Joshua seems to have been bitten by a hairy scary, Halloween crazy spider this year. We have a calendar up on the fridge to count down the days to our Christmas holiday – he has hijacked it and created a Halloween countdown command centre, complete with daily updates, hourly interrogation to ascertain what we will, in fact, be doing on the day and costume ideas. Considering that in all likelihood we would have just landed back in Dubai from visiting hubby in the UK, I think I will end up going as hyper-real “Zombie Mom” 🙂 Here are some of the event and party options that have made it onto Joshua’s not-so-short-list:
Feel the Fete 2017
Our community seems to have missed the Halloween boat this year, but the Feel the Fete event at the Canal Residence West, Retail Promenade in Dubai Sports City is both free entry and super convenient if you’re in our neck of the woods. There are loads of dining options, play areas, a great community vibe and suitable for all ages.
Aventura Nature Adventure Park
For slightly older kids, have a look at Aventure Nature Adventure Park which has just re-opened for the 2017/18 season. The park is in Mushrif Park and from the 20th – 31st October, they’ve created an entire “Haunted Forest” where kids and parents alike can get into the spooky spirit of Halloween with themed treats in the Cafe and the coolest decorations throughout the park. The main event is on Friday 27th October, where the park will be hosting an exciting Halloween fun day complete with a whole host of children’s activities including face painting, trick or treat, a photo booth, popcorn machine and lots of fun and games for the whole family.
Do note though, that currently the park is geared up for kids over the age of 6 years. There is a play area for the littles but do manage their ziplining expectations ahead of time to minimise meltdowns!
Spooky Treats at Tub of Butter
If you haven’t yet tried out Tub of Butter on Sheikh Zayed Road, this is the perfect excuse. There will have daily kids’ activities including Pumpkin decorating, creepy cookie decorating and chilling cupcake creations. Activities are AED100 each and you’ll need to book in advance, but the food is amazing and they have the most amazing latte art!
Bookings: + 971 4 343 8884
Halloween Family Puppet Workshop
Over the summer we attended the Sock Puppet Workshop at the JamJar so I was really excited to hear about their Halloween Puppet Workshop. The theme this time around is Shadow Puppets and you’ll be guided to make your own Monster Theatre, develop characters and storylines. This is an amazing option for families with kids 5 and up who are looking to do something creative together and get the kiddies away from their digital gadgets. The workshop costs AED350 per parent and child duo (add AED10 per additional person) and includes all materials required. You can sign-up online here.
Halloween Chocolate Pumpkins at Boutique le Chocolat
I love finding alternative and quirky activities for the boys to take part in. This chocolate pumpkin decorating class at Boutique le Chocolat, looks like a perfect fit for us, because, you know, chocolate…The activity is only AED65 per child and is running from the 27th – 31st October.
Bookings: +971 4 590 5075
Haunting Halloween at Kids HQ
Kids HQ is one of our absolute favourite play areas in Dubai, mostly because its a one-stop-shop for us, especially over the summer months when I was attending the Urban Energy fitness classes there. The boys love the atmosphere and the staff are amazing with them! Their Halloween party is on the 26th October and includes a visit from Magic Phil. Tickets are AED 100 per child (10% off for siblings) and you can book by calling them on +971 04 379 4233.
Host your own Halloween Bash!
You could always throw your own Halloween bash and considering the gorgeous decorations available at Party Camel, you may want to host more than one 🙂 They’ve put together an inspirational Halloween Party Ideas blog to get you started.