Trick or treat?
A vacation at an all-inclusive resort is always going to be the latter, but what about a trip during the festivities of Halloween?
Get your scariest face on – we’re heading down Mexico way — with our list of the best all-inclusive resorts to celebrate Dia de Las Brujas (a festival considered mainly for childre and the closest equivalent to American-style halloween festivities, not to be confused with Dia de Muertos aka Day of the Dead, which is a Mexican holiday that honors deceased loved ones).
First, All about Halloween
Halloween hails from Pagan beginnings – the Celts know it better as Samhain. Falling the day before All Saint’s Day – it is commonly known as All Hallows’ Eve. As in much of the world, Mexican kids love to celebrate this ghoulish festival and go door-to-door knocking for treats – dressed up in the scariest best. Candy and toys are manufactured to resemble skulls, coffins and skeletons – all in the best possible taste! All Saints’ Day is celebrated on November 1st, and All Souls’ Day follows on November 2nd. Many resorts give out free candy to residents over the Halloween break, and some resorts offer costumes to kids to wear during on-site festivities – or you can always pack your own.
Let’s take a look at the best all-inclusive resorts for celebrating Halloween.
Hotel XcaretFor those with really young children, it’s probably best to enjoy the on-site activities, but for those with older tweens or teens (and yes adults too!) there are few places that have more fun options for both Dia de Muertos and Dia de Las Brujas than Check PricesHotel Xcaret (and Check PricesHotel Xcaret Arte for adults-only)….in addition to the numerous offerings at the resort, a stay includes access to all of their eco-parks (at the time of this writing, please check in advance for inclusions before booking), where they go all-out with traditional festivities, music, parades, food, costumes, and so much more!
Finest Playa MujeresFor an upmarket ghoulish experience, Check PricesFinest Playa Mujeres is hard to beat. However, there’s nothing formidable or frightening here. There’s a Mini Club a Maxi Club and a Teen Club, for terrors of all sizes. The Imagine Lounge is where they may be dropped off for childcare whilst their parents enjoy a leisurely breakfast or dinner. Not just for Halloween, come along for the adventure at Finest Playa Mujeres, where “Junior guests get to design their own vacation experiences” with all-day activities for all ages–from toddlers to tweens to teens. Away time is play time at the children’s pool with its own built-in playground. There’s even a pool just for babies and toddlers, and three indoor areas that are grownup-free zones. Plus a kids plaza, mini spa and mini theater that offer up big-time amusements.
Hard Rock Hotel VallartaA rock star vacation where you can dress up your little VIPs as Harley Quinn and Co, and head down to the Check PricesHard Rock Hotel Vallarta. There’s nothing remotely frightening about the fabulous rooms at suites at the Hard Rock, but you can bang out some terrible tunes if you wish, as there’s not just free Wifi, but also a selection of guitars (PICKS® program) and Crosley turntables (wax® program) available upon request and availability. Adults can dress up as their favorite dead rock star …. Just don’t throw the TV from the balcony!
El Cozumeleno Beach ResortKnown as Ah-Cuzamil-Peten (Island of Swallows) by its earliest inhabitants, Mexico’s largest and most populated island is home to Check PricesEl Cozumeleno Beach Resort. It’s also the perfect base for witches, ghouls, and skeletons for the Halloween break. Dressed up pirates will also feel at home here, as it’s a world class diving reef, and was highlighted in a Jacques Cousteau TV documentary. There are ancient Mayan ruins in the north and south of the island, which are worth visiting and may be packed with the ghostly remains of former residents…depending on your imagination! Ghostly happenings aside, the resort is jam-packed with things to do, including a children’s activity center, giving the bones of the older skeletons a bit of a break.
So, head down Mexico way for ghoulish, ghostly fun and games, for your Halloween vacation!