Halloween parties Dubai 2022: the best brunches, freebies and family events (2023)

Dancing with sea sirens and raven geishas. Trick or treating on top of a camel. Scarecrow-decorating workshops. A roller disco with zombies and a fitness class with pumpkins.

There is little you won't find by way of entertainment in Dubai this Halloween. Here are our picks of the spookiest soirees you can sign up for.

Family-friendly fetes

Trick or treat at Al Seef

The team from the Museum of Illusions as well as the various F&B vendors at Al Seef promise children a Halloween to remember, with live entertainment, roaming performers, puppet shows, face painting and candy galore during trick-and-treat rounds. Those who dress up can participate in a costume show and competition.

October 29 and 30; 4pm-9pm; Dubai Creek

Scarecrows and more at Circle Mall

Hay bale slides. Pumpkin walls. Corn maze games. Circle Mall is going all out for — and well past — Halloween, with plenty of themed activities for children. Parents who want to shop or catch a bite can also sign up the kids for a scarecrow decorating workshop with trained staff on hand to oversee the little ones.

Until November 13; 10am-10pm; Jumeirah Village Circle; www.circlemall.ae

Kids eat free at Ella’s Eatery

The child-friendly restaurant will break out its best Halloween decor as well as offer little ones a free meal from the kid’s menu (think PB&J sandwiches and blueberry pancakes) for Halloween. Costumes — for parents and children — are encouraged, and pets are welcome, too.

October 30 and 31; 4pm-7pm; Palm Jumeirah; 04 557 9085

Spooky brunch at Farriers

If you’re looking for a child-friendly brunch, consider the one at The Meydan Hotel. Farriers restaurant comes with a Halloween-themed children’s play area offering games, face painting and balloon-bending. The little ones will enjoy dishes such as spider chocolate cakes, and pumpkin and “blood” mousse bowls, in addition to sushi stations, and teppanyaki and pasta counters. Gruesome gear recommended.

October 29, 1pm-4pm; from Dh249; Nad Al Sheba; 04 381 3111

Spooktober at IMG Worlds of Adventure

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The indoor amusement park is celebrating Halloween all month with all manner of eerie activities and entertainment across its six zones. On the cards are: entertainers in costume, mini Halloween towns, Skeleton Air Dancers, a rocking skeleton crew, a dark maze with a torture chamber, scary souqs, face painting, wicked slime mash and treasure hunts. On October 29, IMG will host a Festival of Fright bash at 8pm, with DJs Badir and Bliss, and a costume contest.

Until October 31; noon-10pm (weekdays) and noon-11pm (weekends); tickets from Dh149; Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road; www.imgworlds.com

The Roast by Bubbalicious brunch at Mina’s Kitchen

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Principal Lisa, a family expert from the UAE, will dress up as the witch from Julia Donaldson’s book Room on the Broom to meet, greet and read for children at this high-octane roast-style brunch at The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina. If that's not tempting enough to take the little ones to, the restaurant is also offering families sporting the spookiest costumes a chance to win a trip to Jungle Bay waterpark.

October 30, 1pm-4pm; from Dh200 (children under 6 eat free); Dubai Marina; 04 511 7373

Fright nights at Motiongate

The Hollywood-inspired theme park is celebrating Halloween all month as it transforms into spooky central. From horror mazes and scary street shows to monster parades, maniacal clowns and photo opportunities with The Boogeyman, there are plenty of thrills and chills around every corner — plus a not-so-scary zone for young children. Adults and brave youngsters can also explore the park’s various haunted houses — Lights Out takes visitors on a trip into the darkness as the electricity is rattled by evil spirits; in Slasher, a shadow haunts the halls and takes the shape of your greatest fears; and in Crypt of the Vampire, an ancient vampire’s coffin has gone missing, as have those who went looking for it.

