How Halloween is Celebrated in Mexico

Halloween is just around the corner, and many of the customers at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant have been telling us all about the fun things they have planned to celebrate. Halloween is also observed in Mexico on October 31, but they stretch it out into a 3-day celebration ending with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 2. All of us here at Mexicali Blues thought you might be interested in learning a little more about that. 

Halloween in Mexico
People in Mexico generally combine All Hallows' Eve on October 31, All Saints Day on November 1, and the Day of the Dead on November 2 into one big celebration. Children in Mexico dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for candy on Halloween, much like kids in the United States, but instead of saying "Trick or Treat," they shout "Queremos Halloween!" ("We want Halloween!") 

The day is also referred to as All Hallows' Eve because it falls on the day before All Saints' Day, which can also be called the "Day of the Innocents" or the "Day of the Little Angels" to honor children and infants that have died. 

The Day of the Dead
November 2 is the main day of this 3-day celebration, which is intended to honor and pray for friends and family members that have passed away. They believe this aids in the spiritual journey of the deceased. People visit cemeteries and build private altars containing favorite things of the person they are honoring in hopes that their souls will be encouraged to visit.

A common symbol of this holiday is the skull. People wear masks or paint their faces in elaborate ways to resemble a skull, and sugar or chocolate skulls are made as gifts for both the dead and the living. Candied pumpkin is also popular, and so is pad de muerto (bread of the dead) which is a type of sweet roll. Mexican cempasuchil, or marigolds, are the traditional flowers used. Remembering the dead is a very festive occasion in Mexico with many festivals and parties surrounding it.  

What are you doing this year for your Halloween? Stop by our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant for lunch or dinner. We'd love to see what you're dressed up as! In honor of the fact that Mexico celebrates 3 days a row, why not join us all of those days!?! There are plenty of delicious dishes on the Mexicali Blues menu for you to eat something different every day, and it's a great excuse to enjoy our magnificent margaritas for your holiday "treat!" Happy Halloween!
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