Celebration of Halloween has taken off in Spain in recent years

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FAMOUS as a children’s celebration in the USA where trick or treating has seen hundreds of thousands of children across the country dress up as ghosts and ghoulies visiting neighbours for sweets, Halloween has become increasingly more popular in Spain.

It has become part of a three-day celebration running from October 31 to November 2. Halloween is known as the Day of the Witches where adults and children alike dress up and hold parties and is increasingly more popular because November 1, All Saints Day, is a very important public holiday when people lay flowers on the graves of deceased relatives and remember their own patron saints.

November 2 is All Souls Day when people generally remember the departed, whether family members or not. The entire three-day celebration is often referred to as the Day of the Dead in Spain, although this title is more often associated with Mexico.

Adults have definitely taken to walking the streets dressed as vampires, werewolves and zombies with their neighbours on Halloween night which in parts of the north west of Spain is also known as the Night of the Pumpkins.

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