Until October 31; 11am-9pm (Halloween activities start at 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday); from Dh295; Dubai Parks and Resorts; www.motiongate.com

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Creepy camp at Sonara

Dress up the kids and head for the desert this Halloween, as Sonara Camp puts on a spooky celebration on-site. From a trick-or-treat trek on camel-back and a movie under the stars, to pumpkin cookie decorating, face painting, live shows and themed arts and crafts, there’s plenty of creepy fun to be had at this camping site set on a sand dune.

October 29; from 4pm; from Dh250 for children aged 6 and above and from Dh580 for adults (children under 5 go free); Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve; 04 223 8011

Pumpkin carving at Isola Ristorante Italiano

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Get creative at the Italian restaurant located within Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse, which is inviting families to get their hands dirty and carve pumpkins into the spookiest scenes they can conjure. Think bared fangs, skull mugs and cannibalistic fruit.

October 30, 2pm-4pm; October 31, 4pm-6pm; Dh50 for a pumpkin and carving equipment; Jumeirah Islands; 04 583 3124

Ski Dubai

Head to the in-mall snow-covered slopes of Ski Dubai with the family for a fun day out. Some of the Halloween activations this year include: a trick-or-treat snow village; a treasure hunt of hidden cookies and lollipops; a face-painting corner; and a fortune teller and other spookily dressed staff. Further, the in-house Snow Cinema will play child-friendly, Halloween-themed movies from October 27 to 30, with screenings of Frankenweenie, Monsters University, Hotel Transylvania, The Addams Family and Goosebumps.

October 22 to 31; 4pm-9pm; Dh250 (with the Halloween upgrade); Mall of the Emirates; www.skidxb.com

Monster party at Legoland

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The theme park is going all out this month with a range of spooky but child-friendly activities on the cards, plus themed decor and F&B. It will also screen The Great Monster Chase, a Legoland-exclusive 4D movie that features hilarious attempts by four tweens trying to join a party hosted by Lord Vampyre and Spider Lady, which only allows monsters in. The 15-minute screening will be followed by a meet-and-greet with Lord Vampyre, who will lead the kids to perform their best scary moves, with costumes provided in-house. Elsewhere, families can create their own Lego pumpkins; join a monster brick or treat to collect Haribo candies scattered across the park; or even book the overnight Monster Sleepover package at Legoland Hotel. All children will go home with a complimentary monster-themed brick set.

Until October 31; 10am-7pm; from Dh295; Parks and Resorts; legoland.ae

Pumpkin patch at Myrra

The Greek and Spanish restaurant at Club Vista Mare will transform its beachfront into a massive pumpkin patch in the week leading up to Halloween. Filled with orange-hued pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, the patch offers a fun photo opportunity for the family, plus a face-painting station for children, and Halloween-inspired beverages and candy with a Greek twist.

October 24 to 31; noon-2am; a la carte menu; Palm Jumeirah; 04 770 1433

Cooking class at Mamalu Kitchen

The cooking studio at Depachika Food Hall by Lebanese entrepreneur Lama Jammal is all about quality, freshness and innovation. For Halloween, the venue is running a cooking camp for young chefs, where they can make marble cookies, creepy-crawlies pizza and more.

October 20 and 21; 10am-12.30pm; from Dh200; Nakeel Mall, Palm Jumeirah; 052 747 9512

Chilling entertainment

Haunted asylum at Barasti Beach Bar

The laid-back beachside venue will transform into a haunted asylum, complete with (faux) bloodbaths, zombies and coffins, as it prepares to launch a three-day “dark festival of delights” called Ritual Resurrection. Barasti has also roped in three international DJs for the weekend, with Drum Warrior kicking off the festival on October 28 with his percussion dance music tracks, followed by female electronic artist Mattn on October 29 and London trio Jaded on October 30.

October 28 to 30; 9pm onwards; free entry; Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Waterpark, Dubai Marina; 04 318 1313

Witchy workout at Bare

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Swap dumbbells for pumpkins and kill some calories at fitness studio Bare fitness. Don your creepiest (workout-friendly) costume and mask, and sign up for a Halloween-themed class that entails spider squats, zombie runs and weightlifting with the aforementioned pumpkins.

