Halloween and Dia de Muertos in Cancun
October is a season in which people in many countries dress up as their favorite movie characters or spooky cartoons. This is no different in Cancun. When you plan your trip to Cancun or the Riviera Maya during this Halloween season, you must know you’re in for a treat (or trick?). Halloween and Dia de Muertos in Cancun bring your vacations more things to do, keep reading and learn more about what you can do in Cancun during this spooky season.
Halloween is not Dia de Muertos
First things first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, Halloween and Dia de Muertos are two different things that are celebrated days apart. The Day of the Death, in English, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd is not another version of Halloween, which is celebrated on October 31st. You might already know this, but just in case.
Halloween is an American celebration, it’s all about the candy and dressing up. Meanwhile, the Day of the Dead is an ancient tradition in Mexican culture which celebrates death, and the life of loved ones that have passed away.
The Day of the Death or Dia de Muertos comes from different indigenous groups that believed that by building an altar and other rituals, they could guide death to the spiritual world.
Where to go for Halloween and Dia de Muertos in Cancun
Now, talking vacations, if you’re staying anywhere near Cancun this spooky season, you can see how the city itself dresses up and the decorations are more colorful and spooky than ever. This is the best time to visit Cancun, the weather is cool and sunny, parties are more fun, and activities are more memorable. Here are some special activities that will be going on in town:
1. Xcaret Festival of Life and Death
The festivities of the Day of the Dead are Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and during the Festival of Life and Death, there will be different plays, musical presentations, workshops, dance shows, and even a space just for children at the Interactive Hacienda, as well as the traditional mass for the Feast of All Saints on November 1.
2. Ventura Park Halloween Party
People will be able to enjoy all the fun of this tourist attraction, from seven in the evening until midnight, with a foam party, live DJs, and more than 35 attractions such as slides and zip lines, as well as a virtual reality show.
3. Halloween at the Club
The City, Coco Bongo, Mandala, you name it, the best nightclubs in town are hosting the best Halloween parties! If you go with your group of friends and want to have fun until dawn, Cancun’s nightclubs have something special for you, prizes, and unlimited drinks. This Halloween, get ready to dress up and party like a rockstar.
4. Haunted houses
Most of the hotels in the Hotel Zone will be hosting haunted houses for their guest. Make sure to ask at the front desk about any special event that they might hold. Hotels usually have Halloween parties and altars to show Mexican traditions. This includes special food and decoration all around the hotel zone.
Flights to Cancun on November
November is right around the corner and if you want to book a last-minute flight to enjoy these celebrations and the upcoming holidays, today is the day. This is the start of high season, but as Black Friday arrives, other deals might pop up so be ready to spot some sweet deals on flights to Cancun and accommodations.