Halloween high jinks give way to sombre tradition of visiting graves

Relatives in a Malaga cemetery on Friday morning.
Relatives in a Malaga cemetery on Friday morning. / F. SILVA
  • The first day of November is All Saints' Day and, on this public holiday, families remember their departed loved ones and place fresh flowers in cemeteries

Perhaps it is because of the large international population or Spain's reputation for enjoying a good celebration. Whatever the reason, the Costa erupted last night in the warm weather with spooky events celebrating the Gaelic and American traditions of Halloween.

Halloween fun in Malaga

Halloween fun in Malaga / F. PALACIOS

Each year Spain enters more and more into the spirit of 31 October and in towns and villages many events were organised by local councils and community groups. Marbella held a series of activities around the Old Town, including children's games and entertainment while Estepona opted for a charity fundraising event. In Fuengirola, there was also a charity event. Casares ran games both in the village and on the Costa, including a fancy dress competition, as did nearby Sabinillas.

In the Axarquía's Torre del Mar, a ghost train in the town centre was among the variety of attractions laid on, while along the coast, Maro, outside Nerja, was this year celebrating the innovative 'Maroween' .

Celebrating Halloween in Marbella.

Celebrating Halloween in Marbella. / JOSELE

A serious time to remember

Today (Friday 1 November) cemeteries thoroughout the area will be busy with relatives coming to remember their loved ones and tend their graves in the long-standing visiting tradition for All Saints' Day, a public holiday, that continues on All Souls' Day, on Saturday 2nd.

Most public cemeteries have extended their opening times to cope. At Malaga's main San Gabriel cemetry, managers estimated that 80,000 people passed through its gates over the same few days in 2018.