Partying in a graveyard sound like your thing? Join the living and the dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the annual Dia De Los Muertos festival.
- When? 31 October - 2 November 2017
- Where? Hollywood Cemetery, Los Angeles
- Price: $20 per person
You might have outgrown trick or treating, but we guarantee LA’s Day of the Dead celebrations will see you donning your finest sugar skull and searching for your spookiest outfit.
Dia De Los Muertos takes place at the end of October every year in the ever-spooky Hollywood cemetery and promises 12 hours of Halloween fun. Dates are yet to be released for 2017, but last year it was held on the 29th of October from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. and saw tickets priced at $20 per person.
Dia De Los Muertos is a family event and there are plenty of arts and crafts workshops and stalls catering for the younger visitors, including a competition for the best 'calaca' (skeleton) costume. There’s also a full line up of music and theatrical acts including Aztec Ritual Dancers and live bands on various stages throughout the day. This year’s entertainment includes popular Mexican singer Julieta Venegas as well as singer-songwriter Mitre.
An important part of the celebrations is the creation and presentation of Altars. Day of the Dead is based on the belief that, for 24 hours, the gates of heaven open allowing spirits to return to earth. The Altar is a key part of this as it is believed to show the souls their way home. As part of the celebrations at Hollywood Cemetery, visitors are invited to create and exhibit their very own altars with the best in each category winning $3,000.
Dressing up is really encouraged so be sure to look the part; think scary senoritas, dead mariachi players and all manner of spooky costumes. Get the face paints out and indulge your inner child - when else are you going to get the chance to cavort around a graveyard dressed as a skeleton without people thinking that you’re a complete weirdo?
- Get there: Head towards central LA and then find the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
- Stay: The cemetery is in Hollywood, but this may be a more expensive option for accommodation. Anywhere in central LA should serve you well though.
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