Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico has always been on my list of trip to-dos, but when you have small children, missing Halloween is a big deal. Once they get older, you have to be around to make sure they don't get into trouble. Now that they are all out of the house, I can reclaim Halloween!
Halloween is not actually the biggest day. It has become more popular with the influx of Americans to the area. It's still WAY less commercial. I saw very few branded costumes. Most were just painted faces and all leaned toward the spooky. Even the infants!
Everyone gathers in the Jardin (the town square) and the kids walk around gathering candy from the adults. I ran out of candy pretty quickly. I love this way of doing trick-or-treating. It's so much more festive and convivial than going door-to-door.
The teenagers, in the meantime, perform folkloric dances and sing about life and death.