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5 Great Activities Around Halloween in Playa Del Carmen

Halloween in Playa Del Carmen

 5 Great Activities Around Halloween in Playa Del Carmen

As you might know, Halloween is more of a holiday celebrated in the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. Mexico has “Dia de Muertos” or Day of the Dead. But did you know that in the Mayan culture there is another festival also around the same time of year and it is related to death and afterlife as well? The Mayan holiday is called Hanal Pixan.  Mexico has also adopted Halloween. With three holidays all in a four day period, it is a busy time in Playa Del Carmen. So what is there to do for Halloween in Playa Del Carmen and these other holidays? Here are some ideas for you.

Note: Each year we will update this article before Halloween so you can find out about the best events and things to check out.

Catrina Party at Xoximilco

During October and until November 4th celebrate the arrival of La Catrina to Xoximilco with the special activities prepared to commemorate the Day of the Dead. Altars, legends, stories, tour on board a party boat and enjoy a Mexican fiesta. You can also enjoy open beer and tequila bar, sampling dinner of Mexican specialties, live music, and much more!

Halloween Playa Del Carmen

The Catrina takes control of Xoximilco! The big party of the souls at Xoximilco comes with very special activities to celebrate, for an entire month, the Day of the Dead. Book now! Valid for visiting only from October 2nd to November 4th.

For more about what a visit to Xoximilco is like, see our article and video here.

Xoximilco Cancun

Visit Xcaret for the Festival of Life and Death

Xcaret Park does a four day festival of special events for the Day of the Dead.  At this special event you will see  decorated alters, concerts, expositions, dancers and more. Visit and explore the traditions of Mexico. This special event will take place October 30th, 31st and November 1st and 2nd. This year marks the 12 year of this festival.  It is becoming a popular tradition in Playa Del Carmen to visit for the event.  For tickets click the link below to go to the official page.


To see what this event is like, see our article here on Xcaret’s Festival of Life and Death.

Dia de Muertos dinner at the Thompson

Enjoy a 5 course meal paired with Mexican spirits and beers presented by three chefs. All this and looking out over the beachfront from Playa Del Carmen’s Thompson Beach House Hotel on 8th Street. See menu below.

This takes place November 1. The price is 1000 pesos pre event and 1,350 at the door. Space is limited.

Visit a Mayan village for Hanal Pixan with allTOURnative

For those looking for a more authentic look at local Mayan culture, allTOURnative Tour Company has a once a year event. This event will take place on November 2nd. For more information on this tour for 2017 see our article about here.

To see more about Hanal Pixan with allTOURnative Tours, see our article and video here.

Hanal Pixan Riviera Maya

Shaman during the Hanal Pixan ceremony.

 

Walk 5th Avenue on October 31st in costume or to see costumes

For people that have not been in Playa Del Carmen for Halloween, you are in for a surprise! This is a huge party in Playa and thousands of people come out in costume. People start walking up and down 5th Avenue around 8:00pm. Most people stroll to look at other costumes and some people give our candy to kids. Each year there are some crazy and creative costumes.

At around 11:00pm the kids go home and the adults go to 12th Street to party. This is the street that has most of the night clubs. You do not even need to get into a club because the street will be filled with revelers. Be prepared for a long night!

Our video of Halloween on 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen

 

What do you like to do in Playa Del Carmen for Halloween or one of the other festivals related to this time of year? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Halloween in Playa Del Carmen 2014 Photos

8 Comments on 5 Great Activities Around Halloween in Playa Del Carmen

  1. I am planning on being downtown in the crowd for Halloween, and plan on having a bag of candy to distribute to the kids. What is the social etiquite? How do you signal you have candy, or do you approach the kids? Is there a “trick-or-treat” phrase in Spanish I need to expect?

    • You will have no problem giving out candy. Kids will come to you. There is an expression but not used as much as trick or treat. Hands out means they want candy. We are sure will get a lot of attention.

      • I had a GREAT time passing out candy to the kids. As you said, it was easy to flag down interested kids. A couple of “feeding frenzies” aside, it was a blast. I highly recommend grabbing a bag here stateside (think of it as reserving space for return souvenirs B-) ) and joining the party!

  2. Hi! I would like to offer realistic injury makeup for Halloween for $300 MX on 5th avenue. Do you think I can just bring my makeup/materials and doing the makeup directly on that street during the day?

    • Street vendors on 5th Avenue are regulated and need permits. It might be better if you go to peoples homes or rentals to offer professional makeup or offer it out of a salon.

  3. Valerie Elliott // October 29, 2017 at 9:47 AM // Reply

    We would like to get our faces painted for the celebration on 5th Avenue. What day would be best and is that service available?

    • Hello Valerie

      Usually we hear of places but this year no one has said much about it. Usually most of the salons offer some face painting. Zona Caos Salon on Calle 28 between 1st and the beach we believe is doing some face painting event on the 31st but we do not have the full details.

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