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Celebrating Halloween in the UAE seems to be getting more and more popular with every year – and this time is no different! From spook-tastic brunches to haunted houses and thrilling trick or treat trails, there’s something for every little monster, witch or goblin to enjoy this Halloween!
1. Halloween Family Fun Day at BOUNCE
Spend a SPOOK-TASTIC fun day out for the whole family over at BOUNCE in Al Quoz, BOUNCE X in Dubai Festival City Mall and BOUNCE Abu Dhabi. Not only can you and your little monsters enjoy 80 wall-to-wall interconnected trampolines as you bounce, flip and slam dunk your way through the centre, take part in wall-running or enjoy the warfare of dodgeball – but, there’ll even be super fun games and competitions where you can win some amazing prizes, and there’ll be special surprises and gifts for the best dressed!
Pre-booking tickets for this fun day is mandatory due to limited slots.
Enhanced health and hygiene measures along with social distancing rules will apply at all times.
2. Halloween Brunch at Reform
Dress up in your most ghoulish costumes and head over to Reform for a spook-tacular Halloween Brunch for the whole family. While your little monsters and witches keep their hands busy with Pumpkin Painting & Carving, you can lean back and relax while tucking into some delicious food and enjoy bopping along to some live entertainment.
There’s going to be a fun costume competition, so come dressed to impress!
3. Halloween Long Weekend Special
Celebrate Halloween and the long weekend over at Splash N Party where you and the kiddos can take a dip in the pool, ride water slides, run around the splash pad, and brave the Zipline or Bungee Trampoline.
Your little ones can also expect spooky entertainment, pinata fun, Halloween cookies and a kids’ meal!
4. Haunted Rainforest at The Green Planet
If your Halloween spirit needs a little boo-st, you’re not going to want to miss out on this! Leave the pumpkin carving and DIY costume-making at home and take a trip to The Green Planet in City Walk for a truly unique experience this spooky season.
Throughout the whole month of October, the bio-dome will transform into an eerie Haunted Rainforest, complete with spooky spider webs, animal skeletons, RIP extinct animal tombstones and pumpkins galore. Get involved in frightful fun with spooky arts and crafts, haunted rainforest activity maps, and a range of games including hopscotch and pumpkin tic-tac-toe.
Kids who arrive wearing animal-inspired costumes will immediately be entered in a draw to win a ‘Zookeeper For A Day’ experience!
THE GREEN PLANET AFTER DARK
You can also explore the bio-dome at The Green Planet After Dark for the perfect spooky treat – Say hi to the Sloths, get up close and personal with a Gecko and pay a visit to the famous Slow Loris family at their most active time of day! After, grab dinner at The TGP Café lit up at night and have the most spook-tacular night!
Every Wednesday from 7-9 pm
SNORKEL WITH PIRANHAS
If you’re feeling EXTRA brave, why not snorkel with the piranhas? You actually get the chance to gear up with a wet suit and go behind the scenes to the ‘meat kitchen’ whilst receiving a full brief from the bio-dome’s expert biologist and receiving a back of house tour.
The experience will take place during the daily piranha feeding frenzy between 4-5pm. Here you’ll get a chance to feed and learn about multiple species, before taking the plunge and assist with feeding the Pacu Fish their veggies and witness over 1,000 of the notorious fish devour full chickens and turkeys, before being lowered into the tank. This once in a lifetime experience is open to anyone over the age of 6 and to those who are confident and comfortable swimming.
The ‘Snorkel with the Piranhas’ experience will be inside the water with a safe 1.5-meter distance while you watch through your goggles as the feeding frenzy takes place!
5. Dubai's Largest Pumpkin Patch
It’s Halloween season and that means PUMPKINS! Town Square Park is giving you and the kiddos a chance to experience Dubai’s Largest Pumpkin Patch just in time for the spookiest time of the year. The space will be decked out in the best Fall and Halloween decorations making it the perfect spot to visit and take memorable pictures. Insta-story, anyone?
