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Halloween & Day of the Dead Activities
October 31, 2016 | Things to Do
Well, it’s that special time of year again when the spirits walk among us and you’re apt to see more than a few skeletons, ghouls, witches, and pumpkin-headed types out on the streets.
Naturally we’re talking about Halloween—but also the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos), observed from October 21 through November 2 by many here in Spain and the world over. The two celebrations claim different cultural roots but have long been intertwined, both in terms of their religious aspects and their traditions.
Both the Day of the Dead and the Allhallowtide observance (of which Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, marks the first day) are, for many people, a time to honor the dead and departed: friends and family members who’ve passed on as well as, among Western Christian denominations, the revered saints and martyrs who are the focus of All Saint’s Day (November 1).
Halloween, of course, is also a time for nighttime revelry and a playful embrace of all things spooky and supernatural. And for that, you’ve got plentiful options right here in Mallorca! Halloween festivities for both freewheeling adults and families are in full swing on the island.
A Kid-Friendly Halloween
The kids will love the “Feliz Dia de Los Muertos” Costume Party at Kids Republic on October 31 and the Katmandu Park haunted house (the “House of Terror”). The bravest among them (and their parents) might consider San Oliva Halloween 2016, which’ll include a frightful parade as well as a creepy tour of a ruined airport—who can resist?
Halloweening It Up till the Wee Hours
If you’re sans little ones (or they’re under watchful care), you might consider some of the after-hours Halloween hijinks going down: among them Que Viva La Pepa and Cannibal Show’s La Pocima bash, the Atomic Garden Halloween party (where costumed attendees can earn a free shot), the Puerto Portals Reeves Bar gala (where the best Halloween outfit wins a bottle of champagne), and San Halloween in Mercado San Joan (where you might win free beer if your holiday garb’s deemed the best).
Live music, spooky décor, and loads of fellow masked and costumed revelers: Sounds like late-night Halloween in Mallorca!(You can find out more about Halloween fun at “Mallorca News,” which has a roundup of both all-ages and adults-only activities.)
However your plans take shape this Halloween/Day of the Dead, we hope you’ll make a Hoposa hotel your headquarters! Here’s wishing all of you a happy Dia de Muertos and All Hallow’s Eve!