Trick or treat? Whatever you're looking for, whether it’s a terrifying experience or a frighteningly good night out, you’ll find it here.
It’s time to eat, drink and be scary.
Atelier M How does a terrifying brunch sound to you? Head to Atelier M for unlimited drinks and themed food for Dhs249 per person. Expect spooky dolls and scary surprises, all while DJ Skinnyloop hits the decks until the early hours of the morning. Dhs249. Thu Oct 31, 8pm-11pm. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 450 7766).
Atlantis The Palm There’s a zombie apocalypse coming to the shores of Palm Jumeirah and with it comes Halloween-themed brunches and a huge party. Atlantis The Palm is hosting a load of events for Halloween weekend including a zombie-themed party on Thursday October 31. World-renowned DJ Chuckie is headlining the night along with David de Luca and a host of local DJs. Be sure to look as zombie-fied as possible as the best dressed zombie has the chance to win some big prizes. Ladies get free entry before 9pm and tickets start from Dhs150. There’s also a themed brunch for Dhs535 (including house beverages) happening at Saffron on Friday November 1, which is apparently not for the faint-hearted. Expect a zombie-themed bar and décor, along with 220 dishes to feast on. The resident DJ will be spinning the spookiest tunes and the best male, female and group costumes will win free brunches. For the full schedule of ‘spooktacular events’, head to www.atlantisthepalm.com.
Candypants Freaky events happen on land during Halloween, and if you’re looking to get away from it all, Candypants has a party yacht to whisk you away from all those frights. Taking place on, you guessed it, Thursday October 31 from 10pm until 2am, the popular global party brand is setting up a huge ‘Halloween MEGA Yacht’. The four-hour event will be offering an international spread of grub along with hops, grape and mixed drinks to sip on for Dhs349 including house beverages or Dhs449 for bubbly and access to the VIP area. It sets sail from Pier 7 at the Dubai Marina so be there or be scared. Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly). Thu Oct 31, 10pm-2am. From Pier 7, Dubai Marina, www.candypants.events.
Chamas Celebrate Halloween Brazilian-style with unlimited meats and a salad station from Dhs215. Wear your scariest costume and you’ll also get a free mixed drink on the house. From Dhs215. Thu Oct 31, 6pm-midnight. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 305 6843).
COYA Dubai Time Out Dubai’s Best Latin American Restaurant, COYA Dubai, is going all out for Halloween with a spooky bash on Wednesday October 30 from 9pm onwards. Dress up in your best “mystically-inspired” outfits and expect theatrical décor, live performances including percussionists, rhythmic beats from the resident DJs and a special bottle menu. Make a night out of it and head down before the Halloween antics begin and try some of the award-winning food. Wed Oct 30, 9pm-2am. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 316 9600).
Drai’s Dubai It’s going to get spooky at Time Out Dubai's Club of the Year as Drai’s Dubai is throwing a Halloween bash and everyone is encouraged to head down and ‘embrace their inner monster’. Expect the best of R&B and hip-hop – with a Halloween twist, of course – from DJ Moky and DJ Vybz and heaps of entertainment throughout the night including live performances and a light show. Dubai partygoers are encouraged to dress up in their coolest costumes, dance the night away and prepare for a wickedly good time. Thu Oct 31, 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).
Fogo de Chão DIFC’s famous steakhouse is throwing a whole series of Latin-inspired ‘Hallo-weekend’ events. Get dressed up in your spookiest attire and head down on Thursday October 31 from 8pm onwards for indoor and outdoor dining options and a live band and DJ to get the party started. Friday November 1 will be a day of fun for all with a family-friendly brunch from noon until 4pm. The brunch is inspired by the hit Pixar film Coco and there will be entertainment, face painting and more. Thu Oct 31, 8pm-midnight. Fri Nov 1, noon-4pm. Free (six and under), half-price (seven-12), Dhs249 (food only), Dhs299 (softs), Dhs439 (house beverages). Central Park Towers, DIFC (04 343 8867).