October 28; 5.30pm-6.30pm; Dh120; Business Bay; www.bare.fitness

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Dark fairytale at Billionaire

The dinner-and-show venue at Taj Dubai will transform into an enchanted but eerie fairy-land for four nights, with staff and entertainers decked up in costumes that bring to mind petrifying fables from over the centuries. On October 31, Halloween day, award-winning Italian DJ Joseph Capriati will helm a techno rave while chef Batuhan Piatti Zeynioglu serves signature dishes from the venue’s New-Asian menu.

October 28 to 31; 9pm-3am; from Dh1,000; Business Bay; 056 678 3357

House of Fear at Global Village

The beloved Dubai park reopens on October 25, with a creepy new attraction that coincides perfectly with Halloween. House of Fear is a haunted house built to international standards and fitted with the latest animatronic technology. On offer are nine experiences orchestrated by a team of actors. Try to keep your wits about you as you wander through a haunted cemetery, a hospital psych ward and even go past a screaming tree.

October 25 to April 29; 5pm-3am; from Dh18; Dubailand; globalvillage.ae

Sway with Samara at Ongaku

One of the scariest movies of all time, Ringu (The Ring) will come to life at Ongaku, the hidden club nestled within Clap Dubai. Think neon-lit interiors, themed F&B and TV screens playing the haunted videotape from the Japanese movie. A yet-to-be-revealed guest DJ will spin creepy tunes all night, so take your cues from child ghost Samara and let your hair down (literally) as you dance along in your spookiest best.

October 31; from 11pm; a la carte menu; DIFC; 04 569 3820

Purge at P7

An abandoned car park, kitted out with smoke machines and macabre decor, seems the ideal location for a Halloween celebration. Head to the car park on level 7 of Media One Hotel for Purge, a music festival put together by BeMoreThan Events, Diet Starts Tomorrow and Not Another Festival. The line-up of local and international DJs includes Crazy Cousinz, Gracious K (Live) Scottie B, Jevanni Letford, Adam Cotier, MC Charmer, Devarnio, Laflare, MC Tino and Rio Jay. There will be prizes for the best-dressed person, a make-up artist on-site, a dedicated “panic room” and VIP tables starting from Dh2,500.

October 28; 9pm-3am; from Dh100; Media City; 052 444 1743

Stylish as a vampire at Play

Nosferatu, Dracula, Lilith. No matter by what name you know the vampire, it’s undeniable that pop culture paints them as scary but sophisticated. This Halloween, dinner-and-show venue Play at The H Dubai will combine the two traits and transform into Nosferatu’s castle for three nights, complete with wildflowers, candle lighting and blood-red decor, plus hauntingly beautiful dance and acrobatic acts. The best costume will win a bottle of bubbly on each of the three nights.

October 29 to October 31; from 8pm; from Dh250; Sheikh Zayed Road; 04 336 4444

Toxic Zombie Wasteland at RollDXB

Grab a pair of wheels and skate alongside zombies and witches at the region’s first indoor-only roller-skating disco. Themed food, decor and props will add to the freaky fun, even as a DJ keeps the tempo up with upbeat tunes.

October 26 (for women only) and October 28-30; 6pm-11pm; Dh125 for 60 minutes, Dh188 for 120 minutes; www.rolldxb.com

Horror movies at Studio One Hotel

The Nun meets Umma meets The Orphan. Upgrade your Halloween experience from couch to cinema at Studio One Hotel, which will screen an array of horror movies in a private screening room every night for a week, complete with popcorn.

October 24 to 31; Dh69 (inclusive of popcorn and a soft drink); from 7.30pm; Dubai Studio City; 052 767 9300

Yokai at Tabu

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Let your hair down with yokai, supernatural spirits from Japanese folklore, at this restaurant in The St Regis Downtown Dubai, which is breaking out the dark characters one might encounter on Tokyo's underground scene. Keep an eye out for robots, raven geishas, chilling acts and plenty of theatrics even as you enjoy an a la carte menu of Japanese dishes.

