It’s spooky season in the sandpit and this weekend sees a host of frightfully fun festivities taking place across the UAE. Halloween is synonymous with terrifying costumes, horror movies and trick-or-treating and this weekend’s offerings are celebrating all of that and more. Happy Halloween!

Find the perfect costume

Are you looking for the ultimate costumes to scare the life out of everyone? Look no further, desertcart.ae has you sorted with costumes, masks, decorations, board games and candies. Choose costumes from zombie brides to creepy clowns and even costumes for your children and pets (just try and stop us from dressing our pup up!). If you decide to stay home this year, choose from Halloween-themed board games such as Unsolved Case Files, Hunt A Killer, Escape Room In A Box and so much more to stay entertained all night long.

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The Green Planet’s spooktacular piranha encounter

Take the spooky season to the next level with the bio-dome’s truly scary snorkeling experience with piranhas. The Green Planet has partnered with Al Boom Diving Center to create a one-of-a-kind experience feeding piranhas and other aquatic species. If that seems a little too adventurous, head to the Green Planet this Wednesday October 28 to visit the nocturnal creatures such as sloths, geckos, slow loris and other night crawlers. Plus, children wearing animal costumes automatically enter a draw for a chance to win a day of being a zookeeper.

Ages seven and above are eligible for the snorkeling extravaganza taking place every day from 4pm – 5pm. Tickets are priced at Dhs350 at the gate and online at Dhs330 – available here.
The Green Planet at Night tickets are priced at Dhs120 for adults and Dhs99 for children and is taking this place this Wednesday from 7pm-9pm.


Fright night at the Screening Room

Embrace the spookiest night of the year and host a scary movie watch party with 12 friends at Studio One’s Screening Room. Movies for adults include classics such as Psycho, Annabelle, Chucky, The Shining and more to scare your socks off. The venue can also be booked for kids, who can choose from Casper the Friendly Ghost, Hotel Transylvania, The Addams Family, Ghostbusters and other age-appropriate horror hits.

The Screening Room is available to book for three nights from 29-31 October. Booking costs Dhs666 for up to 12 adults and Dhs600 for up to 12 children, which includes Halloween-themed treats, soft drinks and other surprises. Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City.  For timings and more information call 800 788346.

Celebrate OctoBOO with your four-legged friends

Reform Social & Grill is dedicating this year’s Halloween paw-ty to your furry friends. Enjoy a morning of tricks and treats with costume contests, which comes with prizes such as a photoshoot, training sessions, a weekend staycation at a pet-friendly hotel and personalised accessories. Reform Social & Grill has invited dog trainers and brand ambassadors from Furchild, Howl & Growl, Unleashed and Dog Tags for consultations or any queries. Pet owners also get a chance to win their own pet’s portrait by the talented furry friend photographer Alin. Happy Halloween, indeed.

The Lakes Club, Dubai. Call 04 4542638 or click here for more information.


Get creative at Argentina Grill

Diners at Argentina Grill get a chance to win a voucher for a whopping Dhs1,000. While dining at the restaurant all you have to do is post a story on Instagram using the Halloween filter ‘Dia de Muertos by Argentina Grill’. The most creative stories from the branches at The Pointe and La Mer will each win a voucher to spend on either outlet. Don’t forget to tag the restaurant’s Instagram! The competition will go on until 29 October and the winners will be announced on the same day.

The Pointe and La Mer, click here for more information or call 054 570 2626.

Be the best-dressed guest at Ce La Vi

Celebrate Halloween from above at Ce La Vi, located on the 54 floor of Address Sky View Hotel. Guests can indulge in a special four-course set menu by Chef Howard Ko and unlimited beverages for three hours. Make sure you put on your best Halloween costume for a chance to win an extra hour of fun. The famous terrace swing with the iconic view of the Burj Khalifa will be given a spooky makeover for the perfect Instagrammable pictures.

The offer is on 31 October from 12pm – 12am, and can be booked here.  Address Sky View Hotel, Downtown. Call 04 5826 111.

Channel your inner Disney villain at Tania’s Teahouse

Halloween would not be complete without our favourite Disney villains. Head down to Tania’s Teahouse and enjoy Ursula’s Sea Party – an afternoon tea that includes sweet and savoury treats – or tuck in to Scar’s Ribs: A must-try BBQ dish served with sweet potato sticks. The selection of drinks includes Cruella De Ville’s Latte, Evil Stepmother’s Brew, Maleficent’s Mint Hot Chocolate and other scary concoctions.
779A Jumeirah St – Umm Suqeim, Dubai. Click here for more information or call 04 324 0021


Go back to basics with all things pumpkin spice

Starbucks may have banished the beloved pumpkin spice latte but Maiz Tacos is stepping up to the plate with its pumpkin tres leches cake, a.k.a pumpkin-spiced milk cakes. For only Dhs29, enjoy a delicious layer of pumpkin-spiced puree atop a homemade milk cake, topped with an extra layer of fresh tres leches and whipped cream. A limited number of cakes are made each day, so you better hurry!

Available for dine-in, take out or click here to order online. Maiz Tacos is located at Cluster Y, JLT, Dubai.

No tricks, all treats

To celebrate the spooky season, Cassette is offering an autumn-inspired pumpkin spice concoction topped with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for Dhs24 throughout October. They are also serving a Halloween-themed spider web chocolate tart with a wicked raspberry coulis and white chocolate ganache for just Dhs32, and it looks as good as it tastes.

The Courtyard, 4th St – Al Quoz. Click here or call 04 349 1966 for more information.


Get spooky at The Day of The Dead Brunch

Mexican hotspot La Carnita is hosting an El Secreto brunch on Friday 30 October and will be dishing out its famous mouth-watering corn-on-the-cob, tacos, churros and more. Remember to put on your best costumes as you will be rewarded!

Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Marina. Brunch starts at 1pm-4pm and prices start at Dhs275. To book click here or call 04 425 4030

A night at the haunted villa

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa is offering families a one-of-a-kind Halloween night at a luxurious villa which has been transformed into a haunted house for the occasion. Families or a group of friends can have a night of fun at the villa with access to the pool and enjoy a Halloween-themed buffet at The Kitchen, as well as breakfast the next day.

Prices start at Dhs1200. To book click here or call 07 2288844


Show off your costume at Toro Toro

Head to Toro Toro to experience the ghoulish make-over of the South-American restaurant. Even those opposed to dressing up will want to wear spine-chilling costumes as you could win a free brunch for four. Held on 30 October the brunch will include unlimited sharing platters of starters, mains, desserts and beverages with a resident DJ spinning the best Halloween tunes.

The Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina. Prices start at Dhs350 for the brunch, from 1pm-4pm. Call 04 317 6000 to reserve or click here for more information

Halloween central at JW Marriott

Lockdown 2.0 is the horrifying theme this year at the JW Marriott Marquis, where guests are in with a chance to win a staycation worth Dhs50,000. Experience the Wanderlust Mask-erade brunch (how apt) on 30 October or head up to The Vault to enjoy an a la carte-style meal with a view. The 5-star hotel also invites you to Bridgewater Tavern’s Spooky Backyard for an afternoon of fun with spooky games to keep you entertained.
To enter the competition, experience one of the aformentioned events, follow @JWMarriottMarquisDubai and post a picture of your experience using the hashtag #JWMarquisStaycation. Winners will be announced on 31 October. Good luck!

Sheikh Zayed Rd, Business Bay, Dubai. Call 04 414 3000 to book or click here for more information.

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