Halloween in Dubai 2018: The city’s best parties

Ghoulishly good nights out to head to this Halloween

Time Out Dubai’s Big Fat Haunted Halloween Quiz
Because where else on Halloween can you head to the pub and win a whopping-great Dhs3,000 in cold, hard cash to take home all for yourself (and your team mates)? Nowhere else, that’s where, so head along to Time Out Dubai’s Big Fat Haunted Halloween Quiz at Café Artois at Bridgewater in Dubai’s Business Bay.

Eight rounds will test your knowledge and skills in a bunch of different ways, and not only is there a big stack of cash up for grabs, but there will also be spot prizes for the best fancy dress (so look sharp). Previous winners have taken away brunches, staycations, gig tickets and more, so get involved. The quiz always sells out, so book your table in advance.
Free to enter. Reservations highly recommended. Wed Oct 31, doors open 6pm, quiz starts 8pm. Café Artois @ Bridgewater, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).

Ají
Make a date at Club Vista Mare on the Palm to get involved with this Peruvian-Japanese restaurant’s haunted house party. Ají’s “haunted mansion” is back for year two, with promises of phobia-inducing ghouls and goblins, plus special mixed drinks and a free drink for anyone who arrives in costume.
Free. Wed Oct 31 8pm-midnight. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 0244).

Anantara The Palm
Head to the Palm Jumeirah for a full Halloween barbecue on the beach, with accompanying tunes from DJ Eden. Dress up, get involved and get a whole host of smoked barbecue treats alongside grape and hops for Dhs415.
Dhs415. Wed Oct 31 7pm-9.30pm. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).

Barasti

That’s right, the master DJ Jazzy Jeff is back in town for a Halloween special at Barasti, with the club’s Halloween Beach Party taking place on Wednesday October 31 – so if you are in the mood for a Halloween-themed preekender (that’s a pre-weekend night out, btw), then you don’t want to miss out on this. With the night running through until 3am, you can get your night started with a happy hour offering drinks for Dhs30 (which is cheaper than Barasti’s usual prices) until 9pm. To top it all off, the night is completely free to enter.
Free. Wed Oct 31, 11am-3am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).

Barbary Deli + Cocktail Club
Head to this lively bar in Barsha Heights for Halloween night where you can win a trip for two to Paris. You can win simply by being the best fancy-dressed partygoer at Murder on the Dancefloor on Wednesday October 31, part of a three-night Halloween spectacular until Friday November 2. Go from 10pm until 3am, where there’ll be special decorations and a whole bunch more.
Free. Wed Oct 31-Fri Nov 2 10pm-3am. TRYP by Wyndham Hotel Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 247 6688).

Big Easy Bar & Grill

It’s not often that a carvery has been called scary, but this family-friendly brunch at The Big Easy at top golf club The Els Club in Dubai Sports City will be putting on a fancy dress brunch with face painting, scary movies and a whole bunch of goodies up for grabs.
Dhs95 (kids), Dhs175 (adults food only), Dhs225 (house beverages). Fri Oct 26 1pm-4pm. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City (04 425 1037).

Bistrot Bagatelle
It’s an ’80s and ’90s-themed Halloween bash – which the restaurant says will be “a little spooky with a dose of sass”. Unleash your favourite childhood hero, and get on down to the Monster Mash – it was a graveyard smash, after all.
Wed Oct 31 8pm-2am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 5035).

Dubai Opera: Morcheeba
If you’re after some live music, and perhaps something a bit less Halloweeny – visit Dubai Opera for a night of beats from British trip-hop trio Morcheeba. They’ll be playing their big hits like Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, and The Sea:
Dhs150. Oct 31 8pm-10pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.


Industrial Avenue
It’s a special edition of Casa Loca – it’s the Day of the Dead special. Head over to this stripped back club in Dubai Marina on Tuesday October 30, where ladies’ will get free grape and premium Russian beverages all night. The first 50 ladies will also get a free mixed drink on arrival.
Tue Oct 31 9pm-3am. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (052 293 5907).

La Ville Hotel & Suites

This top-notch hotel in City Walk is putting on an immersive Halloween game, alongside Dubai-based escape room Escape Hunt. Throughout the evening, across the hotel’s four main restaurants and bars, you’ll team up with your fellow diners and solve the mystery of “the forgotten treasure”. La Ville says it stands today on the site of an old prison (which we do doubt…), and you’ve been drafted in to track down the heir of a ghost haunting the hotel, so you can find his lost fortune. Cool, huh? After your game finishes you can get unlimited house grape and cheeses for two hours for Dhs150.
Dhs260 (including nibbles and house beverages). Wed Oct 31, game slots available from 5pm-10pm. La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk (04 334 4473).

Lock, Stock & Barrel
LSB is also getting in on the whole immersive thing, only this one looks like it’s going to be a bit more of a party than a mystery. Head to Lock, Stock & Barrel in either Barsha Heights or JBR on Friday November 2, where the body count is rising and the emergency services have completely stopped (their words, not ours). Dress the part for this “Hospital of Horrors” one-off night, and you could win Dhs5,000 in cash, and there’ll be live music on stage from 10.30pm.
Free. Fri Nov 2 7pm-3am. Various locations including Barsha Heights (04 514 9195) and JBR (04 392 7120).