October 28 to 29; 6pm-2am; Business Bay; 04 456 9455

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Costume party at The Arts Club Dubai

The UAE outpost of the historic London private club is throwing its inaugural Halloween bash this year at its Nikkei restaurant Rohen. The venue will be revamped based on the dark and twisted origins of fairy tales, with a soundtrack from five DJs throughout the night, plus cocktails and canapes. While the club is members-only, guests and friends are welcome for this masquerade.

October 27; from 9pm; complimentary for members, Dh750 for guests; ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC; www.theartsclub.ae

Toil & Trouble party at Privilege

The nightclub on the 75th floor of SLS Dubai promises a night of fun and frights at its Toil & Trouble bash. On the cards are spooky decor, themed cocktails, plus dancers, magicians and jugglers. The winner of the best costume will win a complimentary 30-minute massage at Ciel Spa, so sport your scariest get-up.

October 29; 10pm-3am; Business Bay; 04 607 0654

Spooky brunches

Meet the mythical sea sirens at Bar Du Port

Half-bird, half-women, sea sirens were known to lead sailors to their death with their alluring voice, so beware if you happen to chat to the ones floating about at brunch at this resto-lounge come Halloween. Or, feel free to dress up as one yourself.

October 31, 8pm-11pm; from Dh390; Dubai Harbour Pier Club, 050 969 9820

Dia de los Muertos brunch at Hotel Cartagena

The Latin American restaurant at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai will host a Mexican Day of the Dead brunch, with themed decor, food and performances. One spookily dressed guest stands to win a voucher for a complimentary brunch for two.

October 29; 1pm-4pm; from Dh295; Business Bay; 04 350 9287

Tokyo brunch at Ikigai

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The uber-cool Japanese street-food restaurant at Millennium Place Marina hotel is already replete with dim mood-lighting. To this, the team will add thrill-inducing decor, themed drinks and food (monster maki, anyone?), DJs, dancers and even a magician. Spooky maki aside, the sharing-style menu has platters of sushi, edamame, shrimp pops, miso-grilled chicken and Wagyu beef burgers, plus chocolate cookie sandos for dessert.

October 29; 1pm-4pm; from Dh199; Dubai Marina; 04 550 8114

Haunted tavern at Lola Taberna Espanola

The Spanish resto-pub at Tryp by Wyndham is hosting La Taberna Encantada over the Halloween weekend. Enter this haunted tavern in your spookiest outfit and enjoy a multi-course Saturday or Sunday brunch plus a high-octane flamenco show by resident artists Marga and Chicho. If you prefer the a la carte menu, the Halloween decor will still be up on the Friday.

October 29 and 30; 1pm-4pm; from Dh200; Barsha Heights; 04 247 6688

Skull Island Secret Jungle brunch at Mama Zonia

Word of warning: this jungle-themed restaurant at Pier 7 will break out a troop of “mischief monkeys”. And they will chase you. Elsewhere, roaming dancers will entreat you to join them for Thriller moves, and tribal drummers and Samba dancers will keep the tempo up, even as you enjoy Halloween-themed F&B.

October 29; 1pm-4.30pm; from Dh299; www.secret-parties.com

Superhero vs Villains brunch at McGettigan’s

Brunch at McGettigan’s is always a lively affair, and the team have taken things a notch for Halloween. Dress as your fave character in keeping with the themed Superheroes vs Villains Brunch for a chance to win prizes at all three of the Irish gastropub’s outposts on Friday or Saturday. On Sunday, head to Home by McGettigan’s for a Halloween Homework quiz brunch hosted by Catboy & Lorra, also with prizes for the best-dressed patrons.

