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Hauntingly Good Halloween Celebrations in Abu Dhabi

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

The sunny skies and marginally milder days that descend upon Abu Dhabi in October might be deceiving, but make no mistake; Halloween is a Fall seasonal celebration that’s embraced in Abu Dhabi and the UAE!

Local children will undertake “traditional” trick or treat on the evening of 31 October, especially in the expat housing estates. However, elsewhere in the city, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the spooky month and get dressed up for the occasion in the weeks prior.

Note we will not get updates on what is running in 2024 until around early October – venues are notoriously slow to advertise in Abu Dhabi! The listing below includes events that were on in 2023 to help you plan your special night!

From family events to grown-up-only evenings, here’s what you can expect from Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations in Abu Dhabi this October.

Family Halloween Events in Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi Spooktober

A trip to Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi is one of the best family Halloween events in town for all the family to enjoy.

In addition to their normal fun lineup of events and attractions, during Spooktober, guests can enjoy meeting new characters and family-friendly experiences, including Gotham City’s Most Wanted and Trickety Treats Trail.

Poison Ivy new characheter reveal for Spooktober at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

As well as spooky season decor throughout the world’s largest indoor theme park, look out for immersive experiences such as Scooby-Doo and the Gang live on stage, Cartoon Junction Spooktober Meet and Grets and Daffy’s Spook Dance Party.

Trickety Treats Trail will see guests purchase a candy bag that can be filled with Trickety Treats at candy stations and collect stamps, running from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily.

Meanwhile, in the criminal underworld of Gotham City, Poison Ivy and Two-Face will join the villainous lineup with an entertaining new pop-up show, “Gotham City’s Most Wanted.”

Where is it? Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (you can extend your spooky occasion by staying at The WB™ Abu Dhabi, the World’s first Warner Bros-themed hotel right on the doorstep).

When’s it on? Festivities will be taking place for the entire month of October.

What does it cost? Free to annual pass holder or guest tickets at usual door prices 310 AED pp (candy bag and map activity additional charge)

Check out this 1-day 2-park pass for Yas Island Theme parks | Advance purchase tickets for WB World Abu Dhabi with Klook

Bandit’s Boo Yas Waterworld (TBC 2023)

A one-day-only special event will see the city’s favourite water park turned into a Spooktacular wonderland. There will be a live DJ on deck, plus performances by the Grave Digger Bandits, LED Drummers and an astounding sax player.

Boo Bandits for Yas Waterworld Halloween celebrations 29 October 2022

In addition, there will be a Trick or Treat with the Spooky Cabanas Treasure Hunt for kids to grab all their favourite candy so long as they keep an eye out for the mischievous bandits – Skinny and Chubby – who are always up to no good!

Where is it? Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

When’s it on? Saturday, 29 October 2022, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

What does it cost? Free to annual pass holder or guest tickets at usual door prices

Candyland Al Maryah Island- Confirmed 2023

A special weekend event on Al Maryah Island, Candyland will offer frightful delights from monster mask making to pumpkin crafts, make-your-own wand, and the Great Monster Eyeball Hunt, with hidden eyeballs around the venue.

Get the kids to come in their Halloween best, as there will be special treats for the best dressed and plenty of other prizes and giveaways. More details still TBC!

Where is it? South Plaza, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island

When is it? October 27 and 28 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM

What does it cost? TBC

Spooky Nights At Circuit X (TBC 2023)

Join in with a glow-in-the-dark adventure at the Circuit X ropes park on Hudayriyat Island this October. Held over three nights, kids can enjoy spooky creatures, scary heights, zip lines and free fall, all set to scary music and glowing lights, as well as a trick-or-treat around the park.

Where is it? Adventure Park, Hudayriyat Island, Abu Dhabi

When is it? 28 and 29 October 2023 – TBC 2023

What does it cost? Tickets start from 60AED (2022 price)

Halloween Brunch in Abu Dhabi 2023

There’s no excuse for the grown-ups to miss out on Halloween in Abu Dhabi; the last weekend in October has a jam-packed schedule. Here are some of the best to look out for:

Coya Yelloween Party – Confirmed 2023

Always one of Abu Dhabi’s favourite party venues, enjoy Peruvian cuisine paired with frightfully good cocktails and Coya’s resident DJ for what’s likely to be one of the liveliest Day of the Dead celebrations in Abu Dhabi!

Where is it? Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi

When is it? Friday 27 October 8:30pm to late; Saturday, 28 October, Brunch

What does it cost? TBC

Grills@Chill’O – Confirmed 2023

Experience a ghoulishly fun afternoon out while enjoying live musical performances by QBand Royal Duo at Brunch Ensoleille.

Frighteningly good cocktails will be served with a Halloween-inspired menu, whilst the little ones can join in the fun with Trick or treat activities, and prizes can be won for dressing up.

Pool access is also thrown in to sweeten the deal with your littles!

Where is it? Sofitel, Abu Dhabi Corniche

When is it? Saturday, 28 October 1:00 – 4:00 pm

What does it cost? Soft AED 285, add 125 AED for free flow drinks or + AED 350 for Pommery Champagne packages

Coopers – Confirmed 2023

A fun night out for the adults with scarily good prizes and best costume awards, you’ll be entertained by their House DJ and The Sonix Band.

Where is it? Coopers Bar and Restaurant, Park Rotana

When is it? Friday 27 October, from 7:00 PM

What does it cost? Drink specials from AED 35

Halloween-Themed Brunch At The Park

One of our favourite family al fresco brunches in the winter is back this month and will be putting on a special themed event on Saturday, 28 October. Details TBC

Where is it? Cafe Restaurant, Park Hyatt, Saadiyat Island

When is it? Saturday, 28 October 2023, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

What does it cost? AED 395pp soft (kids half price), AED 495pp House, AED730 Champagne

Stars N Bars – TBC 2023

Capping out our selection of adult Halloween brunch venues in 2022, grab the babysitter and get set for a solid 6-hour Halloween event at off-island favourite venue on the marina, Stars & Bars.

Drunch is in the Upside Down, and the best dressed can win a whopping 2000 AED! This is the one for those of you who think you can out-dress them all!

Where is it? Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

When is it? Saturday, 29 October 2022 12 noon to 6:00 pm

What does it cost? 299 AED per person

Where to get Halloween Costumes in Abu Dhabi

So, if you’re in the party mood and want to take out one of those best-dressed awards, where can you head in Abu Dhabi for costumes and creepy favourite accessories?

Posters – always a lifesaver for any sort of costume you need, in kids and adult sizes. You’ll find branches in Deerfields, Dalma Mall, the Framing Shop (Al Zahiyah), and online ordering.

Party Centre – another costume staple in Abu Dhabi – branches are in Al Wadha Mall and Al Raha Mall, or order online; they’ll also be able to help you with any themed accessories you can imagine.

Creative Minds – this new mega store in AD One tower (near ADNEC) is a true delight – any sort of costume and party-themed gear you can imagine

Party Camel – a reliable online favourite for some more unique pieces, plus, they’ll have all your party tableware and decorations if you’re looking to host something at home.

Amazon.ae – never lets you down!

We hope you enjoy a Halloween to remember in Abu Dhabi 2024! Any venues that would like to be added to our listing, please email abudhabitravelplanner@gmail.com


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