Halloween is almost upon us, so it’s time to pick out the scariest costume you can find and get ready to celebrate all things that go bump in the night.
A number of notable venues in Abu Dhabi are launching events – from brunches to murder-mystery nights – for the occasion, and with October 31 falling on a Sunday this year, you know that Halloween weekend is going to be packed.
Here’s a look at the best spots for tricks and treats across the capital.
The Lawn, Al Maryah Island
A “Monster Village” will be set up at The Lawn, outside The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, to delight youngsters for Halloween. Expect themed decorations and plenty of activities to keep the children busy, including mask-making, jack-o-lantern-carving, pumpkin-painting and treat bag-crafting. There will also be games (think Ghost Darts, Vampire Tooth Knockout and the Wicked Witches Hat Toss), prizes to be won and live entertainment.
Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29, 4.30pm-10.30pm; various prices; The Lawn, outside The Galleria, Al Maryah Island; thegalleria.ae
Bab Al Nojoom
The luxury camping experience in Abu Dhabi has plenty of spooks and scares lined up this Halloween. Families can expect a treasure hunt, face-painting and music, and can then head to 28 Degrees for ghost stories – fun for the whole family.
Friday, October 29; from 7pm; Dh250 for adults, Dh125 for 5 to 12-years-olds; babalnojoum.com
Droplets by Caboodle
It’s a day of spooks and scares over at the interactive play area for children on Sunday, October 31. From 2pm to 6pm, expect a range of Halloween-themed activities, including a trick-or-treat extravaganza, arts and crafts, music, hand-painting and more. Make sure youngsters are dressed in their Halloween best for a chance to win plenty of prizes. This is suitable for children aged up to 6 and they should all be accompanied by an adult.
Sunday, October 31; 2pm-6pm; Dh99 for two hours; The Galleria Al Maryah Island; 02 584 9548 or WhatsApp 055 800 2781; dropletsbycaboodle.ae
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Make this Halloween one to remember by spending it kayaking into the night. The still waters of the world-famous art museum make for a perfect spooky setting and, to add to the vibe, Louvre Abu Dhabi is inviting kayakers to dress up in costume during the two evening sessions on Sunday, October 31 – the scarier the better.
Sunday, October 31, 7.30pm and 9pm; Dh126 each; Louvre Abu Dhabi; louvreabudhabi.ae
Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi
The indoor theme park is having a month of spooktacular events to celebrate the season. Every week throughout October will be Frightful Friday at Gotham City, with villains planning a takeover and two new DC supervillains making an appearance. On Saturdays, families can go on a mystery-solving adventure with Scooby-Doo and the gang. All they have to do is pick up a Scooby’s Trickity Treats Map from the entrance, find the treat stations, get stamped and take the goodies.
Meanwhile, Cartoon Junction will be transformed – think carved pumpkins, dangling spiderwebs, scarecrows and Looney Tunes characters dressed to spook.
Finally, for ladies, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi is introducing its first costume-themed Women of Warner ladies' night on Tuesday, October 26, from 6pm to 11pm. No men allowed.
Every Friday and Saturday throughout October; Dh295 for a single-day ticket; Yas Island; wbworldabudhabi.com
The water park is hosting "Bandits Boo", a Halloween special on Friday. The "fa-boo-lous" evening will include bandit performances, and the youngsters can go trick or treating and gather candy from the spooky cabana trail. Meanwhile, all the Yas Waterworld characters will be dressed in their spookiest best on the eerie evening.
Friday, October 29; 4pm to 7pm; Dh270 for one and Dh810 for three tickets; Yas Island; yaswaterworld.com/en/events/spooktacular
For the foodies
Coya Abu Dhabi
The Peruvian hot spot is pulling out all the stops with a spooky night brunch dubbed “The Uncontacted Tribe” on Thursday, October 28. The theme is loosely based on a tribe that operates within the Amazonian rainforest and rumour has it that some members will be making their way to the UAE, ready to party, that evening.
A specially curated playlist, a set-up inspired by the rainforest, and Coya’s famous ceviches, maki rolls, sashimi and chicken baos, will make this an evening to remember.
Thursday, October 28, from 6.30pm; prices start at Dh650; The Galleria, Al Maryah Island; 02 306 7000, coyarestaurant.com
Cove Beach Abu Dhabi
Dress to impress, or to match with your partner, as Cove Beach Abu Dhabi will be holding Best Costume as well as Best-Dressed Couple Costume competitions at a special Halloween bash. Visitors on the day will also find the beach club transformed as the venue is giving a spooky twist to its Sunday party Garden on the Cove. Deep techno beats, themed food and beverages, and scary decor will make this an afternoon to remember.
Saturday, October 30; 1pm-5pm; Dh299 for unlimited drinks and 20 per cent off the menu; 056 398 7895; covebeachabudhabi.com
PJ O’ Reilly’s
For a good ol' whodunnit, head over to the classic Irish pub, which will be hosting two murder mystery dinners, in partnership with In The Details events. Guests will be encouraged to solve clues, interpret evidence and find the murderer – and costumes are highly recommended, of course.
Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29, from 7pm; from Dh250; Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street; 02 695 0515; pjspubabudhabi.com
Stars ‘n’ Bars
Party the day and night away at the sports pub, which will be hosting an American Horror Story-themed six-hour brunch on Friday, October 29. Expect tasty treats and themed decor, and the best-dressed guest will win a Dh2,000 cash prize.
Friday, October 29, 1pm-7pm; Dh299; Yas Marina, Yas Island; starsnbars.ae
Head over to the laid-back lounge, which will be transformed into the “Haunted Halls of Hallgloween” for a spectacular three-day special. Contests, prizes and costumes are expected and there will be a live performance by the resident sax player. Meanwhile, the chef has prepared a menu complete with monster popcorn, Frankenstein nachos and spooky pizza.
Friday to Sunday, October 29 to 31, from 6pm; Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island; rosewoodhotels.com
The Latin-American restaurant is celebrating Halloween with a Dia de los Muertos brunch on Friday, October 29. The adults-only meal will feature live entertainment and spooky decor, and guests are encouraged to wear their creepiest costumes to win prizes. Meanwhile, on the menu are hot and cold sharing-style starters, which will be followed by a choice of a signature main and a dessert.
Friday, October 29, 2pm to 5pm; Dh295; Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers; Corniche Road; 02 811 5666; etihadtowers.FBreservations@conradhotels.com