October 28; 1pm-5pm; from Dh149; Souq Madinat brunch; October 29; noon-5pm; from Dh149; JLT brunch; and 7pm-10pm; from Dh199; DWTC brunch; October 30; noon-4pm; from Dh299; Home by Mcgettigan’s quiz brunch; www.mcgettigans.com

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Trick or Treat brunch at Muchachas

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The cantina at Holiday Inn Express will combine Halloween and the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos (which falls on November 2) at its Saturday brunch. Guests who dress in their best Day of the Dead-inspired outfits (think holographic skeletons, eerie mariachi musicians and eye make-up galore) will be entitled to a free brunch for two in the weeks that follow. Latin music and themed competitions aside, the brunch will serve Mexican stew pozole, plus ceviche negra and delectable churros.

October 29, 1pm-4pm; from Dh169; Al Safa; 04 327 5878

Eerie brunch and quiz at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

The newest Taj resort in Dubai will celebrate Halloween over two days. On October 29, head to a spooky Saturday brunch at Raia Rooftop Bar & Lounge. On October 30, visit the Roaring Rabbit gastropub for a Halloween-themed quiz. Eerie decor aside, both venues will reward guests who put on their scariest best. The best-dressed couple and child can enjoy brunch for free, while all those who dress up are entitled to a 20 per cent discount, at brunch on Saturday and on F&B options on Sunday.

October 29 and 30; from Dh300 for brunch (1pm-4pm); from Dh 199 for quiz night (8pm-10pm); Palm Jumeirah; 04 275 4444

Sinful brunch at The Blacksmith

Both branches of the smokehouse promise to put a “wickedly good brunch” on the Saturday night before Halloween? On the menu? Warm witch’s fingers, bloody garlic sauce, horror smoked meatballs and vampire roasted pumpkin, as well as sinful desserts called Death Wish (raspberry compote, white chocolate mousse and four-spice Speculaas) and RIP 2.0 (double chocolate brownie with passion fruit cremeux and caramel whipping ganache).

October 29, 8pm-11pm and from Dh199 at Wyndham Dubai Marina; 7pm-11pm and from Dh299 at The First Collection Business Bay; info@theblacksmithdubai.com

Vampire State of Brunch at Warehouse

The restaurant at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre recently launched its NYC-themed Empire State of brunch, which it’s reworking for Halloween. The Dracula-themed Vampire State of Brunch will not only feature an all-American tableside buffet, but also offers themed decor, live entertainment and flash mobs with dancers in costumes. The best-dressed tables stand a chance to get 20 per cent off their next brunch, so come decked out in your scariest best.

October 29, 1pm-5pm; from Dh295; Airport Road, Garhoud; 04 702 2560

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Updated: October 20, 2022, 10:05 AM


Where should I go for Halloween in Dubai? ›


Where is the world's largest Halloween party? ›

Village Halloween Parade in New York is much more than just a colorful annual party, it is a city's ritual and the greatest Halloween manifestation in the world, with over 50,000 participants every year.

Is Halloween big in Dubai? ›

As with most holidays in Dubai, Halloween is an occasion the city takes seriously. There will be more Halloween deals in Dubai than you can shake a witches broomstick at, so get ready to have your ultimate scary night out.

Do Dubai people celebrate Halloween? ›

You've come to the right place because we've compiled a list of all of Dubai's top Halloween activities and brunches for a really spooky October. There are more Halloween offers in Dubai than a witch's broomstick can shake, so get ready for the ultimate frightening night out.

When was Halloween first celebrated in the world? ›

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

What country does Halloween the best? ›

Both Ireland and Scotland share the traditions associated with Samhain, and when it comes to origins, Ireland has the edge. Halloween is a very big celebration throughout the country, and the Irish do plenty to celebrate its history and meaning.

Which city has the best Halloween? ›

Salem, MA. If you're not sure where to go for Halloween, look no further than Salem! The infamous setting for the Witch Trials of 1692 has a reputation for being full of supernatural oddities. Witch museums, witch-trial re-enactments, and magic shops fill the city during the Halloween season.

What city has the best Halloween celebration? ›

New York City is the gold standard for Halloween celebrations, according to WalletHub.

Is Halloween early this year? ›

This year, Halloween is celebrated on Monday, October 31, 2022. Now that you know the date way in advance, start crafting those costumes, getting your recipes together and coming up with fun Halloween activities for kids and adults!

