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Day of the Dead and Halloween Celebrations in Puerto Vallarta

DESTINATION | Published on 19/10/2020
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Experiencing Mexican holidays and traditions on vacation gives you a better taste of the local culture, and when you’re in Puerto Vallarta this fall, you won’t want to miss out on the Day of the Dead traditions. The Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead celebration is two days of bright colors, festive decorations, and sweet treats, a time to remember and honor those who have died. While Halloween and Day of the Dead Puerto Vallarta 2020 will have social distancing and preventive measures in place, they’ll still be two of the most iconic Mexican holidays and traditions.

Trick-or-Treating on the Malecon


Halloween in Puerto Vallarta has adopted some of the traditions from the US, including trick-or-treating, and in different neighborhoods, children go door to door asking for treats. The main Halloween events are downtown, in the Romantic Zone and on the Malecon boardwalk. If you go out to eat, bring a bag of candy, and sit outside where you’ll be able to pass out candy to kids dressed up. Many bars and restaurants also have Halloween events and parties, and if you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, you’ll be treated to themed activities and performances to celebrate Halloween in Puerto Vallarta.

Catrinas Along the Malecon

The festivities don’t end after the Halloween events because the very next day is the Day of the Dead festival. In the days leading up to the Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead celebration, giant catrina statues are set up along the Malecon boardwalk, each with its own unique style and dress. Walking along these art displays will help you get in the festive spirit for Day of the Dead Puerto Vallarta 2020.

Day of the Dead Altars in Hidalgo Park

Altars are one of the key Day of the Dead traditions, and while many families set them up in their homes, there are several public displays. In Hidalgo Park, you can walk among the different displays of Day of the Dead altars. These Day of the Dead altars help families remember their loved ones and celebrate their memories.

Murals and Tradition at the Cinco de Diciembre Cemetery

Cleaning and holding vigils at grave sites are also important Day of the Dead traditions, and the main cemetery is in the Cinco de Diciembre neighborhood. The walls of the cemetery are decorated with brightly painted murals of catrinas, and during the Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead celebration, families will gather here to light candles, sweep away leaves, and share stories of their loved ones. While all are allowed into the cemetery during the Day of the Dead festival, remember to be respectful of families’ memorials and always ask before taking pictures. However, you’ll quickly see how friendly the community is and eager to share stories of their loved ones.

Day of the Dead Parade


On November 2, the Day of the Dead Puerto Vallarta 2020 celebrations culminate in the evening with a parade, starting from the cemetery and making its way downtown. During the Day of the Dead festival parade, you’ll see small floats, charro cowboys, and people of all ages dressed up like catrinas. 

Day of the Dead and Halloween in Puerto Vallarta are festive times when families decorate the town and head out to celebrate. It’s a time to celebrate life and remember those who have passed away. Being a part of these Mexican holidays and traditions will add a touch of culture and magic to your vacation, making it one of the trips you’ll never forget.


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