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How to Have a Hauntingly Good Halloween in Abu Dhabi!

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner

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 that whilst mask rules have been dropped in Abu Dhabi for indoor events, a green pass on Al Hosn is still required for all those over 16 at any public spaces or events.

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

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

In addition to their normal fun lineup of events and attractions, guests can enjoy meeting five new characters and family-friendly experiences, including Gotham City’s Most Wanted and Twick or Tweet activities.

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 an immersive experience in the Museum of Mysteries, and for the first time, Scooby and Shaggy will also be joined by Daphne, Velma and Fred.

Twick or Tweet will see guest purchase a candy bag that can be filled with Tricity Treats at candy stations and collect stamps, running 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily.

Meanwhile, in the criminal underworld of Gotham City, Poison Ivy and Two-Face will be joining the villainous lineup with an entertaining new pop-up show, “Gotham City Sirens.”

Where is it? Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (you can extend your spooky occasion 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. Note that 26 October 2022 is reserved for ladies only.

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)

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NB – Residents who’ve been considering the Yas theme park annual passes, they’re running their 4 for 3 special again this month, or Day passes also 4 for the price of 3 with your EID.

Bandit’s Boo Yas Waterworld

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 Island, Abu Dhabi

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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

World of Spooks on Al Maryah Island

A special weekend event on Al Maryah Island, the World of Spooks 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.

There will also be three live shows on centre stage each day:

  • 5:00 pm Alice in Wonderland
  • 7:30 pm Le Cirque
  • 9:30 pm Under the Sea

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.

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

When is it? October 28 & 29, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

What does it cost? 10 AED for every adult and child to enter (every attendee gets entered in a prize draw too!)

Additional activities will cost 10 AED each – including face painting, wand making, shimmer potions and many more Halloween-related crafts and activities.

Spooky Nights At Circuit X

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 to 30 October 2022, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

What does it cost? Tickets start from 60AED

Dark Room

What better way to celebrate Halloween than in Abu Dhabi’s first and most thrilling escape room?

Dark Room has three terrifying rooms to choose from – The Basement, Hill House of the Ritual. Are you looking to battle deranged serial killers, ghosts or the supernatural to survive (or last out your 60 minutes!)? With real actors, it is definitely one of the most terrifying experiences you can have in Abu Dhabi this Halloween.

Grab your group and get your thrills on at one of the best indoor entertainment venues in Abu Dhabi for your teens.

Where is it? 258 Khaleej Al Arabi St, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi

When is it? Open daily throughout the year for your ghastly delight, 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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What does it cost? Starting at 210 AED for 2 or 130 AED per person group up to 10

Halloween Brunch

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

PJ O’Reilly’s Murder Mystery Brunch

Ready for a who dunnit? The Halloween Murder Mystery Brunch at PJ’s, in conjunction with party experts In The Detail Events, will see you enjoying a fabulous evening of pub staples and 3 hours of free-flowing beverages while your table works its way through a series of riddles and clues.

Who will be the fastest detective and best dressed in line for prizes at this year’s event?

Where is it? PJ O’Reillys, Le Royal Meridien, Khalifa St, Abu Dhabi

When is it? Friday, 28 October 2022, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

What does it cost? 295 AED per person house package

Coya Yalloween Party

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? Saturday, 29 October 6:30 pm until late

What does it cost? Pisco Bar and enclosed terrace have a minimum spend after 8:30 pm, 500 AED pp

Bambu

Be sure to come in fancy dress for the Day of the Dead celebration (Dia De Los Muertos) and enjoy 3 hours of Pan-Asian cuisine paired with free-flow drinks at this fun party venue hotel in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

Where is it? 17th Floor, Cristal Hotel, Elektra Street, Abu Dhabi

When is it? 29 October 2022, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm + afterparty

What does it cost? 250 AED brunch packages

Stars N Bars Stranger Things Brunch

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!

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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.

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