Is Halloween a holiday in UAE? ›

On Halloween, which is celebrated each year on Monday, October 31 (not a holiday), students of some institutions will be dressing up in costumes, distributing spooky cookies and running spooktastic activities.

What is Halloween famous for? ›

Popular Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising and souling), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, and watching horror or ...

Is Halloween a thing in Middle East? ›

The holiday in the Middle East is significantly different. Halloween dates back 2000 years and originated as a pagan holiday. This is the main reason why Middle East nations cannot in good faith support the holiday. In 2014 The Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan outlawed the celebration of Halooween.

What does the Bible say about Halloween? ›

Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Many similar Bible verses condemn pagan practices, but none specifically warn against observing Halloween.

Why is Halloween so scary? ›

Death was always lurking around the corner and spirits were said to freely roam around during October. This is why Halloween has the spooky, ghostly atmosphere we know and love today.

What countries dont celebrate Halloween? ›

Indonesia is one of the country that doesn't celebrate Halloween. Since Halloween is a celebration that has its roots in Celtic pagan rituals called Samhain, so traditionally it was celebrated in places like Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and other Celtic regions.

Who celebrates Halloween the most? ›

Halloween is massively popular in the United States, where consumers were expected to spend more than US$10 billion on costumes, decorations, treats, and other Halloween-themed expenses in 2021. That said, Halloween has never been an exclusively American holiday.
Very popular:
  • Canada.
  • United Kingdom.
  • United States.

Who doesnt celebrate Halloween? ›

Each year there are Muslims, Jews and Christians in the United States that abstain from celebrating Halloween.

Is there a real Halloweentown? ›

Each October, St. Helens, Oregon transforms into the real Halloweentown. Ever Wonder Where The The Cast Of Halloweentown Is Now?

Do people travel for Halloween? ›

Four in 10 respondents said they want to travel for their All Hallows Eve celebrations, and about the same number of people have said they done this in the past. Those with children under the age of 18 and millennials were the demographics most likely to have Halloween travel plans, according to the survey.

Where is Halloweentown? ›

St. Helens, Oregon, is where the original "Halloweentown" was filmed, and they welcome tourists. In fact, they have a month-long Spirit of Halloweentown event to celebrate the October holiday and allow fans of the movie to explore the town.

Is Halloween big in New York? ›

Halloween in New York is big! It falls annually on October the 31st and every year people go all out for this spooky holiday.

What is Halloween Ireland? ›

Irish Halloween / Samhain FAQs

Traditionally celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, the festival of Samhain is meant to celebrate the end of the annual harvest season and the coming of winter. Samhain marks the time of year when livestock were brought in from their summer grazing grounds.

Does Salem do anything for Halloween? ›

And if you're wondering if Salem does anything for Halloween, the answer is most definitely: yes. The town's October happenings, both kitschy and authentic, explore regional history and witch lore, as well as Halloween monsters, spooky urban legends and locations from witch movies filmed here.

How many hours is it until Halloween? ›

There are3Days16Hours28Minutes45SecondstoHalloween!

What happens if Halloween falls on Sunday? ›

31 falls on a Sunday, “trick or treat will be held the following Monday, Nov 1.”

How long is Halloween for? ›

Halloween is a mixture of customs of pagan and Christian origins. It originated from an ancient Celtic seasonal festival to mark the end of the harvest and to remember the dead (known as Samhain) that is celebrated from sunset on October 31 to sunset on November 1.

What is the next holiday coming up 2022? ›

The next federal holiday is Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is 12 days away and will be observed on Friday, November 11, 2022.

Where did Halloween come from? ›

Yet, the Halloween holiday has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”), a pagan religious celebration to welcome the harvest at the end of summer, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Is tomorrow a holiday in UAE? ›

Today – 29 October 2022 – is not a holiday in the United Arab Emirates.

What is the most common Halloween tradition? ›

Trick or treating is mostly about the treats

One of the most popular Halloween traditions in the U.S. is “trick-or-treating”. This is when children dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for candy, but to do it they say a special phrase: “Trick or treat!”

