How to prepare and celebrate Halloween in Dubai?
Read about most popular Halloween costumes, best carnival masks and make-ups, Halloween accessories, and how to choose the best place to celebrate Halloween in Dubai, UAE.
Halloween in UAE
Halloween, originally a British day of all Saints, became very popular all over the world. Many young people celebrate it in UAE, too. Halloween is considered as a masquerade and a spectacular party, not a religious holiday.
The classic attributes of the Halloween
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Halloween Pumpkin Lantern
The Haunted Manor
The Evil Creatures
The WitchThe witch is usually the main female Halloween character that knows some magic tricks and can fly on a broom. No matter what character you choose for cosplay, having a proper good costume is a key for a successful Halloween party.
Black CatThe black cat has various super powers according to folklore of different countries. There are some superstitions and prejudices about black cats that considered to be somehow connected with Satan and sorcery.
Halloween BatsThe bats are the flying night creatures that supposedly drink blood and live side by side with vampires.
Halloween Pumpkin LanternThe Jack-o'-lantern is a lantern made from a hollowed-out pumpkin or turnip in which holes are cut to represent facial features. It’s very simple and easy DIY stuff.
The Haunted ManorThe haunted manor – is a typical place where all the evil creatures gather. The place where you plan to celebrate the Halloween should be decorated accordingly in order to produce the special scary atmosphere.
The Evil CreaturesThe skeletons along with other evil creatures like devils, vampires, werewolves and zombies are the most popular choices of outfit to dress up.
The SpidersThe spiders and the cobweb are the essential elements of the haunted manor. Artificial web and toy spiders are available for interior decorations.
How to choose a Halloween costume?
It is beyond dispute that Halloween is a very striking event because of masquerade. Probably Halloween is the next worldwide famous carnival after the Mardi Gras and Brazilian Carnival. It’s unlikely to meet someone in the same dress, because the variety of costumes and styles are enormous: witches, devils, vampires, werewolves, zombies, skeletons and other scary creatures. All of them have different sizes and are available for kids, teens and adults. The fashion for grown-ups has the following trends:
- The classic spooky costumes of folklore and fairy tales characters, e.g. vampires, ghosts, etc.
- Costumes of scary movie, e.g. Freddie Kruger, Frankenstein, Chucky, King Kong, Hannibal Lecter, etc.
- Universal costumes probably look less appropriate for a Halloween, but it’s better than absence of a costume. Some examples of universal costumes: a Pirate, Musketeer, Greek goddess, Viking, Pharaoh, Roman Empress, uniform dress (maiden, police officer, nurse), etc.
Each costume can have different variations from realistic scary outfit to sexy extravagant fancy dresses.
Most popular characters and corresponding male, female and kids costumes
The most effective appearance requires a mask or a special make-up. The mask can cover only the face (generally plastic) or be a complete full head skintight mask usually made of latex. The last gives more realistic outlook. A make-up can be simple or more sophisticated which become a kind of a face art or body painting.
Best Halloween make-ups
The costumes and Halloween accessories are available in local and online stores, e.g. Amazon.com.
How to choose a place to celebrate Halloween in Dubai?
While there are no official national Halloween events, the Halloween themed parties and evenings are available in over a dozen of local dance clubs, dance studios and restaurants. Most of them start right on the Halloween - 31th of October, or a day before. Usually all of them require booking beforehand.
A good place to celebrate Halloween should have:
- A dress code, so that every guest is part of the Halloween party.
- Contests, games and other activities, e.g. a “Slick chick Halloween beauty contest” which is popular in the USA.
- Pleasant music and dance floor.
- A well thought-out scenario and plan of the party, so that everybody get involved and find something suitable for him or her.
- Some shows performed by professional staff.
- Drinks and snacks.
If you want to have a unique and memorable Halloween party, we suggest going to a party organized by the Dance For You in Dubai, a dance school with the biggest dance floor in UAE. There you can enjoy ballroom dancing with Count Dracula, dance tango with Joker, or salsa with Vamiprella – all of them are professional dance teachers and choreographers. Besides couple and group dances, the Halloween scenario is full of dance shows, contests and other activities suitable for those who are not eager to dance. For more information about this party read the review “Halloween in Dubai: Ballroom Dancing”.