• Posted:Friday, September 25, 2009
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Celebrate Halloween in style
I've always been a massive fan of Halloween - as a kid, it was the one night of the year where I could eat as many sweets as I wanted without feeling guilty, or having my mother standing over me constantly telling me that my teeth were going to rot out of my head. For some reason, she thought if everyone was doing it, then it was ok. Very strange. Of course, I don't trick-or-treat any more - I am 27, after all - but I still like to celebrate in my own, slightly more grown-up way, which generally includes some sort of trip to one corner of the globe or another to see how different cultures spend October 31st.

Mexico, for example, has a great tradition - the Day of the Dead, which has been going strong for thousands of years. It sounds truly gruesome but the idea behind it is quite charming. The festivities include music, dancing, fireworks and lots of food - fashioned into skulls, caskets and skeletons - all of which go on as the townspeople take to the streets in order to honour their ancestors and remember their loved ones who have died. Apparently, during the festival the deceased are also afforded the chance to return home and visit the families they have left.

Spain also offers backpackers excellent treats during Halloween, with Bones of the Holy pastry delicacies on display in cafes and shops for those out and about during the various local parades being put on.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19378778-ADNFCR
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