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It’s Halloween and time to don your best costume for local parties, or stay at home and pass out candy to the neighborhood kids out trick-or-treating. Halloween is a holiday that continues to gain popularity for revelers looking for lavish bashes, extreme haunted houses, and the scariest parties on the planet.
If you are a fan of all things Halloween, have you considered planning an international trip to celebrate abroad? Halloween-related festivities take place in a number of other countries along with celebrations linked to Dia de los Muertos, especially in Latin America. The added bonus of traveling over Halloween can often save you money as it is “off season” for a number of destinations.
Have children? Parents with kids on year-round school tracks may benefit if time off coincides with late September and October. All Disney Theme Parks host Halloween related events that start in one case (Tokyo Disney Resort) in early September and run through Halloween itself. If you choose to travel domestically, Disneyland and Walt Disney World feature separate-ticket Halloween events several days a week beginning in late September. Here you can take advantage of slow season and also only pay for admission for the after hours event rather than regular park admission.
Aside from Halloween Disney events around the globe, consider hopping on a plane to somewhere like Ambergris Caye, Belize. One of the best celebrations I’ve attended abroad is Holiday Hotel’s annual bash that always takes place the Saturday before Halloween itself. Locals come from all over Belize showing off some very creative costumes. As the event continues to gain exposure, there are travelers who time their vacations with the ghoulish event. Event details can be confirmed closer to next Halloween on Ambergris Today.
International Halloween celebrations are definitely not limited to just Belize, and Ireland definitely proves that with a variety of events available for fans of the macabre. Check with Visit Dublin and Discover Ireland as it gets closer to next Halloween and mark your calendar for many spooky events – from various haunted history tours and ghost walks to the grandiose Bram Stoker Festival taking place all over the city.
Another holiday closely associated with many Halloween events is Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This Mexican holiday is widely celebrated and takes place November 1 and 2, in conjunction with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Although traditionally a Mexican holiday, countries like Guatemala are renowned for their impressive festivals.
Guatemala observes Day of the Dead with a festival that draws people in from all over the globe. Locals plan ahead for months by making gigantic artisan tissue paper kites, some spanning the height of a six-story building. Smaller kites are flown with messages to deceased loved ones. It is believed that the higher the kite gets, the closer it is to heaven, and therefore a better chance of the message being received by their dearly departed.
Look for Day of the Dead celebrations and festivities in a number of places, including the United States. Seek out countries whose heritage is predominantly Roman Catholic and you are likely to find they have events in honor of Dia de los Muertos.
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Erin is a travel and food writer who currently splits her time between the Netherlands and Belize. She's traveled to 60+ countries on 5 continents with a passion for culinary travel, luxury hotels, and all things Disney. Her writing has appeared in numerous online outlets including Gadling, BootsnAll, CNN, Art of Backpacking, TravBuddy, CBS, and more. She was the major author of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize 2013; wrote the official AFAR Guide to Belize; and is also AFAR Magazine's local Belize expert.. In addition to writing for other publications, Erin maintains several blogs, Our Tasty Travels, No Checked Bags, Pooh's Travels, and the brand new Caye To Belize. Follow Erin on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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