And that’s not all: all sorts of fantastic entertainment will be on show with jugglers and acrobats spring out from every corner. The littles can also enjoy the Kids Play Area, Kids Fountain, Splash Pad Water Park, Kid Train, and Carousel.
Social distancing and sanitisation procedures will be in place throughout the park to ensure the health and safety of visitors.
Some activities may only be available in the afternoon.
6. Chilling Thrills and Haunted Trails at Bluewaters
This Halloween, Bluewaters is hosting a thrilling virtual trick-or-treat trail through its avenues for your and your kiddos celebrating Halloween from Thursday, 29 to Saturday, 31 October.
You and the kids can access a digital map of the exciting trick or treat trail at Bluewaters throughout the spooky holiday weekend by scanning a QR code displayed across the venue. The map will also be accessible on the Bluewaters website.
Outlets participating in the trick or treat trail include Basanti & Co., Jelly Belly, Ketch Up, London Slide, Mitts & Trays, Merika Café, Puerto 99, Seedology, Scarlet’s Bakery & Patisserie, This is Hot Dog, Tete, and Un Dimanche a Paris.
The Island is all set to welcome brave adventurers with many thrills along the trail, from an encounter with the notorious Jack the Ripper and his bride at The London Project to discovering ghoulishly good scoops of flavour at Jelly Belly and brain cakes at Scarlet’s Bakery & Patisserie.
For those enjoying the Halloween spirit at home, Bluewaters is posting costume ideas courtesy of The Little Things on its social media channels. Online viewers will also get a chance to create inspirational seasonal treats in collaboration with F&B retailers.
7. Halloween Fright Nights at Motiongate Dubai
Prepare yourselves for an unforgettable night of scares as the popular Halloween Fright Nights returns to Motiongate Dubai for its 3rd and spookiest edition yet!
Guests can expect a live horror show performed at the Hollywood Theater which will feature a 20-minute chronicle around the grim story of The Collector and his epic fight with the Hollow Heart Beast.
In addition, a horror maze right out of your worst nightmares awaits at The Underworld where you join a secret society formed by The Collector to capture an ancient creature that hides in the old cursed crypt.
For your littlest monsters, there will be some ‘Not-So-Spooky’ activities planned like photo-ops with your favourite characters, free Halloween candies up for grabs and live Halloween appearances in key zones across Motiongate Dubai.
Not just that, you can even be spotted by secret judges roaming the park who will be on the look-out for the best and the wackiest Halloween costumes to award you some exciting prizes!
8. SuperBrunch - Halloween Edition
Spend this Halloween at 3 spooky brunches along with your favourite superheroes! Dig into over 200 dishes served from around the world with live BBQ grills and food from three different restaurants that are sure to satisfy every monster’s cravings.
And that’s not all – go dressed in your best costumes and win some cool prizes!
9. A Very Spook-tacular Halloween at City Centre Me'aisem
This Halloween is going to be a fun one. Shop for AED 200 at City Centre Me’aisem and be a part of exciting activities, workshops and more. There’s even a grand costume competition hosted by the ever so silly, Magic Phil for your kiddos to show off their favourite characters.
And don’t forget to join in on Halloween day itself for the thrilling Halloween Run!
The workshops are exclusive for Share members, so be sure to get yourself signed up for the free rewards app.
10. Haunted House at Wavehouse
From Ghoulies and Ghoosties, long-leggety Beasties, and Things that go Bump in the Night – Haunted House, anyone? Go on in but only if you dare…
Enjoy freaky bites, desserts and take part in Atlantis, The Palm’s Haunted House. Don’t forget to wear your best costume to win amazing prizes, and dance to the freaky beats of the DJ.
11. The Ultimate Garden Brunch - Halloween Style
Get into the Halloween spirit with Bab Al Shams as the beautiful desert getaway transforms into a spooktacular family affair with its nightmarish spread of fun, laughter and delights.
