Halloween in Mexico
Halloween (Día de las Brujas) is hailed mainly as a children’s festivity in Mexico on October 31. It is often overshadowed by the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebrations on All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day.
Halloween is celebrated among Mexican children who wear costumes when they go trick-or-treating to people’s homes, asking for candy. When they trick-or-treat at each door, they shout, “we want Halloween” (queremos Halloween).
Toys and candy that are made to resemble skeletons, coffins, and the personification of death (La Muerta) are found in many stores at this time of the year. Candles, paper wreaths and seasonal flowers are also sold for the Day of the Dead celebrations, which start as early as the evening of Halloween.
Halloween is an observance and not a federal public holiday in Mexico.
Halloween combines some rituals from the Pagan holiday Samhain. It is also known as All Hallows’ Eve because it falls before All Saints’ Day. It has become a commercially popular event in many countries.
Did You Know?
Mexico’s Day of the Dead, which falls closely to Halloween, is celebrated on a larger scale – Mexicans embrace it as a festive occasion with parties, dancing, singing, and even fireworks!
About Halloween in other countriesRead more about Halloween.
Quick FactsHalloween is celebrated in Mexico on the last day of October, the day before All Saints’ Day.
Halloween 2016Monday, October 31, 2016
Halloween 2017Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Name in other languages
|Día de las Brujas||Spanish|
Other holidays in October 2016 in Mexico
- Columbus Day – Wednesday, October 12, 2016