The 10 Coolest Places to Celebrate Halloween

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8. Mexico

It isn’t called Halloween here but instead Day of the Dead, a three day celebration that begins October 31st each year. Day of the Dead is a celebration of the dead and it is believed that spirits return each year on these three days to spend time with their loved ones. Each city and town offers a different way of celebrating Day of the Dead. If you head to the small island of Janitzio you will find elaborate rituals which include folk dancing, fishermen in their rowboats with torches and a gathering of families in the cemetery at night to sing and chant. In Oaxaca, near Acapulco you will find the streets transformed into a huge street festival where costumed people visit cemeteries and the town gets decorated with skulls, skeletons and flowers. The main square is where the biggest party happens with an abundance of food, drinks and dancing all night long.

Mexico, Day of the dead

7. Ireland

It is where Halloween originated and still remains one of the best places to celebrate it, although it known as Samhain Night here. This medieval Irish festival originated when it marked the end of the harvest, which brought shorter days and the dark half of the year. It was this time that the dead are believed to revisit the mortal world. Derry City is where visitors will want to head for the best Halloween celebrations in the country. The Banks of the Floyle Halloween Carnival runs nine days and celebrates everything spooky. Count on parades, fireworks, ghost tours, haunted houses, workshops, scary movies and even a Dragon Safari, A slew of family-friendly programs also go on all festival long. Visit the origin of Halloween for one unforgettable experience.

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