Date(s) - 31/10/2023 - 01/11/2023
Although a North American tradition, Halloween is celebrated in the Lakeside area as well. Right before nightfall you will see kids trick or treating in all the local gringo neighborhoods, why those neighborhoods? Well the expats that live in these areas give out the best candy. The most visited are: La Floresta, Chula Vista, Mirasol, La Huerta and Riberas del Pilar. Halloween in Mexico is not a public holiday but it is celebrated just the same. Not in any different ways than in the USA or other countries around the world. Maybe the words used were at a bit different at one time. They said, “Queremos Halloween” which meant “We Want Halloween”.
During most of the afternoon and evening on the 31st, it will not be uncommon to see truckloads of kids being driven by their parents from one neighborhood to the next, all dressed up ready to start asking for candy. Both the communities Mexican and Expat families really get into the Halloween spirit by decorating their homes with spooky looking like attractions such as pumpkins, spider webs and even large inflatable ghosts.
There are even some families that host small Haunted houses, either in their garages or homes, adding smoke machines and scary music as the kids walk through. Some years the Lake Chapala Society hosts a large Haunted house on the grounds of the LCS, which is a fun activity for the kids before going out to “Trick or Treat”
Check out our blog post on Halloween and see more pictures in our gallery to get a more detailed view.
See some videos we have taken over the years:
The Halloween festivities are not only for the kids, there are many costume parties the adults attend during the evening, either with friends or local restaurants.