Want to get spooked? These Halloween events will be ‘scary’ fun

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From a quiz night to spooky-themed parties and film screenings, there are lots of reasons not to lock the doors this Halloween

If you think Halloween in Abu Dhabi is merely time to stock up on sweets for the trick or treat visitors, or forcing yourself to watch Annabelle or IT for the umpteenth time, then you’re in for a shocking surprise. To help make sure your Halloween in

Abu Dhabi is frightfully good, here are some of the creepy goings on and ghastly get togethers taking place around the city.

Boo-tiful art

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Design and Dine will land at the Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate’s rooftop and pool bar for a rather chilling installment of its live group painting session. Learn to paint a UAE landscape and enjoy unlimited ghostly food and bloody-curdling drinks. Participants wearing fancy dress will enjoy AED 20 off the joining fee. AED 290. 26th October. Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Al Maqta. 7pm-11pm. Contact: facebook.com/design.dine.ad

Reel scary

Gather the kids up and head to Little Smarties Nursery and Preschool for the screening of Hotel Transylvania 2. Food stations are on standby, should hunger pangs suddenly bite. Free. 26th October. 21st Street, Khalifa City. From 6pm. Contact: 02 556 5500, littlesmartiesnursery.com

Dracula (Adam Sandler), Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade), Murray the Mummy, Frank (Kevin James), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and Johnny (Andy Samberg) in Columbia Pictures' HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2.

Cinema Space is screening the German classic horror flick Nosferatu The Vampyre, a ‘stylistic’ remake of Dracula on 28th October, 7pm. Scheduled on 30th October, 7.30pm, is the Japanese supernatural movie Ugetsu. Free but RSVP required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. Visit: cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

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Mini monsters

Orange Wheels will host a trick or treat activity for kids at Al Wahda Mall followed by face painting and sweet cupcakes to wrap up the day. 26th October. Hazza Bin Zayed Street. From 3pm. Contact: 02 667 4411, orangewheels.com

Spooktacular at Yas Waterworld will see ghoulish bandits try to wrestle control of the waterpark. Costume-wearing kids are called to stop the plot through an exciting treasure hunting adventure. There will be trick or treating, a costume competition and access to park attractions. AED 250. 27th October. Yas Island. 10am-10pm. Contact: 02 496 8008, yaswaterworld.com

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The Halloween Family Fun Day at The Sportsman’s Arms will enchant kids with a magic show, arts and crafts, games, film screening and more. Parents, meanwhile, can enjoy a generous roast meal starting from AED 75. Free. 28th October. Zayed Sports City, Airport Road. 12pm-6pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, sportsmanszsc.com

A haunted maze, pumpkin carving demos, a costume parade – experience all these and more at Freaky Friday at Yas Marina. Plus, treats will be handed out to kids by the surrounding restaurants. Free. AED 30 for activities. 3rd November. Yas Island. 3pm-6.30pm. Visit: yasmarina.ae

Nightwalkers

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Inspired by the infamous desert festival, Burning Man, Blue Marlin Ibiza will become a dystopian playground through performances featuring extravagant outfits and decor,
and high-octane music from guest DJs. Dress up outrageously as a desert vagabond, tribesman or a psychedelic beachgoer – go crazy! Free entry. 27th October. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Ghantoot. 1pm-11pm. Contact: reservation@bluemarlinibiza-uae.com

What year was The Exorcist released? Who directed the horror classic The Shining?
Brandish your brainpower as the Blu Sky Lounge & Grill host a Halloween quiz night. Gather the gang as the resident quizmaster throws a series of themed questions at you in exchange (hopefully) for fun prizes. Drinks from AED 18+++. 31st October. Southern Sun  Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street. From 8pm. Contact: 02 818 4888, tsogosun.com/southern-sun-abu-dhabi

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The Rooftop in Aloft Al Ain will open its doors to party souls days before Halloween. Dance until dawn while clad in your scariest outfit for a chance to win cool prizes. 27th October. AED 100 includes two beverages. Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Towwaya, Al Ain. 7pm-2am. Contact: 03 713 8888, alain.bnf@alofthotels.com

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How to make your own boo cups

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Give life to Halloween parties with these yummy and easy-to-make treats from Lana’s Partiperfect…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Crushed Oreo cookies
  • 6-8 whipped cream
  • 3 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 disposable mini cups
  • 1 small bag of chocolate chips for the eyes

Pudding directions:

  • In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt
  • Gradually add milk, bring to a boil over medium heat, boil and stir for two minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in butter and vanilla
  • Add a layer of Oreo cookie crumbs at the bottom and then add chocolate pudding, then add another layer of cookie crumbs
  • Let it cool down and then chill in the fridge

Whipped cream directions:

  • Place mixer bowl and whisk in freezer for 20 minutes to chill
  • Pour heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla into cold bowl, whisk on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form, about one minute
  • Take pudding cups out of the fridge then add cream and eyes

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