Gaucho Dubai This sleek Argentinian spot is celebrating Halloween with a double dose of brunch. The “gruesome” Halloween brunch is taking place Friday November 1 from noon until 3.30pm and then again at 8pm until 11.30pm. Sharing-style starters include tuna ceviche, empanadas and braised beef back ribs while mains on offer include pan-seared salmon, black truffle risotto and rib-eye steak. The brunch ends with a dulce de leche cheesecake and a warm brownie with vanilla ice cream and coffee sauce. There’s nothing gruesome about that menu – that’s for sure. It’s Dhs370 a head for softs, Dhs460 for house beverages including grape, hops, mixed drinks short measures or Dhs570 for sparkling grape. The normally stylish restaurant will be transformed into “a scene from horror movie” and brunchgoers are encouraged to dress up in their creepiest costumes and the best dressed table will win a bottle of bubbly. Dhs370 (soft drinks), Dhs460 (house beverages), Dhs570 (sparkling). Fri Nov 1, noon-3.30pm, 8pm-11.30pm. DIFC (04 422 7898).
Harvester's Order food from the special Halloween-themed menu and you’ll get a mixed drink on the house. Bone appétit. Thu Oct 31, noon-2am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 305 6843).
Hidden at Taj Dubai Hidden brunch at Treehouse and Tesoro is getting a terrifying makeover for Halloween. Scary stuff. Expect creepy décor, themed dishes, makeovers and an after-party from 4pm onwards with five drinks for Dhs150. Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (bubbly). Fri Nov 1, 1pm-4pm. Taj Dubai, Business Bay, www.hiddenbrunch.com (052 798 7292).
La Carnita You’ll want to look as deathly as possible this Halloween when heading to this Mexican bar and restaurant, as you may win a Dhs1,000. La Carnita is getting a ghoulish makeover to celebrate the scariest time of the year, transforming its venue into a spooky town on Friday November 2. But first, it’s kicking off with a ‘Vampire Nightclub’ on Thursday October 31. Free entry. Thu Oct 31 (vampire nightclub), Fri Nov 1 (day of the dead), 5pm onwards. Inter-Continental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, www.lacarnita.ae (04 425 4030).
Hi Five Head to this relatively new Dubai Media City spot for a bargainous Halloween-themed brunch bash. Get three hours of free-flowing drinks and unlimited barbecued bites for Dhs169 per person starting at either 6.30pm or 7.30pm. Expect creepy décor, a mix of house music and haunting tunes from DJ Adriana and a “beast” dressed competition – there’s a Friday brunch for four up for grabs and the winners will be announced at midnight. Ladies can also get three free drinks or unlimited drinks and one dish for Dhs99. Dhs169. Thu Oct 31, 6.30pm-9.30pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm. Holiday Inn Express Dubai - Internet City (055 537 7714).
Juniper Trick or eat? Junipers in Vida Emirates Hills is celebrating Halloween with a frightfully fantastic brunch on Thursday October 31 from 8pm to 11pm. Get ready to sink your teeth into themed dishes and sip on free-flowing juniper-based drinks. Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages). Thu Oct 31, 8pm-11pm. Vida Emirates Hills (04 872 8888).
Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR It's close to midnight, and something evil's lurking in the dark… Well not really, but if you’re on the hunt for a thrilling night out this Halloween, head to this massive bar in JBR on Thursday October 31 for the ‘world’s best’ Michael Jackson tribute band. Make sure to dress up and get ready to beat it. Can’t get enough? The award-winning spot is also throwing a ‘Dead Famous’ party on Friday November 1.
Rumour has it there’s going to be some famous faces hiding in the shadows and if you’re a dead-ringer, you may just be a strong contender for best dressed and be in with the chance to win some prizes. Its sister branch in Barsha Height is also throwing a mega Halloween bash and whatever location you choose, you’re guaranteed a cracking night. Free. Thu Oct 31 & Fri Nov 1, 8pm-3am. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR – The Walk (04 392 7120).
