With Halloween just a few weeks away, it’s time to start getting into the spirit of this annual spookfest. Whether you’re stocking up on costumes and candy for the kids, or looking for family-friendly events across Dubai, we’ve unearthed 13 fun ways to get ready for Halloween in the UAE.

Freaky-looking pumpkins

At any other time of year we’d be averting our eyes from this wart-covered pumpkin from Kibsons (above) but during Halloween is somehow feels oh so right. Preorder your Halloween pumpkins now for delivery before the big day. Whether you want to carve a tiny little Jack-o-Lantern or go all out with a giant ‘Cinderella’ sized one, they have the squash that is just right for you.

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Pumpkin spice lattes

Tania’s Teahouse is getting into the Halloween spirit, transforming the pretty pink space on Jumeirah Beach Road into a spooky setting. From 24 October until 3 November, enjoy pumpkin spice lattes (Dhs25) and tongue-in-cheek Halloween cookies (Dhs12).

Villa 779A, Jumeirah Beach Rd, 04 324 0021, taniasteahouse.com

A Spooktacular Afternoon

If your neighborhood is not trick or treat friendly, why not head down to The Roost Rotisserie on 31 October? The Al Wasl eatery will be transformed to a delightfully scary setting. Along with a nutritious meal, Little Roosters will be given an Eastern-European kurtos dessert for them to decorate before devouring. Entry for children costs Dhs99, including entertainment, food and the kurtos. For more information, call 800-ROOST (76678)

Pumkinlicious delights

Indulge your sweet tooth at Clinton St. Baking Company, where you’ll find an array of Halloween cakes and pies. Try the pumpkin pie with spider-web icing (Dhs180), mini pumpkin pies (Dhs75) and mini cupcakes (Dhs6), available from 24 to 31 October.

Clinton St. City Walk, Dubai. For more information, visit clintonstreetbaking.ae or call 04 428 1331.

Couqley gets spooky!

Calling ghouls of all ages to come in their scariest Halloween costumes: Couqley in JLT is hosting a Fang-tastic Family Fun Friday on 27 October, including entertainment, a dedicated kids area, and best-dressed competitions.

Couqley, JLT, Cluster A, from 1 pm to 4pm. For more information, call 04 514 9339.

Ghosts by the river

Riverland Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts, is throwing the biggest Halloween party for families from 30 October to 3 November. Riverland Dubai will give out 50,000 free candies to trick-or-treaters and the best Halloween costumes will win exciting prizes. The categories include best-dressed family, best-dressed child and best-dressed adult. Families are encouraged to take pictures in costume at Riverland Dubai and post them on social media using the hashtag #HalloweenAtRiverland to win a prize. Children can go trick-or-treating at any of the restaurants at Riverland Dubai and get free candy. Visit: riverlanddubai.com

Exceeding Eggspectations

Treat your little ones to a free cocoa waffle at Eggspectation, available for kids aged 12 years of age and under, from 28 to 31 October. This Halloween-themed waffle comes topped with a dollop of orange mascarpone dollop, and a drizzle of salty-sweet caramel.

The waffle will be available at three branches: JBR, City Walk, Matajer/Sharjah. Visit eggspectation.com for details.

Home-delivered candy

With so many things left to do to get ready for Halloween, the last thing you want is to run out of candy when the witches and ghouls come knocking on your door. Well, Deliveroo has you covered. They have an Emergency Candy Shop available until 31 October, with bags of sweets delivered to your doorstep.

When: 31st October How to order: www.deliveroo.ae/brands/emergency-halloween-candy or log onto the Deliveroo app Price: AED 40 per assorted bag

Costumes and decorations

Your one-stop shop for all your Halloween needs, Sprii has a range of costumes for your kids (and yourself, if you’re keen to go all out!). You’ll find everything from simple t-shirts for those kids who are not really into the Halloween spirit to complete costumes; they even have rompers and booties for your tiny tots who are not yet old enough to trick or treat. To get your house ready, Sprii also has listings of spooky decorations, party plates and games, plus books to inspire any DIY designs.

Family fun day at The Els Club

This one is for the whole family. While sporty types enjoy a round of golf, the rest of the family can indulge in The Els Club restaurant with the Halloween-themed ‘Scary Friday Carvery’, running from 1pm until the early evening hours. The Carvery will host a fancy dress competition where all children in costume will receive a free drink and a goodie bag, plus there’ll be a face-painting station, kid-friendly scary movies, and a luscious dessert station complete with special Halloween themed goodies. It’s priced at Dhs 225 per person including house beverages, and Dhs95 for children.

Nail that Halloween look

For those mums who don’t want to go all out with a head-to-toe costume, but would still like to get involved in the trick-or-treating fun, book in for a Halloween-themed manicure from Tao Spa at the Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road.

Spookfest on Palm Jumeirah

Calling all the little ghouls out there: the Atlantis Kids Club is hosting a Spookfest for children aged three to 12. The fun includes creating frightful arts and crafts to take home, loads of haunted pumpkin games, and an opportunity to rattle your bones during a dance session. There will also be terrifying treats on offer, some eerie giveaways, and glitter tattoos to add sparkle to your little one’s costume. Priced at Dhs225 per child for resort guest and Dhs250 for children who are non-resort guests.

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Decorate your own treats

British retailer Marks & Spencer is bringing in a raft of treats for Halloween, including chocolate pumpkins and spiders, Count Colin Caterpillars, and buckets of Ghostly Mini Bites with Popping Candy, but our favourites are the Decorate Your Own Mummy and Skeleton biscuits, which come in a kit of gingerbread biscuits, icing and chocolate buttons, for Dhs26 per box.