, The Palm
The fear factor is high at Atlantis, The Palm. The haunting gets serious on Wednesday, October 31 when families step into The Lost Chambers Aquarium, which will transform into underwater haunted chambers from 7pm–9pm. The brave can wade through fog-filled, scary decorations and play escape games and more. Grand prizes will be handed out for the best costumes. Dh135 per adult and one child under 12 (in costume) enters free with each adult. Call 04 426 1387.
This JBR escape room has two special challenges crafted for Halloween. Sign up for the Escape Plan as well as The Basement challenges and you’ll find yourself lost in a series of rooms racing against time to stay ahead of murderous strangers thwarting your attempts to flee as you crack clues, and your fears. The Basement is from Dh170 per player for two players; Escape Plan from Dh140. Visit countdowndxb.com.
Tub of Butter
There is safety in numbers, especially when you’re watching a horror film – dare to scare yourself silly watching scary movies with a bunch of people at SZR eatery Tub of Butter’s Pizza and Horror movie night tomorrow. From 6pm master making a pizza, then settle down to nosh on your handiwork and watch a horror film at 7pm. You won’t have to pause the film midway to answer the door for the delivery guy. Dh175 per person and Dh350 per couple. Call 04 343 8884 or visit tubofbutter.com.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Remember the abandoned themepark besieged by zombies in cult hit Zombieland? On October 31 IMG Worlds of Adventure will recreate that zombie apocalypse with their annual Festival of Fright (left). The walking dead will roam around the park while you enjoy other activities like a DJ battle, dance battle, live music, a haunted maze, as well as all of the themepark’s 22 adventurous rides. From 7pm-12pm; tickets cost Dh98 per person at IMGworlds.com.
La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk
There’s no talking Great Dane or the mystery machine but the boutique hotel’s Halloween treasure hunt is an opportunity to live your Scooby Doo fantasies. La Ville has partnered with Escape Hunt Dubai to spirit you away with an engrossing mystery on October 31 that involves tracking down a ghost’s heir to his forgotten treasure from 5pm-10pm. Jeepers! Dh260 per person with amuse-bouches and Halloween-themed beverages at all four F&B outlets. Visit livelaville.com.