1. Escape from Zombies on the Contagion Run!
You might be a bit stiff after taking part in this monstrously fun marathon. Similar to the ‘zombie runs’ held in numerous cities worldwide, the race is organised by the people behind Comic-Con and sees competitors, or ‘survivors’, dodge freaks dressed à la Dawn of the Dead as they tackle a 5km obstacle run. You can play a zombie yourself, if you prefer, in which case make-up will be provided. After-parties are due to place at two branches of McGettigan’s and everyone’s welcome to join in the festivities, which will include drink deals, prizes and a ‘dead’icated selfie graveyard zone.
INFO: 4pm, Fri 31 Oct, Dhs300 for ‘survivors’, Dhs50 for ‘zombies’, Nad Al Sheba Bike and Jogging Track, 050 718 5104, register via link at www.contagionrun.com by Fri 24 Oct. Late registration may be possible – email email@example.com for details. Party: 8pm-2am, free, McGettigan’s JLT and DWTC branches, 04 378 0800, www.facebook.com/mcgettigansdwtc, www.mcgettigans.com
2. It’s Slasher Chic at Cirque le Soir’s Serial-Killer Party
You’ll catch freaks any night of the week at this circus-style club, which is hosting not one, but two Halloween events. The first features sets from DJs Jack and Enzo Mirak, while on the big night itself, Nick Tohme will take to the decks. Each event has a serial-killer theme – dressing as a fictional one might be the less offensive option.
INFO: 10.30pm-3am, Thu 30-Fri 31 Oct, minimum spend applies, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Rd, 04 332 4900, 050 995 5400, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cirquelesoir.com/dubai
3. Catch DJ Jazzy Jeff at Barasti’s party!
The Fresh Prince’s faithful sidekick is back in town for the Halloween Zombie Fest. We wonder whether Will Smith’ll join him this time?
INFO: 11am-3am, Fri 31 Oct, free, Barasti Beach Bar, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Rd, 04 318 1313, www.barastibeach.com
4. Have a Scream at Wild Wadi!
A walk-through attraction will be the world’s first haunted house to take up residence in a water park. Head down through Haunted Heights to glimpse the vengeful ghost who’s taken up residence, or head to the Trick or Treat sweet stations, suitable for younger kids. INFO: 1pm-6pm daily until Sat 8 Nov, Dhs295, Dhs235 for visitors under 1.1m tall, price includes single admission to haunted house or trick or treat zone, Jumeirah Rd, 04 348 4444, www.jumeirah.com/Wild-Wadi-Water-Park
5. Zone in on Zero Gravity for some monster cash prizes!
Hosted by DJs Tim Cheddar, Soulninja and Virgin Radio’s Big Rossi, it’ll feature a spooktacular stage show when the clock strikes midnight! Dhs50,000 will be up for grabs, to be split between 16 winners in eight categories. One word of warning, however – prizes will be awarded for creativity and originality as well as for the fear factor, so don’t just hire the priciest costume you can find. More than 8,000 witches, demons and ghouls turned up to last year’s event, so competition may be stiffer than a zombie after a Zumba class.
INFO: 7pm-3am, Thu 30 Oct, entry free for women and Dhs50 for men until 9pm, Dhs100 for both afterwards, Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai drop zone, off Al Sufouh Rd, 04 399 0009, 0-gravity.ae
6. Get Your Metal Fix at The Music Room Masquerade
Rock out to spooky songs as a series of local acts get up on stage for the Halloween Masquerade. Names on the line-up include Nervecell, Aramaic, Point of View, indie band Behold the Locus and industrial/groove metal ensemble Coat of Arms, from Qatar.
INFO: 8pm-3am, Fri 31 Oct, Dhs70 advance, Dhs90 on the door, book at www.platinumlist.net, The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Al Mankhool Rd, Bur Dubai, 04 359 8888, www.facebook.com/musicroomdubai
7. Get Stage Fright at the CourtYard Playhouse
See actors do battle in a series of spooky improvised scenes, from impromptu songs to a rumoured zombie apocalypse as they compete to impress a panel of judges.
INFO: 7pm and 9pm, Fri 31 Oct, Dhs60, half-price if you wear fancy dress, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz Industrial Area 1, St 4B, Dubai, 050 986 1761, www.courtyardplayhouse.com
8. Turn a Ghoulish Shade of Green at the Irish Village
Join in the craic with fangtastic games for all ages, plus don your spookiest costume for the chance to win a prize. Performances from singers and DJ Marky Mark will add to the party atmosphere, meaning you can strut some killer moves.
INFO: Free, kids welcome until 9.30pm, Fri 31 Oct, The Irish Village Dubai, Al Garhoud, www.theirishvillage.com
9. Go Underground for scary movies at the Habtoor Grand
Horror films shown on a big screen will be the backdrop for the Underground Pub’s party,
which will also feature games, gruesome-looking grub and festive cocktails served in pumpkins, plus prizes for the best fancy dress costumes.
INFO: From 4pm, Fri 31 Oct, Underground Pub, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai Marina, 04 408 4257, www.facebook.com/habtoorgrandresortandspa
10. Brave the Dark at Bab Al Shams Desert resort & Spa
Rooftop restaurant Sunset Lounge will come alive with decorations as guests watch a horror film under the stars before November’s ushered in with a spectacular fireworks display. Dress creatively for your chance to win a prize before bedtime, but remember: in the desert, no one can hear you scream…
INFO: 6pm-1am, Fri 31 Oct, Dhs150 minimum spend on food and drinks, Al Sarab, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, 04 809 6194
Fearfully Fun Feasts
With restaurants falling over themselves to offer Halloween-themed events, here’s our pick of Dubai’s most devilish dining options…
11. Prepare for death by chocolate at Sanabel, where you can binge on all things cocoa-related as well as sampling spooky pastries, Bloody Marys and blood-red punch.
Wear your scariest costume and you could win a Taste of Japan dining experience for four.
INFO: 12.30pm-4pm, Fri 31 Oct, Dhs175 with soft drinks, Dhs275 with house drinks, Dhs375 with bubbly, Sanabel, Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Hotel, 04 377 2353, www.sanabelrestaurantdubai.com
12. Plump for pumpkin at Italian haunt Náis, where the fruit will find its way into pie, soup, ravioli and even quiche.
INFO: 11am-9pm, Thu 30 Oct, HDS Tower, Ground Floor, Cluster F, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, 04 452 9991, naiskitchen.com
13. It’s an all-day adventure at Italian eatery RIVA, which kicks off proceedings with a children’s party that morphs into a very adult affair after dark!
INFO: 10am-2pm for kids, 7pm-12midnight for adults, Fri 31 Oct, free, RIVA Ristorante, Bar & Beach, Shoreline Building 8, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 430 9466, www.riva-beach.com