The weekend of 26th and 27th October saw a Halloween festival put together by Global Event Management. Complete with family entertainment, cookie decorating, pumpkin garden (pumpkins inclusive of pumpkin warts and all!), face painting, arts and crafts workshops and more, the kids of Dubai were treated to Halloween in true Dubai-style.
Our spooky maze was an alternative to the usual haunted house attraction, offering a hair-raising experience by giving more space for the surprise acts, random chases and jump scares (we can’t count the number of times kids and adults alike were frightened by our zombie clown – even going back purposefully for more scares!)
The Kids Zone brought a fun and creative edutainment element to the Halloween event, promoting imagination, creativity and participation through a variety of supervised workshops, painting, arts and crafts, fun activities and artistic demonstrations. The cookie decorating stations was an addition to the usual arts and crafts, where kids were given a pumpkin shaped cookie to decorate with colored icings, sprinkles, and other edible decorations. Two face painters were on standby for a zombie transformation (or something a little less tame if you preferred!).
The roaming entertainment was the highlight of the weekend. The creepy and amusing walkabout performers brought the event to life, with our “Day of the Dead” stilt walker, a zombie clown scaring everyone he came into contact with, and the adorable scarecrow stilt walker and pumpkin “witch” making for cool photo opportunities.
The aptly titled “Screamville” event for adults took place on the 31st October in the same place that hosted the kids Halloween event the previous weekend. It was a true Halloween blowout, with a zombie hour, transformation station, photo opportunities and wickedly weird roaming performers. It was an experience of endless fear where all your nightmares come true and running was just the beginning for those who dared to enter “Screamville”. Muhahahahahahah! We loved setting up this event!
An impressively terrifying entrance set the scene to what was to be a satisfyingly spooky Halloween haunting. Guests got to experience ghosts, monsters, witches, zombies, gargoyles, bats, ghouls, haunted dolls, puppets, and sinister clowns. Tombstones and skeletons wrapped in eerie cobwebs provided the perfect backdrop for everything supernatural.
The special effects and lighting, animatronics, CGI, scent dispensers, fog machines, air blasters, old antiques, gory images, and intense sounds of terror, torment, crime, and mischief ensured everyone had a spooktacular Halloween!
Some of the gruesomely spooky walkabout performers included a headless royal guard complete with head in hand (the clear crowd favourite), a bellboy, a sinister nun, corpse bride, toy soldier, and a Dracula magician that entertained guests with his sleight of hand mastery. A Halloween “head in the hole” cut out face, old open coffin, and Halloween moon all provided the perfect backdrops for photo opportunities. GEM also organised a Halloween themed transformation station which offered guests an instant makeover and where they could be transformed into freaky Halloween monsters of their choosing.
The Zombie Hour was undoubtedly the high point of the evening, and what everyone was waiting for. Inspired by the famous TV series The Walking Dead, the zombie chase delivered thrill-seekers an unforgettably terrifying and heart-racing experience. When the clock struck 9pm, sirens could be heard, warning everybody of the massive apocalypse to take place. For one hour, the dead came alive to feed their starving cold bodies. They hunted and chased everybody in their sight, both to scare and amuse visitors.
All in all, a frighteningly fun evening for everyone who was there! We’re counting down to next Halloween already – and preparing to go bigger and better!