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A frightfully good time for the whole family this Halloween

By AdeleTuesday 20th October 2015

It’s time to start hollowing out the pumpkins for Halloween – Image by Flickr user Cristian Iohan Ştefănescu It’s time to start hollowing out the pumpkins for Halloween – Image by Flickr user Cristian Iohan Ştefănescu From jack-o'-lanterns to ghost parades, Halloween celebrations vary greatly around the world. Countries, cities and towns have their own unique take on October 31st, often following traditions that have been around for decades. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at some of our favourite Halloween celebrations, as well the frightfully fun activities we’ll be holding onboard. Read on to find out more.

USA

As you probably know, Halloween in the USA is a massive event. People all over the country celebrate October 31st with spooky parties, festivals, trick-or-treating and incredible fancy dress costumes. Most streets and houses are decorated with fake cobwebs, skeletons, pumpkins, lanterns and other Halloween decorations – it really is a sight to see. Salem, a city on Massachusetts’ coast, is a prime spot to spend Halloween, as it’s here that the famous 1692 witch trials took place. Every year, this eerie city holds a Festival of the Dead, which includes ghost hunting, a Salem Witches’ ball, psychic mediums and a whole lot more. A visit to Salem’s Witch Museum will get you in the Halloween mood – Image by Flickr user Smart Destinations A visit to Salem’s Witch Museum will get you in the Halloween mood – Image by Flickr user Smart Destinations

Enchantment of the Seas

The Centrum has been decorated for Halloween all month and will become the venue for our fright night costume dance party on October 31st.

Explorer of the Seas

Adults and kids can take part in a fun costume parade through the Royal Promenade, ending with a dance party. Guests will also get the chance to take part in a ‘Thriller’ dance class.

Mexico

While the rest of the world celebrates Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve as it is also known, Mexico has Dia de los Muertos, which translates to Day of the Dead. Held from October 31st to November 2nd, Day of the Dead honours those who are deceased. People create personal altars where family and friends present food, drinks, sugar skulls and marigolds. They also visit the deceased at graveyards and leave offerings at their gravestones. Popular symbols of Dia de los Muertos include La Calavera Catrina (a skeleton in European dress), skulls painted with flowers and floral face paint. Colourful skulls are a prominent symbol of Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos – Image by Flickr user David Boté Estrada Colourful skulls are a prominent symbol of Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos – Image by Flickr user David Boté Estrada

Jewel of the Seas

Jewel will be holding a special costume competition and party, while kids can try their luck trick-or-treating onboard.

Oasis of the Seas

Halloween will be guests’ first night onboard Oasis, and what a great night it will be! There will be a costume competition and party in the Royal Promenade.

Ireland

Halloween in Ireland has a long history and is an important date in the Irish calendar, with huge celebrations being held every year, throughout the country. These celebrations consist of age-old traditions that stem from the pagan festival, Samhain (the end of summer). They believed that on this date, the dead spirits would visit the mortal world, so they lit bonfires, carried jack-o’-lanterns to light the way home and dressed in disguises to keep them away. These traditions are still a big part of Halloween in Ireland, alongside trick-or-treating, hiding gold rings in colcannon (a dish of potatoes, curly kale and onions) and apple bobbing. In Ireland, they light big bonfires as part of their Halloween celebrations – Image by Flickr user Lee Haywood In Ireland, they light big bonfires as part of their Halloween celebrations – Image by Flickr user Lee Haywood

Serenade of the Seas

Hopefully guests have remembered their best costume, as there will be prizes up for grabs at the onboard Halloween party.

Want to join the fun in 2016?

As well as our Halloween celebrations, we hold great onboard events throughout the year, so take a look at our cruise destinations and start planning your 2016 getaway.

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