10 scary things to do in Dubai this Halloween

The best places in Dubai to spend the scariest weekend of the year. 

James Reynolds October 27, 2015

It’s that time of year to dig out your dusty vampire cape and put your make-up skills to the test, as Halloween rises from the dead once more. But where are the best places to go?

Once Upon a Time at Provocateur
Where: Provocateur, Four Seasons Dubai.
When: October 28, from 11pm.
What: Swanky Four Seasons nightspot Provacateur is encouraging guests to dress to distress this Halloween in fairytale costumes with a creepy twist. So whether you go for an evil Tinkerbell or a bloodthirsty Captain Hook, this R&B and Hip Hop night is bound to be one of the scariest in the city. Details: provocateurdubai.com

Garden of Sin
Where: Vii Dubai, Conrad Hotel.
When: October 31, from 8pm.
What: This Halloween Vii’s ‘Garden of Sin’ will host performances from aerial dancers, have special Halloween-themed cocktails and even on-site make-up artists to boost your chances of winning the ‘Best Costume’ prize. Details: viidubai.com

Where: Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai.
When: October 30 and 31, from 10.30pm.
What: This year Cirque Le Soir is preparing for what they call “the most shockingly horrific Halloween weekend of your lives”. It’s a bold claim, but with a whole host of terrifying performers lined up for the night, you may find yourself running back up Sheikh Zayed Road before you can even say “trick or treat”. Details: cirquelesoir.com

The Haunted Tavern 
Where: Crab Tavern, Media One Hotel.
When: October 31, 8pm – midnight.
What: Halloween isn’t just about horror, its got it’s own cuisine too! And when it comes to scary snacks, there are few better options than Crab Tavern’s Halloween brunch (AED 350), which includes special themed dishes such as Halloween fire wings, pumpkin and sage risotto and traditional toffee apples, as well as a selection of spooky cocktails. Plus, those who get there early can make the most of the happy hour from 5pm to 8pm with AED 25 drinks. Details: crabtavern.ae

Voodoo Island Weekend
Where: Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
When: October 29, 30 and 31, from 7pm.
What: Everyone’s favourite tiki bar Mahiki will be transformed into a spooky Voodoo Island, with displays of shrunken heads, voodoo dolls and skeletons, and tribal beats creating an eerie atmosphere. And remember, who knows what’s lurking in the shadows… Details: mahiki.ae

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Day of the Dead
Where: Poco Loco, The Beach, opposite JBR.
When: October 31, from 6pm.
What: As Halloween marks the ‘Day of the Dead’ in Mexican culture, it makes sense that Mexican restaurant Poco Loco will be pulling out all the stops. There’ll be live music, face painting and a traditional three-course set menu all for AED 185 a head. Details: pocoloco.ae

Twisted Angels 
Where: Cielo, The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
When: October 31, from 8pm.
What: This stylish rooftop-venue will be split into two sides – good versus evil – and you have the choice of representing either with your fancy dress. Make sure to make an effort, because there will be prizes for the best dressed on either side. Details: cielodubai.com

Halloween Treats at Fume
Where: Fume Dubai, Pier 7 or Manzil Downtown Dubai
When: October 31.
What: Fume is going all out for this year’s Halloween, with children’s costume competitions, themed mixologists and gory decorations on display at both of its outlets. On offer will be spelt pumpkin risotto with creamy scallops as well as baked pumpkin cheesecake, while mixologists will conjure scary concoctions such as Bloody Orange, Devil Martini and the Brain Damage shot. Details: fume-eatery.com

Ball of Horrors
Where: Movida Dubai, Radisson Royal.
When: October 31, from 11:00pm.
What: This Halloween sees Movida Dubai introduce the Ball of Horrors, and as the name suggests - this isn’t going to be your typical ball. Halloween fancy dress is mandatory, Jean B and a special guest will provide the music for the night, and it also happens to be ladies night, so the women drink for free. Details: movida-dubai.com

Dead Famous
Where: Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai.
When: October 30 and 31.
What: On Friday and Saturday, Cavalli Club will be hosting ‘Dead Famous’: a night of Hollywood glamour inspired by A-list legends who are no longer with us – think Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Frank Sinatra. There’ll be dancers, acrobats and, on the Friday, a special performance from Paris House Addict. Tickets start from AED 200 for ladies and AED 300 for gents including a welcome drink and canapés. Details: dubai.cavalliclub.com