Halloween Hocus Pocus

For kids, teens and grownups across Dubai, October 31st is a highlight of the month, with trick-or-treating a custom in most neighbourhoods in the Emirate.  So if you’re reading this, and new to the region, get ready for the scare fest!

Marked as a time of hocus pocus and festivity, Halloween is less known for its ancient origins, and now celebrated as a community event characterised by dress-up costumes, decorated houses, trick-or-treating and plenty of candy.  It’s a great opportunity to hit the pavement and get to know your neighbours.

But, if bouncing around your neighbourhood just isn’t your thing, we get it. That doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the fun though, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite adults only and family friendly Halloween events that are hitting Dubai’s social scene in the lead up to October 31st.


Adults Only

DJ Jazzy Jeff Halloween Bash at Barasti

The Magnificent himself, DJ Jazzy Jeff, will be returning to Barasti on Friday 28th October – taking to the stage at midnight for an epic Halloween celebration!  Best known for his work with Will Smith, ‘The Magnificent’, multiple award-winning DJ Jazzy Jeff is a force to be reckoned with.


Halloween Birthday at Long’s Bar Towers Rotana

Get ready for spine-tingling fun at Long’s Bar, with their spooktacular Halloween theme from the 27th till 31st October. That’s five days of Halloween madness and spooky creatures from Hysteria Dubai to give guests a hair-raising experience. Long’s Bar is also celebrating its 16th birthday and offering 10 special drinks, starting from 16 AED.


Halloween at JB’s Gastropub, Amwaj Rotana

Enjoy Halloween-themed cocktails and shooters, such as the Morgue-a-Rita, Jekyll and Hyde, Witch’s Brew, Devil’s Headache, Poisoned Apple and a Cracked Skull.  On Monday 31st October, dress in your best Halloween costume, or visit the JB’s face painter who will transform you into your ghoul-y self. JB’s gets a transformation too with 3D Floor Art and more. The Bacardi Illusionist will transport you to another dimension, but not before you snap your scariest pic at the photo wall.


Family Friendly

Fairmont Special Halloween Parties

The Fairmont the Palm Falcon Kids’ Club is celebrating with a series of Halloween parties for its little visitors. The ‘Cookie Decorating Halloween Parties’ will be on Wednesday 26th October and Monday 31st October from 4pm – 6pm at the Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club, and is priced at AED 150 per child, aged four years old and above.  The Magic Show Halloween Parties on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th October will run from 4pm – 6pm, and on Saturday 29th October from 3pm – 5pm, are priced at AED 200 per child for children four years old and above.  Children three years old and above are invited to watch the Magic Shows.


Halloween Bubbalicious Brunch at The Westin

Join the Spooky Bubbalicious Brunch on Friday 28th October.  Bubbalicious is the exciting Friday brunch at The Westin Dubai, and offers more than 10 live cooking stations in three of Dubai's hottest restaurants. From AED 450 for soft drinks up to AED 680 for bubbles!


Cheeky Monkeys Halloween Toddler Party

On Friday 28th October, all branches of Cheeky Monkeys will be holding a party!  Dress up and have fun with play, games and art.  There will be prizes for best costume and there is also an art competition.  Priced at AED 125, including a free treat bag, spaces are booking fast. Reserve yours at events@cheekymonkeys.com.


Spooktacular Halloween Friday Brunch Mövenpick IBN Battuta Gate

The spookiest Brunch in town is at Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate on Friday 28th October.  Grab your scariest costumes and enjoy the eerie enclave full of skeletons, spiders, ghosts and ghouls, with an enormous selection of themed food and cocktails including ‘Pumpkin Pie, ‘Meatloaf’, ‘Zombie éclairs’ and much more.  Children can enjoy face painting, Halloween cookie decorating, a selection of themed movies and more. And the scariest costume could win Friday brunch for four people!  The feast awaits guests in the haunted Al Bahou hall between 12.30- 4pm.  Priced from AED 325 per person with soft beverages, children under three dine for free.


Spooky Weekend at Fairytales Jumeirah

Fairytales has a spooky weekend planned on 28th – 29th October, with eerie fun games, crafts, face painting, treats and special events all day long! Spooky Packages are AED 80 for two hours or AED 100 for the full day.   On Friday 28th October there will be Thriller Dance, Spooky Show by Cool Science, Trick or Treat and Best Costume Awards!  And on Saturday 29th October, enjoy Thriller Dance, Doughnut races and more! 


Trick or Treat at Caboodle

The guys at Caboodle are spooking mall dwellers and collecting sweets and treats from neighbouring shops on Friday 28th October!  For AED 99 per child, you get two hours of play area access with spooky mask making, Halloween bag decorating and face painting, plus lots more.  Parent and or nanny supervision is required.  Join them if you dare. 



Jumeirah Beach Hotel family fun day

Bursting with activities to entertain all ages, let the children jump the day away on the bouncy castle, make friends with Sinbad's Kids Club characters, participate in sports games, discover hidden treasures and indulge in an all-inclusive feast of food served from live cooking stations. Head over on Saturday, 29th October 2016 from 12pm to 5pm.  AED 295 with soft drinks.  Children aged seven and below are complimentary.


Young Frankenstein Halloween Rove Downtown Dubai

With trick or treaters looking forward to October 31st, Rove Downtown Dubai invites guests and families for a Halloween-themed evening to watch a family favourite ‘Young Frankenstein’ in The Daily, complete with complimentary popcorn and a themed menu. Visit www.rovehotels.com, and follow Rove Hotels on Facebook and @rovehotels on Instagram and Twitter.

Halloween Brunch – Asseelah, Radisson Blu Deira Creek

Double double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble. Enjoy a spooky Halloween brunch, with over 200 dishes from popular restaurants, along with a costume competition – with the winner set to receive a frightfully delicious prize! Priced at AED 149, children under four years old eat free. To enjoy an alcoholic package, guests can add AED 99 (not discounted). To avail your CitiSpi Gold discount of 25%, simply show that CitiSpi app at the restaurant and quote 'CITIBLU' when booking. 

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