IN SPAIN, ALL SAINTS DAY IS WHAT TO THE NATIVES WHAT HALLOWEEN IS TO THE AMERICANS

IN SPAIN, ALL SAINTS DAY IS WHAT TO THE NATIVES WHAT HALLOWEEN IS TO THE AMERICANS »

25 Oct, 2021
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The three-day festival of All Saints and Souls Days honor the dearly departed by visiting them in their final resting places. And as such it has nothing to do with trick or treat. Because of Spaniards flocking to the cemeteries, local governments offer extra bus services. In Madrid, the municipal government has acted in character. See the extra bus services here.

CORONA FAILS TO SPOOK THE ZOMBIES INTO A COMPLETE SHUTDOWN!

CORONA FAILS TO SPOOK THE ZOMBIES INTO A COMPLETE SHUTDOWN! »

8 Nov, 2020
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I'm a freelance journalist who took off to Madrid for a look-see and enjoy what was on offer while I was there. I was hoping to write a story about Halloween in this once-bustling capital. Considering how fiesta-loving the Spaniards are, All Saints Day cum Halloween should be quite festive. On the other hand, I had to get real. These are unusual times, the Era of the Covid. And I should be prepared to join a terribly watered-down holiday. . . Guess what I found out!

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE GOOD OLD DAYS, HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN,” 22 October 1971

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE GOOD OLD DAYS, HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN,” 22 October 1971 »

20 Oct, 2018
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This article was first published when the Franco regime was still on. Hence the strictures on the Halloween celebrations you'll be reading about. ("The Spanish police may be expected to take exceedingly dim view of Halloween hi-jinks in public. And remember that masks or costume disguises in public are against Spanish law. . .") Other than those, the article is as timeless and fun to read today as it was 47 years ago. It would be; this is the third time it is being reprinted!

STATESIDE STORIES: ALL HALLOWS EVE!

STATESIDE STORIES: ALL HALLOWS EVE! »

28 Oct, 2016
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In my childhood, I dressed up as a princess, a witch and a Crown Royal purple bag with a golden cord, and I made sure our house was the most haunted-looking on the block!

STATESIDE STORIES: Halloween is here!

STATESIDE STORIES: Halloween is here! »

22 Oct, 2015
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Halloween as the Americans do it. Couldn’t get better than that — though there is a sober underside!