What is the day after Halloween called? ›

These days, All Saints' Day is the more common name for the day after Halloween and for the customs carried out on November 1.

Why do we dress up for Halloween? ›

The wearing of costumes at Halloween may come from the belief that supernatural beings, or the souls of the dead, roamed the earth at this time. The practice may have originated in a Celtic festival, held on 31 October to mark the beginning of winter.

Is it haram to trick or treat? ›

Celebrating halloween is not right. Any religious celebration other than Islam is not permissible. However a respect towards other religions and a freedom for them to celebrate their events is the duty of muslims.

Should Christians celebrate Halloween? ›

For a Christian, there is no pressure to participate in this holiday. If your discernment leads you to abstain from participating or focus on the harvest festival activities associated with Halloween, wonderful.

What Halloween means? ›

Halloween, contraction of All Hallows' Eve, a holiday observed on October 31, the evening before All Saints' (or All Hallows') Day. The celebration marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints and initiates the season of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days and concludes with All Souls' Day.

What US city hosts the world's largest Halloween celebration? ›

The annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan is the world's largest Halloween parade. Tall rod puppets, a signature of the parade. Papier-mâché masks reflect the evening's Mardi Gras atmosphere.

What state is big on Halloween? ›

The undisputed state champ of the macabre is Louisiana, where sales of spooky Groupons are 7 times higher than the national average... Whether by dressing up as Thor and gorging on fun-size chocolate or by running in a blind panic through the halls of an abandoned orphanage, Americans sure love to celebrate Halloween.

Why is Anoka MN the Halloween Capital of the World? ›

By 1937, Anoka became nationally recognized as a Halloween destination when 12-year-old Harold Blair won a trip to Washington D.C., and brought with him a sweater sewn with an Anoka the Halloween patch on it and a proclamation that named Anoka as the Halloween Capital of the World.

What city in the US celebrates Halloween the most? ›

New York City is the gold standard for Halloween celebrations, according to WalletHub. It ranked in the top three for two of main factors, coming in first for trick-or-treater friendliness, third for Halloween fun — but a measly 88th for Halloween weather.

Is there a real Halloweentown? ›

Each October, St. Helens, Oregon transforms into the real Halloweentown. Ever Wonder Where The The Cast Of Halloweentown Is Now?

How did Halloween start? ›

Yet, the Halloween holiday has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”), a pagan religious celebration to welcome the harvest at the end of summer, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Where is the Village Halloween Parade? ›

New York's Village Halloween Parade

Who likes Halloween the most? ›

Those between 18 and 34 years old participate at the highest rate, and they're also the holiday's biggest spenders, shelling out over twice as much on their costumes as older adults and children.

Where is it Halloween all year? ›

For the past 99 years, Anoka, Minnesota, has been celebrating Halloween like no other city in the world. Courtesy Halloween, Inc. No city in the country—or the world—does Halloween quite like Anoka, Minnesota.

Do people travel for Halloween? ›

Four in 10 respondents said they want to travel for their All Hallows Eve celebrations, and about the same number of people have said they done this in the past. Those with children under the age of 18 and millennials were the demographics most likely to have Halloween travel plans, according to the survey.

What was the first city to celebrate Halloween? ›

The History of Anoka Halloween Capital of the World™ Anoka, Minnesota is believed to be the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks.

When did Halloween start in America? ›

(Reuters Life!) - Halloween first came to the United States in the 1840s but the observance of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.

Is there a town in the US that celebrates Halloween year round? ›

If you're just passing through or simply witch-curious, Salem has lots of eerie attractions to keep the Halloween-y vibe alive year-round. First stop: The Witch House, the only structure still standing in town that has direct links to the witch trials.

What town decorates for Halloweentown? ›

“Halloweentown” isn't just a 1998 Disney cult classic. It's also a real place—at least every October. The town of St. Helens, Oregon, where many scenes in “Halloweentown” were shot, transforms itself each year for fans of the series.


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