Your kiddos can expect Halloween decorations, a spread of Halloween-themed food, live entertainment such as a magician, juggler and live band too! There is even a designated kids’ play area and fun pony and camel rides for your littles.
12. Camelback Trick or Treat
For the first time, trick or treating is receiving a very Dubai makeover – with Sonara Camp taking the traditional Halloween custom into the desert, on camels!
This Halloween weekend, your kids will be taken on a thrilling camelback adventure into the desert where they will be met by ghosts and ghouls, who will trick them with a surprise or treat them to yummy goodies during their trek.
In addition, Sonara Camp will be hosting a scary-movie screening with popcorn, a cupcake making station and also interactive pumpkin carving in collaboration with Top Chef.
13. QE2 Halloween Family Fest
Eat, drink and get spooky at the QE2 Halloween Family Fest! Devour a deliciously frightening feast and send the little ones to the ‘haunted ghost hall play area’. A live band and free-flowing beverages will keep the adults entertained whilst a ‘Haunted Bridge Tour’ is available for adults and children from 6pm to 9pm, for an additional fee.
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14. Halloween at The Galleria Al Maryah Island
Join The Galleria’s digital Scavenger Hunt, where your kids will need to solve a series of clues to find six Halloween characters hidden around the mall. Once the hunt is completed, and all characters are found, your kiddos will be rewarded with tasty Halloween candies which can be redeemed from a contactless vending machine.
The Scavenger Hunt will run on Friday 30th October and Saturday 31st October during mall opening hours. Keep an eye on The Galleria’s social channels throughout the weekend for hints and tips to help you and your kiddies on your hunt. But that’s not all! If your children show up to the mall in Halloween costumes, they’ll be rewarded with a treat from Guest Services from October 30th to 31st.
15. Spooky Celebrations at Warner Bros. World
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is hosting yet another round of excitingly spooky celebrations! You and the family can join the celebrations alongside beloved Cartoon Junction characters including Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Scooby, Shaggy, as well as Tweety and Sylvester!
Dress up yourself and the kiddos in your favourite scary costume and head on to Cartoon Junction to experience all things spooky. From spider webs to carved pumpkins, littles ones can join the celebrations as the Looney Tunes dress in their best disguises.
16. Family Halloween Brunch
Monsters and witches, round up your gang and join two fang-tastic family-friendly Halloween Brunches creeping up this weekend! Get ready to sink your teeth into some spooky themed dishes, and feel free to come dressed in your most ghoulish costumes!
17. Halloween at Sofra
Have a spooky family Halloween at Sofra where you and the kiddos can dig into an international dinner and lunch buffet offering a variety of live stations. The kiddies will enjoy painting for Halloween in the kids corner, and if you show up in a Halloween costume, you might win dinner for two at Sofra!
Guests dressed in glamorous Halloween costumes will enjoy 50% off on their own meal from the bill.
Or how about visiting a ghost town?
Al Madam Ghost Village
Take a trip to the abandoned village in Al Madam. See if the rumours are true for yourself that an evil force was supposedly responsible for driving the residents away. Alongside the unwelcome sand storms and fierce winds that are slowly swallowing the abandoned place. Better yet, forget the creepy rumours and enjoy the massive outdoor spaces that are the perfect opportunity for 4×4 drifting and sand-duning.
The place is deliciously eerie and a perfect place to hand your older kids a camera and let them snap away.The village is accessible through desert sands, so head there in a 4×4. Alternatively, you can walk about 500m from the end of the tarmac road.
Ghost Town - Al Jazirat Al Hamra
Explore the mystery of Ras Al Khaimah’s Ghost Town, built in the 14th century and home to thousands of pearl fishermen who suddenly abandoned their homes in the 20th century. Rumours say that the place is haunted – so if you and your family are up for a spook, head there for a bit of adventure.