Long’s Bar
Head to the “longest bar in the Dubai” for a Halloween bash featuring a Dhs25 happy hour, and live music from 9pm until midnight on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The festivities run from Sunday October 28 through until Wednesday 31.
Oct 28-31. Towers Rotana Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).

Lucky Voice
If it’s a Dracula-esque night out you’re looking for, karaoke bar Lucky Voice is planning on bringing chompy horror flick From Dusk Till Dawn to life this Halloween. It’s calling itself the “scariest Halloween party in town”, promising vampires in every corner stalking you throughout the night, and with Dhs2,000 on offer for the best costume, you might want to try and blend in a bit. As it’s ladies’ night, ladies also get four free drinks from 8pm, and there’ll be loads of other random freebies too.
Wed Oct 31 8pm-3am. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).

Miss Tess
This funky, fun-loving Asian bar is throwing a Stranger Things-themed bash this year. Be transported to The Upside Down, and in the Asian Things Brunch you’ll get unlimited noodles, bottomless sushi and free-flowing mixed drinks for Dhs288 from 8pm until 11pm.
Dhs288. Wed Oct 31 8pm-11am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (0506504988).

QE2

What better way to spend Halloween than aboard a ghost ship? The “terror” kicks off with the Fang-tastic Family Feast on Friday November 2, which is a spooky version of the QE2 Friday brunch featuring jelly spiders, smoking dishes and pumpkin carvings in the hotel’s Lido Restaurant. As the night goes on, the scary shenanigans continue with The Hollywood Horror Show, where passengers can enjoy a meal, free-flowing drinks and a line-up of dance acts and live music. Everyone will be required to dig out their fancy-dress costumes and once the show finishes at midnight (naturally), you’ll be able to hit the dancefloor yourself with a DJ until 3am.
Fang-tastic Family Feast: Dhs165 (kids under 12), Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs465 (house drinks). Hollywood Horror Show: From Dhs595. Fri Nov 2, 1pm-3am. QE2, Mina Rashid, Deira, www.qe2.com (04 526 8888).

Skull Island by Snoopy Beats in Fujairah
Head to Fujairah’s Sandy Beach Hotel Resort for a two-day Halloween special that’ll see a huge beach party on Friday October 26, which kicks off at 3pm and features a whole bunch of EDM DJs spinning some big beats all night. The following day, hop aboard a dhow party that’s setting sail around Snoopy Island for a sun-soaked day of partying. All of that, with tickets starting from Dhs189.
From Dhs189. Oct 26-27. Sandy Beach Hotel Resort, Fujairah, fujairah.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/71741/skull-island-by-snoopy-beats.

The Dubliner's Halloween Brunch

A special brunch with a bit of a twist at this Irish haunt. Get your pumpkins and fancy dress out and head over to Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre in Garhoud, where you can get an all-you-can-eat brunch with five drinks for Dhs189, or with two drinks for Dhs109 – kids can get all-inclusive food with two soft drinks for Dhs79. There’s then a 20 percent discount happy hour from 4pm until 8pm.
Dhs79 (kids), Dhs109 (food plus two drinks), Dhs189 (food plus five drinks). Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2328).

The Hide
Rock up in fancy dress on Halloween night and you’ll get 20 percent off your bill at this Madinat Jumeirah steakhouse and meat eatery. Can’t say fairer than that, can you?
Wed Oct 31 6pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).

Vantage
Get unlimited nibbles and drinks at this elegant grape bar’s Halloween party for just Dhs180. The best dressed competition winner will bag an overnight stay at Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai, and dinner for two at Besh Turkish Kitchen.
Dhs180. Thu Oct 25 9pm-2am. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai, Al Barsha (04 377 2000).

Vault
Spend a bit of time in the lift while you head to the 71st floor for this epic Halloween bash featuring some of the city’s top DJs. Adam J, Shef Codes and DJ Keza will be hitting the decks, while there’ll also be a live performance from a mystery guest as well as a one-off show by Cirque Le Soir. There’ll also be some big prizes for the best couple’s costume.
Free. Fri Oct 26 4pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).

Wanderlust Brunch
Big brunching is the order of the day at Wanderlust at Garden, where you’ll find the usual Friday party brunch offerings followed by a Halloween-inspired after-party.
Dhs425 (house beverages). Fri Oct 26 1pm-4pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).

Warehouse Halloween Brunch

Why would you not want to take one of Dubai’s finest traditions and give it a spooky twist? Especially when we’re talking about one of the most fun-loving brunches in town. Head up to Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre in Garhoud for a big brunch with special entertainment, a range of themed mixed drinks and a whole bunch more.
Dhs259 (house beverages). Fri Oct 26 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).

Weslodge Saloon
You hear “Halloween”, you think “Canada”, right? Well, this bar that pays homage to the Great White North on a daily basis is pulling out all the stops to make this an All Hallows’ Eve worth remembering. Head to the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai on the big day itself for special drinks and dishes kitted out in suitably seasonal attire – and you’ll even get a free drink if you bring a pumpkin with you. If it’s weird enough for Halloween, it’s weird enough for us.
Wed Oct 31 8pm-2am. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 560 1700).

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