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 makeup 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Wear your scariest costume and you could win a Taste of Japan dining experience for four.