Halloween in Marbella: fun, spooky and international
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Halloween in Spain is an interesting time of year as it spookily combines the celebrations of several continents often mixing Celtic folklore and Mexican festivals with the party traditions of New York.
Nowhere is this blend of the international scary holidays more apparent than in Marbella and its neighbouring towns on the Costa del Sol.
The expatriates that have settled in this part of the Spanish coast during the past many decades have all contributed to the wonderfully rich tapestry of Halloween events that take place here at this time of year.
The more modern games from the UK and North America can be seen amongst the ancient Irish rituals and South American festivals, ensuring that no matter what your nationality or religion there will be something for you to enjoy. Or run away from!
Like their south American cousins the Spanish normally take Halloween as a time to honour their dead and to celebrate the continuing life of the next generations. They will gather at the graveside of family members and friends who have passed away to think and talk about their loved ones; eating, drinking and laying flowers to celebrate their lives.
Although not a bank holiday it is quite common in Spain to book Halloween as time off work as the following day, All Saints Day, is a national holiday.
As the festival ‘Day of the Dead’ (All Souls Day) takes place on the 2nd November and temperatures in Marbella are still warm at this time of year, Halloween is just one more great excuse to make plans for a visit in autumn.
On November 1st, Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara celebrate a traditional ‘Día del Tostón’, and old custom where friends and family meet up to go out into the countryside to spend the day roasting chestnuts (hence its name, tostar = toast), and many camp out overnight.
This tradtion is slowely being forgotten in favour of Halloween, but recently different associations together with the town hall have organised a commual tostón for everyone to join in.
● 31 October: Halloween
● 1 November: All Saints Day (Dia de Todos los Santos) & locally Día del Tostón
● 2 November: Day of the Dead/All Souls Day (El Dia de los Muertos)
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