Who loves Halloween? I do I do! I must confess that this particular holiday has always been one of my favourites maybe because I have such fond memories of it from when I was a child or simply because I LOVE to play dress-up. This year was no exception. Last year we had a party but this time around we decided to hit the streets to see what was going on. I dressed up as Reagan from the Exorcist and hubby went as the priest and I must say we did a damn fine job of it too. We started off at Dubai Terraza with some friends where I enjoyed seeing the Halloween spirit live and well in Cancun.After a few hours we headed over to the ME for a while and finally we wrapped our night up at a party downtown. I had a blast and my only regret was that it seemed to fly by so fast.
Next, we headed to Plaza La Isla in the hotel zone where we found some more decorations and another altar.After snapping a few more photos we stopped for lunch in front of the lagoon and had some not-so-great pizza *sigh* and that concluded our Halloween/Day of the Dead festivities for this year.
Before I wrap up this blog post I would like to hear your opinions on Halloween and whether it should be celebrated in Mexico? This year I read and heard many complaints by people (hubby included even though he always seems to enjoy dressing up 🙂 ) stating that Halloween is an American/Canadian holiday that has no place in Mexico. In Cancun you rarely see children in the streets trick-or-treating yet the schools have parties for them and they go dressed up. The comments that I heard and read were from angry adults who felt that Halloween could take over the tradition of the Day of the Dead even though the two are celebrated days apart and are very different in nature. I see no harm in celebrating both and learning about each one. I grew up in Canada, a true melting pot of cultures, where we celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day (I’m not Irish), September 15th/Mexican Independence Day (I’m not Mexican) and many other celebrations. I don’t feel that other countries’ traditions have taken over Canada in fact I love that I grew up in a place that embraces all cultures. It has made me the well-rounded person that I am today and I believe it gave me my love of travelling and desire to see and experience new things. So what is the harm in celebrating Halloween, kids here seem to love it and judging by all the local people who I saw dressed up in the clubs a lot of adults do too. Why? Because it’s fun.