Are you ready for Halloween 2019 in Dubai? Trick or treat? Yes please. Round up your little monsters and enjoy all the ghoulish fun the city has to offer this Halloween.
Head to Tania’s Teahouse where little ones can make scary decorations to hang up in the porch for visiting trick or treaters at an arts and crafts afternoon on Friday, October 18, or make the scariest desserts at a cookie and cupcake decorating masterclass on Friday, October 25. Mums and dads, keep an eye out for rogue creepy crawlies in their pumpkin chai latte or creepy cupcakes and if you spot one, call your waiter over, point out the offensive little bug and get a treat.
Dhs150 (arts and crafts class, inc main course, dessert and beverage). Fri Oct 18, 1pm. Dhs150 (cupcake and cookie decorating class, inc main course, dessert and beverage). Fri Oct 25, 1pm. Jumeirah Road, Dubai, www.taniasteahouse.com (04 324 0021).
Watch a (feel-good) spooky family film
Salma’s Big Wish is in cinemas from Thursday, October 10 and if you enjoyed Coco you wil love this new animated film that takes its inspiration from the Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos. In the Mexican town of Santa Clara, lives Salma, a 16-year-old orphan who never got to meet her biological parents. The only story she has been told her whole life is that they abandoned her. One day she discovers a special book and sets off on an adventure to discover the missing links to her family’s heritage.
In cinemas from Thu Oct 10.
Face your fears in a haunted forest
What do you get if you cross a sloth and a pumpkin? A spooktacular Halloween experience at The Green Planet's Haunted Forest. Little animal-loving monsters can take part in a range of exciting activities such as face painting and games, including hopscotch and pumpkin tic-tac-toe, between Thursday October 17 and Saturday November 2 and can also face their fears their fears in the reptile and bug enclosure (daily at 12.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm) – parents, cameras at the ready!
From Dhs99. Thu Oct 17-Sat Nov 2. Dubai City Walk, Al Safa Street, www.thegreenplanet.com (04 317 3999).
Visit Cobweb Castle at LEGOLAND
Have you visited LEGOLAND’s castle yet? Well, it’s set to take a spooky turn, with webs covering the windows, and LEGO spiders, pumpkins and more to surprise little ones. Plus mini masterbuilders can set to work building a giant spider (eek!). And because it wouldn’t be Halloween without sweets, tasty candy carts will be giving HARIBO away throughout the park. Get ready to brick-or-treat!
Dhs275. Wed Oct 16-Sat Nov 2. Sat-Wed 10am-6pm, Thu-Fri 11am-9pm. Dubai Parks and Resorts, legoland.com (04 820 3123).
Pick a pumpkin
Get your hands on a Kibsons pumpkin because not front porch is complete without a spookily carve jack o’lantern to welcome – or scare away – the trick-or-treaters. A variety of sizes, shapes and even colours – we like the one with the green nodules that look like warts, known as the Minion pumpkin – are available to order online.
From Dhs7 (small pumpkins). www.kibsons.com.
Were-wolf down some creepy cakes
Satiate those sweet fangs with a cute, spooky baked treats courtesy of Sugar Moo Desserts. The cute spiderweb cookies and colourful eye-see you truffles are the perfect afternoon snack and the naughty tall peek-a-book chocolate cake will have little ones screaming… With delight.
From Dhs18. www.sugarmoo.com (800 78427).
Sink your fangs into free waffles
To mark the spookiest day of the year, all-day eatery eggspectation is serving up a free cocoa waffle for kids under 12. The caramel sauce and dollop of creamy orange mascarpone are to die for.
Thu Oct 31. 7am-midnight. The Beach JBR, City Walk and Sharjah, www.eggspectation.com.
Jelly spiders, grisly fingers and eyeballs are being served up at the QE2’s Halloween brunch where little kids (and big kids, that’s you mums and dads) can win prizes for their spooky fancy dress costumes. The haunted ghost hall has heaps of activities and games to keep the small people occupied, or for an additional Dhs55 per child, they can take part in the haunted tour below deck.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs95 (kids under 12). Fri Nov 1 1pm-4pm. Lido, QE2, Port Rashid, www.qe2.com (04 526 8811).