Maiden Shanghai Prefer land to sea? Candypants is also throwing a ‘Halloween MEGA Brunch’ FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai’s Chinese restaurant, Maiden Shanghai. Kicking off from 1pm until 4pm on Friday November 1, the brunch will have a sharing-style contemporary Chinese menu served straight to the table, along with unlimited house beverages and bubbly. The one-off brunch is priced Dhs450, but the party doesn’t stop there. After brunch there’s an after-party with three drinks for Dhs100 from 4pm until 6pm. Dhs450. Fri Nov 1, 1pm-4pm. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, www.candypants.events (04 455 9989).
Noire Dubai Head to Fairmont Dubai for an utterly bone-chilling experience. Prepared to be scared while tucking into a gourmet dinner, all in the complete darkness, in a ‘haunted hospital canteen’. You may not see anything scary, but you'll definitely hear it. Brave diners can get in on the 90-minute dinner from Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm onwards until Thursday October 31, from Dhs360 for the soft drinks package and Dhs399 for grape pairing. Dine if you dare… Dhs360 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (grape pairing). Mon-Sat 7.30pm-9pm, until Thu Oct 31. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Publique Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s ski-themed restaurant and bar Publique has revealed its “scarily” good themes for its October quiz nights, so get ready to give your brain an eerie workout. The ‘month of horror’ will kick off with a Stranger Things quiz on Wednesday October 2 and the following Wednesday will be themed around The Walking Dead. Get ready for a whole load of supernatural experiences on Wednesday October 16 and Wednesday October 23 – we’re talking IT, The Shining, Exorcist, The Conjuring, Insidious and The Ring. And lastly, serious horror fans can spend Hallows' Eve being quizzed about some of the scariest movies of all-time including SAW and Friday the 13th to name a few. Looking to make a night out of it? There’s also a nightly brunch package for Dhs345 which includes unlimited house beverages and cheesy bar bites. Get dressed up and prepare for a gruesomely good time. Dhs100 (minimum spend). Wed Oct 2 (Stranger Things quiz); Wed Oct 9 (Walking Dead quiz); Wed Oct 16 (Supernatural 1 – The Shining, Exorcist and IT quiz); Wed Oct 23 (Supernatural 2 – The Conjuring, Insidious and The Ring quiz); Wed Oct 30 (Slasher – Halloween, SAW, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Friday the 13th, Childs Play, Hannibal Lecter & Norman Bates quiz) 8pm-10pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.publique.ae (04 430 8550).
The Smash Room It’s time to get spooked – and get smashing. From Sunday October 20 until Saturday November 2 there’s a special Halloween package for Dhs197 which includes glasses and electronic items, a protective suit and shoes, and a video of you smashing away. Dress up and you could also be in with the chance to win Dhs500. Just watch out for the angry zombies… Dhs197. Open Sat-Wed 11am-10.30pm; Thu-Fri 11am-11pm Sun Oct 20-Sat Nov 2. Umm Suqeim Street, Al Quoz, www.thesmashroom.ae (058 198 2323).
The City Grill This Halloween, let loose at The Atrium’s South African steakhouse. The City Grill is throwing a Halloween bash for Dhs270 a head which includes a welcome short measure, a themed three-course set menu and a flaming mixed drink. The menu features ‘ghoulish soups, ‘nasty nibbles’ and ‘zombie cuts’ and there’s also going to a special performance from a zombie choir – spooky stuff. Dhs270. Thu Oct 31, 5pm-midnight. The Atrium, Al Habtoor City (04 437 0088).
