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31 October 2018 12:33 pm

Make Halloween in Qatar the spookiest with these eight events!

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The last day of October (31st) is celebrated in most parts of the globe as Halloween. In Christian traditions, Halloween is dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

And although it's widely-believed that the occasion began solely as a Christian holiday, different religions have started to adapt the activities being held to make Halloween celebrations stand out yearly.

Activities include trick-or-treating, attending 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 films.

In Qatar, though costume parties in public places aren't encouraged, trick-or-treating is on the other hand quite a common thing—especially among children. Muslims even have their own version of the famous candy-hunting pursuit called Garangao when children get dressed up in festival robes, carry a bag around their neck, and go around in groups in the neighborhood, singing special songs, knocking the doors of neighbors, and receiving nuts and candy from them.

Keep browsing to know check out some of the best Halloween-related activities and events happening in Qatar over the next few days!

1. Trick or Treat brunch at Movenpick

Indulge in a fang-tastic feast at Mövenpick Hotel Doha's Seasons restaurant, which will be hosting a Trick or Treat-themed brunch on November 2nd from noon to 3.30 pm! While you enjoy a spooktakular ambience in the restaurant along with mouth-watering international dishes, sizzlers and beverages with a spooky twist, your kids can play in a separate area and enjoy a special kids' buffet, face painting activity, jumping castle and multiple scary mascot visits.

Kids dressed in scary costumes will also get special treats from Movenpick! And it doesn't end there yet, as they have some special treats for the adults too. For only QAR 175, you can get an additional unlimited soft beverages! 

Timings: 12:00 - 03:30 PM 
Ticket purchase: At the door
Price per head: 175 QR
Contact numbers: (+974) 4429 1111, 4429 1251, 4429 1392, 4429 1360 Email: [email protected]

2. Grand Costume Party by FFHQ


Time to get creative! Filipino Fitness and Health Qatar will be spectacularly transformed, from their ladies and gentlemen in costume to fun activities to a morning of energetic and classic fancy surprises. Activities include a costume competition, raffle draws, face painting, and live and non-stop zumba, with food and drinks to be served as well!

The most unique costume will win a prize. The committee is looking for a recycled costume as much as possible as they don’t encourage participants to buy a new one. Unveil your creativeness!

Note: If you don’t have any costume, just wear your most colorful shirt!

When: November 2 (Friday)
Venue: Al Fanar Club House, Al Waab (map here)
Timings: 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Contact numbers: (+974) 3025 7406, 5096 0538
Ticket purchase: N/A 

3.  Island Costume Party at Al Safliya Island


A spooktacular event is coming your way as National Cruise presents "Island Costume Party" this Friday (November 2) from 6PM till 12MN! Win prizes for the best costume of the night. The scarier, the better! Prices range from QR 240 per person with live BBQ and selected soft beverages and QR 170 per person with selected soft beverages. Limited seats only! Terms and conditions apply.

Location: Al Safliya Island
Ticket Purchase: N/A
Contact number: (+974) 5000 8830
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.nationalcruise.com/

4. Spooky Story Time at Virgin Megastore Villagio

Boo! It’s that time of the year again! Get ready for spooky Halloween Story Time by Virgin Megastore (Villaggio branch) today from 5:00 to 7:00 PM! All kids (and parents too!) are invited to dress up in their best Halloween costumes and join a Halloween Costume Contest for a chance to win one of the many amazing prizes that they're giving away!

Ticket purchase: N/A
Mobile number: (+974) 4495 9060
Email: m.me/VirginMegastoreQatar
Website: https://www.facebook.com/VirginMegastoreQatar/

5. Halloween at Fraser Suites West Bay

We're back with one of our favourite nights of the year filled with candy, decorations and trick-or-treating! Come on over for a harrowing fright at Fraser Suites West Bay, Doha as they've prepared something for you this Halloween night! There's a Halloween-themed dessert buffet at the hotel's The Social Restaurant and for as low as QR 60, kids for up to 12 years can enjoy the feast!

Date: October 31
Timing: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Ticket purchase: N/A
Price: 80 QR (Adults), 60 QR (Kids)
Phone: (+974) 4495 5115
Email address: [email protected]
Website: https://westbay-doha.frasershospitality.com/en

6. Baan Thai's Halloween menu!

Baan Thai, one of our go-to restaurants for authentic Thai cuisine, has prepared a special Halloween treat for all of us! They will be having 25% off on all items on the menu especially for Halloween, so make sure to drop by today (October 31) from 5:00 till 11:30 PM to avail this amazing discount!

Ticket Purchase: N/A
Mobile number: +(974) 6659 7666

7. Fright Night at Urban Jazz Kitchen

Urban Jazz Kitchen at The Pearl has it all sorted with a fright night. Diners are encouraged to dress up in fancy dress as there will be a ‘worst dressed’ competition—yes,you heard it right! The menu for the night includes Green Goblin burger, and vampire blood drinks. We have also been informed that there will be pumpkin carving!

Date: October 31
Timing: 05:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Ticket Purchase: N/A
Phone number: (+974) 4409 5269

8. Halloween Party at Trader Vic's


Trader Vic’s is celebrating a special Halloween party tonight with their usual tiki design theme. Also, they will be showcasing special food and cocktails on the night at happy hour prices! They’re also encouraging their guests to dress up in fancy costumes. Moreover, a live Cuban band and adult face painting will be available too!

Location: Trader Vic’s, Hilton Hotel
Timing: 08:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Ticket purchase: N/A
Phone number: (+974) 4423 3118

What do you think of the Halloween celebrations in Qatar? Do you think these events happening over the next few days live up to the spooky season? If yes, drop us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!