People shop for Halloween costumes at Mr. Ben. Image Credit: Francois Nel

Dubai

The Act, Shangri-La Dubai: Tower of Terror Halloween party with horror acts, blood-curdling cocktails, illusions and stunts. New acts have been flown in to perform in a ghoulish ride up the “Tower of Terror” to access The Act Dubai’s 42nd floor location. Costume essential; call 052-8119900.

Atlantis The Palm: DJ Tim Cheddar returns for the sixth year for another Monster Halloween costume party, with Dh30,000 up for grabs in prize money for the best costumes in the best/scariest male, female, couple and group categories. Alongside the DJ, a pirate-themed party is a skeleton crew of shipwrecked entertainers, stilt walkers, fire-eaters and an on-stage horror show at the stroke of midnight. Doors open at 5pm; free for ladies and Dh50 for men before 8pm; Dh100 after 8pm. 21+ only; call 055-2004321.

Cafe Habana: House of Horror with special menu and ghostly cocktails and resident DJ. On Friday, Fiesta brunch celebrates Mexican Day of The Dead. Call 04-4222620.

Caramel: Prizes to be won for best costumes, the theme is black and white. Call 04-4256677.

Claw: Rhinestone Cowboy Halloween bash with Halloween speciality drinks, bull riding, live entertainment and Claw’s first costume party. The guest with the best Rhinestone Cowboy costume will receive a free dinner for four, and there will be special prizes for anyone dressed up as a crab cowboy. From 6pm.

District Lounge, DIFC: Halloween-themed cocktails served by District zombies; costumes optional but there is a prize for the best dressed. Ladies get two free cocktails and a selection of canapés, 8-11pm. Call 050-8802285.

Embassy, Grosvenor House: Monsters’ Ball costume party with prizes totalling more than Dh34,000 for best dressed couple, male, female and group and best costume.

Hard Rock Cafe, Festival City: Costume party from 7pm; call 04-2328900.

Kitakits, Marco Polo Hotel: Come in your best costume and stand a chance to win a weekend stay for two at the hotel, with breakfast for two and a brunch buffet party for eight of your friends. October 31. CAll 04 2720000 or 0555145886

Kiza@The Lodge: Halloween party with Akon’s Dj Benny Demus, dress to scare, with prizes for the best group, couple, male and female costumes. Doors open 9pm; 21+ only. Call 04-3372265.

Latitude, Jumeirah Beach Hotel: Halloween buffet with autumn favourites and spooky tunes by the live band and children’s entertainment, 6.30-11pm, from Dh315. Ocean Blue, at the same hotel, has a Halloween BBQ night, 6pm-midnight, from Dh350. Call 04-4068999.

Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Lounge, Le Royal Meridien: Costume party with a Mexican twist with more than Dh35,000 worth of prizes.

Mo*Vida: Crime Scene Halloween; costume required, the best dressed wins a complimentary table on the night. Call 04-3866844.

Music Room: Kapow superheroes Halloween, doors open from 9pm, over 21 only. Dh50, free entry for those in costume with prizes for best dressed. Call 04-3598888.

QUBE Sports Bar, Meydan: Fancy dress party at the spookily-decorated venue with prizes from Meydan, including passes for the Meydan Beach on JBR Walk. 7pm-2am with DJs, drinks deals and horror-themed mixed drinks. They also serve the terrifying Infernooo! Burger, which claims to be the spiciest burger in the UAE. Go to facebook.com/qubesportsbar

Underground, Habtoor Grand: Halloween celebrations with décor, costumes, prizes, scary movies on the flat-screens and live music from 7pm. Best costume wins a spa treatment at Elixir Health Club & Spa or a dinner for two at the hotel’s Thai restaurant, Fish Bazaar. Call 04-4084257.

VIP Room: The theme is ‘I know what you did last summer’. Reservations only; call 052-8818888.

Voda Bar, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray: Costume competition with prizes at midnight alongside sushi and sashimi with a spooky twist by Chef Leonard Tanyag and premium Halloween inspired beverages, 6pm-2am. Call 04-4530444.

Abu Dhabi

Glo, Rosewood Abu Dhabi: Glovil night with Drezzil and DJ Koast, dresscode is “haunted chic”. Call 02-8135565 for tables.

Tilal Liwa Hotel: The hotel in the Rub Al Khali Desert has a weekend package (deluxe room, Dh599 per night) with free entry and complimentary drink for one person at Layalina Bar’s Halloween party. Costume contest and a live band and karaoke show. Package includes buffet breakfast for two adults and two children under 12 years. Offer valid on October 31-November 1, 2013 on double occupancy basis. Call 02-8946111.

For kids

Al Tamimi Stables: Pumpkin carving competition at the Sharjah animal farm on October 31, 9am-6pm with Halloween games, including apple bobbing. Call 06-743 1122. 

Blossom Early Learning Centre: Mean Green eco-themed Halloween party, 1-3pm with trick or treat games, face painting, photo BOOth, Gulf Star sports, bouncy castle, Dubai Drums, Posh Paws. Entrance is free; receive tokens for the activity stations by wearing a costume made from recycled materials or participate in the Blossom Can Collection by bringing empty drink, vegetable and milk cans. email alissa@theblossomnursery.com

BookMunch Cafe: Scary stories, pumpkin carving, face-painting, ghostly decorations and treats including pumpkin soup and spaghetti with eyeballs.

Lunch, 1-3.30pm, story time at 3.30pm. Dh80 per child, visit bookmunchcafe.com.

Fun City: Spookfest all Fun City outlets from 3-6pm with Halloween games, pumpkin carving competition, treasure hunt and costume competition. Registration open to children 1-12 years, Dh50, includes a kids meal. 

Lafayette Gourmet: The Dubai Mall food hall’s Thursday and Friday brunch, 12.30-3.30pm, gets a Halloween theme for kids and grown-ups with spooky cupcake and cookie making and pumpkin carving, the hidden witch hat challenge and face painting. Dh145 per person (Dh65 for children aged 6-11; under 6 free). Call 04-3399933 ex 2255. 

Palermo, Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club: Family Halloween night, 6-9pm, with live entertainment, face painting, kids movie, bouncy castle. Dh169 including dinner and soft drinks; Dh85 per child 6-12. Call 04-3618111.