The Rose & Crown The traditional pub is going all out for Halloween with plenty of spooky dishes, themed drinks and fang-tastic games. All ‘specials of the day’ are under Dhs60 and include a zombie meatloaf. Ooh-er. Thu Oct 31, 11am-2am. The Atrium, Al Habtoor City (04 437 0022).
RÜYA Dubai This swish Dubai Marina spot is serving up an evening of live entertainment, “ghoulish” drinks and terrifyingly delicious dishes this Halloween. Throughout the night all house beverages in its Mekan Lounge will be Dhs35 including the signature Halloween-inspired mixed drink of the night which is infused with citrus, coffee and roasted pumpkin. After tucking into some award-winning food, end the evening with a themed dessert – a pumpkin tatlisi served with a salted sesame praline and tahini ice cream. Make sure you get dressed up in your spookiest garb as there are prizes for best dressed up for grabs including a dinner or brunch for two. Thu Oct 31, 6pm-1am. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 9123).
The QE2 Looking to get away from all things that go bump in the night this Halloween? Dubai’s QE2 has just the staycation offer that’s available for stays from Thursday October 31 until Friday November 1, but don’t expect it to be fright-free. The iconic ocean liner has a ‘Scary Stay Experience’ offering couples and families an all-inclusive staycation with breakfast, a special Halloween brunch and exclusive haunted tour. Ooh-er. Expect jelly spiders, smoking dishes, grisly fingers, eyeballs, pumpkin carvings and more at the Friday brunch and make sure you dress to scare – those with the best costumes are in for some big prizes. A haunted ocean liner awaits. From Dhs699 (couples), from Dhs999 (families). Thu Oct 31-Fri Nov. QE2, Port Rashid, www.qe2.com/offers (04 526 8888).
Trader Vic’s – Crowne Plaza Dubai Tiki-treat? Head to the fun-loving Polynesian spot on Sheikh Zayed Road for Halloween-themed mixed drinks and short measures. Thu Oct 31, 6pm-2am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 305 6843).
Toy Room DXB A night at Toy Room DXB is always rip-roaring fun, especially when the brand’s famous mascot Frank the Bear comes out to play – but things are going to get strange over Hallo-weekend with a Stranger Things-themed bash. Except the best of hip-hop but just watch out for Frank and his mates… Thu Oct 31-Fri Nov 1, 11pm-4am. Soho Garden, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.toyroomdxb.com (052 463 3338).
We Brunch at Accents Popular party brunch, We Brunch, is celebrating Halloween with themed food, spooky décor and make-up on artists on hand to get you looking boo-tiful. This is one you’ll want to make an effort for – wear your best Halloween costume and you’ll be in with the chance to win prizes. The party continues with an after-party offering five beverages for Dhs150 from 4pm onwards. Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (bubbly). Fri Nov 1, 1pm-4pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, www.webrunchdxb.com (052 798 7292).
WHITE Dubai There’s going to be nothing white about WHITE Dubai this Halloween as the super-club is gearing up for a weekend of freakishly outrageous surprises. Get ready for creepy characters, themed décor and utter darkness (spooky). Thu Oct 31-Fri Nov 1, 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
ZOCO This Latin American bar and restaurant is throwing two days of spooktacular events for ‘Hallo-weekend’. It all kicks off at 5.30pm on Thursday October 31 with a Mexican-style party – get down early as the first 100 people will get a free portion of tamales with a surprise filling. There’s also going to be special mixed drinks for Dhs45 each and anyone who takes a picture at ZOCO in their costume and tags them on Instagram will also get 30 percent off food for the evening. On Friday November 1 there’s a special themed brunch with entertainment for the whole family. Little ones can get face painting, go trick-or-treating or visit the trick-or-treat station for sweet treats while mums and dads can enjoy a Mexican spread and free-flowing drinks. Thu Oct 31, 5.30pm-2am. Fri Nov 1, 12.30pm-4pm, Dhs110 (kids six-12 years old), Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house drinks). The Atrium, Al Habtoor City (04 437 0044).