13 scary things to do in the UAE this Halloween

From zombie-infested assault courses to night-long parties, we’ve got your Halloween activities covered.

EDGAR staff October 26, 2014

1. Halloween at The Act Dubai: The Witching Hour - Thursday, October 30

Located on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, The Act Dubai is hosting a spooky show to celebrate Halloween for one night only. The delicious Peruvian food we know and love will still be on offer, but the performance will take on a far more terrifying tone than normal. Details: theactdubai.com

2. White Dubai: Angels and Demons Halloween Weekend - Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31

The usually pristine white nightclub located on Meydan Grandstand Rooftop will undergo a dark and gloomy makeover, with daunting gargoyle statues facing off against large figures of angels. Both nights will host impressive live shows, and guests will have to pick between good and evil. Details: whitedubai.com

3. Contagion Run Dubai - Friday, October 31

We've all wondered at some point whether we'd be able to survive a zombie apocalypse, but now you can find out for sure by entering into the Contagion Run 2014. In the first event of its kind to be held in Dubai, competitors will complete a 5km obstacle course while being chased by members of the undead, with only the strongest surviving to the end. Details: contagionrun.com

4. O1NE Yas Island: it's Halloween, Doll - Friday, October 31

If you were freaked out by the Chucky films, you'll be truly terrified by what O1NE Yas Island has in store on the 31st. The UAE's only standalone nightclub is hosting a creepy doll-themed evening as its first ever Halloween party, so prepare to be scared. Details: o1neyasisland.com O1NE Yas Island.

5. UBK, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers - Friday, October 31

For Halloween partygoers who really want to let their hair down, UBK's all-day party definitely won't disappoint. Starting with a relaxed weekend breakfast from 9.30am, the party really gets going at 3.30pm with the start of the famous Friday Drunch until 6.30pm, then Happy Hour drinks deals from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. All the while, those with the scariest costumes will win special prizes. Details moevenpick-hotels.com

6. Eight Abu Dhabi: Halloween Goes Hollywood - Friday, October 31 Dress to impress if you want to be in with a chance of winning a special mystery prize at Eight Abu Dhabi this Halloween. The theme is Hollywood, so think Wolverine, Avatar, Twilight or something even more spectacular in order to snag the prize. Details eightabudhabi.com

7. Okku Dubai, L.O.V.E Geisha Lust Halloween Party - Friday, October 31

With the unique theme of Geisha Lust - apparently meaning Japan's wickedest geishas returning from the afterlife - we're pretty sure that you won't find a Halloween party like this anywhere else in the UAE. Expect special themed cocktails, and impressive Oriental-inspired costumes, with the best fancy dress winning an amazing prize worth more than AED 10,000. Details: okku.com okku dubai. 8. Bā Restaurant & Lounge, Fairmont The Palm: Halloween/Birthday Party - Friday, October 31

Not only is Bā Restaurant & Lounge celebrating Halloween, but it just so happens that it'll also be the venue's first birthday, so expect a party to remember. Starting from 9pm, the party has a The Walking Dead theme, with the best-dressed person winning a full weekend stay at Fairmont The Palm with brunch. Details dineatba.com

9. Halloween at Madinat Jumeirah - Friday, October 31

With sumptuous and spooky Friday brunches as well as scary-themed dinners at both Mina a'Salam and Al Qasr this Halloween, Madinat Jumeriah is certainly not short of options. Free goody bags for kids and exciting prizes for the best costumes are on offer. Details: jumeirah.com

10. Societe Of The Dead - Friday, October 31

From 10pm on the 31st in the Marina Byblos Hotel, something scary will be lurking at retro nightclub Societe. The popular venue will be transformed into a haunted house, and the staff will morph into scary characters serving you special Halloween-themed cocktails. Fancy dress is positively encouraged. Details: societe.ae Societe Dubai 11. Iris Yas Island: A Dark Affair - Friday, October 31

Situated a stone's throw from the stunning Yas Marina Circuit, Iris Yas Island is throwing a Halloween party that's rather classier than your standard shindig. Guests will wear Venetian-style masks to conceal their identity, just like the upper-class soirées of the past. Details: irisabudhabi.com

12. Riva Beach Club's Halloween Adventure - Friday, October 31

Riva Beach Club on The Palm will play host to two Halloween events on Friday - one for the whole family and one just for adults. At 10am, the kids can enjoy a Halloween extravaganza with bouncy castles, face painting and puppet shows. However, come 7pm the big kids' party gets started, as there's a special Halloween menu and competition for best costume to win a complimentary food package. Details: riva-beach.com

13. Haunted Heights, Wild Wadi - Every day until November 8, 2014

Already home to one of Dubai's most feared water slides - the terrifying Jumeriah Sceirah - Wild Wadi has added another scary element to its arsenal with the UAE's first ever haunted house in a waterp ark, Haunted Heights. Those who are brave enough can enter between 1pm and 6pm every day. Details: jumeriah.com