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What to Celebrate: Halloween or Dia de Muertos?... Why not Both?

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Do they have Halloween in Mexico? Are Day of the Dead and Halloween the same thing? These are two commonly asked questions this time of year. Tourists traveling to Cabo for the first time may wonder if they should bring a costume or if they will be able to take their kids trick or treating. First things first: Halloween and Day of the Dead are not the same thing. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican cultural tradition commemorating the lives of relatives and ancestors that have passed on. Noche de Brujas (Halloween) is a North American tradition that has been adopted in some areas of Mexico due to proximity to and influence from the U.S. Halloween, though not a traditional Mexican holiday, is celebrated in Cabo San Lucas. As a matter of fact, Halloween is a very big deal in Cabo, though the festivities are aimed more at adult partiers than kids. That's not to say there is nothing for kids. Children in Cabo do enjoy Halloween as well. Some private communities participate in door to door trick or treating. Unless you know a local who can invite you to one of these events, you may want to head downtown. The Puerto Paraíso mall holds a children's costume competition every year inside the mall at 7 PM on Halloween, while store owners and onlookers hand out candy to the little ones as they chant...

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