It’s time to get your spook on so we round up the best Halloween nights, plus some less petrifying pursuits
Creepy Carnival at Crowne Plaza Thu-Sat 29-31
On each evening, from 9pm onwards, Harvesters Pub & Terrace are celebrating an eerie Halloween with a circus sideshow theme. Then, on the Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm, the hotel’s popular brunch at La Mosaique has gone gory (it’s BD24.950++ per person). Make sure to attend any of these events in your creepiest costume. The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (1753 1122).
Typhoon Fri 30
The trendy and tropical hotel bar at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain is a luscious spot for a Halloween event. They’re putting on the ultimate party with DJ Rob and the On the Spot Trio entertaining live from 8pm-1am. It’s BD5 for entrance inclusive of one selected beverage. Meanwhile, the best and most spookily dressed can win two dinner vouchers at any Gulf Hotel outlet. Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (1774 6395).
Bushido Fri 30
This year Bushido Lounge, which is well known for hosting some of the country’s best parties, has been transformed into a pirate ship known as the Black Pearl. Dress in your craziest and most creative Halloween costumes, and pick up a bunch of complimentary pirate accessories while you’re there. Meanwhile, DJ Albert-L is navigating the ship’s entertainment with a mix of electro, Latino and world music beats. Also don’t miss the shipwreck fire show or the hoisting of their Jolly Roger. The party starts from 10pm and there’s free entry for all, as well as one complimentary beverage for guests arriving in costume. Bushido Lounge, Seef (1758 3555).
A special themed brunch is on at Ramee Grand’s all-day dining restaurant Lemon Tree where an American band will entertain while you dig into the eclectic buffet spread. It’s on from noon to 4pm. Regular brunch costs are BD18++ for adults and BD9++ for kids. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef (1711 1999).
Baharat Fri 30
The ‘LM sparkling brunch’ is sporting a Halloween theme this week. Tuck into a sumptuous buffet and enjoy live music by the British-South African duo Deux Sons. The best dressed couple also gets chance to win a free brunch on their next visit. It’s on from 12.30pm to 4pm for BD16++ with soft drinks and BD24++ with free flowing house beverages. Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre, Seef (1717 1144).
Lost Paradise of Dilmun Fri 30
Fun for all the family is on offer at this popular water park, with face painting, pumpkin carving and a magic show to keep the kids entertained. DJs Katrin, MP3 and Adel will be providing the soundtrack of hip-hop, electro, house and commercial, while there will also be a unique, spooky dance performance. Open from 10am to 7pm. Lost Paradise of Dilmun,(1784 5162 or 3604 8641).
Cavallo Club Fri 30
Hip-hop superstar Chris Brown’s DJ Babey Drew will be the star attraction at Cavallo’s fright night, with DJ Kartoon and DJ Mr. Plz Believe It also make an appearance. Best creepy costumes win special prizes, while BD20 will gain you entry and unlimited beverages. Open from 8pm-2am. Men’s tickets plus one beverage are BD10, and BD5 for women Atiram Premier Hotel (3321 2190).
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Fri 30
For the third year running, Sofitel Bahrain will be hosting a Halloween beach party on its private stretch of sand. DJ Oliver Shine will be on hand to get the atmosphere pumping. Tickets are BD38 (net), including five drinks and food from the grill. Packages for superior pool view rooms start at BD150 per room, including two passes and breakfast. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa (1763 6363).
Ibrida Sat 31
This popular club will be turned into a cemetery from 11pm to 2am. DJ Andy Gates, who has played London’s top venues including Ministry of Sound, Pacha and Egg, will be keeping the party vibe going along with resident band Energy. Entrance costs BD5, with a half-price happy hour from 7-10pm. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef (3689 7378 or 17111972).
Café Amsterdam Sat 31
Pirates, princesses and vampires are all welcome to Café Amsterdam’s special Halloween party. The scarier your costume, the better they say! A night of live performances and eclectic beats mixed by the DJ will be running from 6pm to 2am. Prices depend on consumption. Adliya, Block 338 (1700 7404).
Mai Tai Lounge Sat 31
Following in the footsteps of the spooky 1978 song The Werewolves of London by the late Warren Zevon where he references Trader Vic’s, Mai Tai Lounge is inviting all Halloween partygoers to join them for a werewolf theme. The festivities kick off from 7pm and it’s free entry for all. Fancy dress is most definitely welcome and a special menu, and beverages, are available. Trader Vic’s, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain (1758 6555).
Novotel Al Dana Sat 31
If you fancy some trick or treating on the beach then head down to Novotel Al Dana where the party starts at 5pm. Visual treats, electronic beats, house music, commercial music, R’n’B, hip-hop and dazzling fire performers will all be on offer, with Holland’s DJ Bowy and Bahraini favourite DJ WinDCiTy on the decks. Entrance is BD5, with a number of VIP tables with premium bottles available. Novotel Bahrain Al Dana,(1729 8008).
An evening with Rosie Langley Thu 29
London-based improv violinist Rosie Langley is performing live at Meisei from 9.30pm to 1am for one night only. The freelance musician works across a range of styles from folk to pop, country to classical, and has worked with plenty of big name artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Paloma Faith – to name a few. Entrance is free. Meisei, Manama(1700 7770).
Family movie nights October 29
Head out to the Country Club gardens where they’re hosting a series of weekly family movie screenings. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome from 6pm. The Royal Golf Club, Riffa (1775 0777).
Go to the wild, wild West Thu 29 and Fri 30
Prepare to yell yee-ha as the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain’s Thursday Night Out and popular Friday brunch feature a cowboy twist for the second year in a row. Feeling adventurous? Have a go on the bull ride. But make sure you do it before diving into the international buffets and unlimited beverages! On Thursday it costs BD27 and Friday brunch is BD31 per person. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain (1746 0017).
Yoga retreat Fri 30
The third instalment of La Fontaine’s yoga retreat is taking place from 10am to 4pm, led by Rishikesh yoga instructor and Profile Fitness Centre manager AdoraEsavan. The workshop covers four elements of yoga – proper breathing, exercise, relaxation and positive thinking – and costs BD35 per person inclusive of a vegetarian lunch. La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art(1723 0123).
Films under the stars October 30
Sit among the stunning landscaped gardens at The Ritz-Carlton while watching family-friendly movies every Friday from 6pm. Entrance is free. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (1758 6499).
Swimming challenge Fri 30
Whip out your jazziest cossies for a special swimming event at The Ritz-Carlton, which aims to test experts of all ages to their limits. Register by October 29 for BD12 net (members), BD15 (non-members) or BD6 (members’ kids), and the price includes T-shirts, a barbecue buffet, refreshments and prizes. It starts at 8am. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef(1758 6612).
Rugby World Cup Final Sat 31
Catch the finale of rugby’s premier tournament as the All Blacks and Wallabies clash at Twickenham, London. Private rooms are available for group bookings, and a range of food and beverage packages are on offer. The match will also being screened in Links Restaurant and Repartee Lounge. The Royal Golf Club, Riffa (1775 0777).