Young revelers take part in a parade called "La Calabiuza," on the eve of the Day of the Dead, in El Salvador. (Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images)
Think Halloween is spooky? Our tradition of collecting candy in costume is mere child's play to Roman Catholic countries. There, revelries take place in the cemeteries, as families celebrate the Day of the Dead by actually hosting memorials over the graves of their loved ones. But stay away from any morbid reflections. This day is a celebration, with candy, costumes, parades and dance.
The day, also called All Saints' Day or Dia de los Muertos, begins at midnight on Nov. 1 and the party lasts through Nov. 2. Here are some images from around the world.
During the celebration, the revelers recall the characters of the mythology of Cuzcatlan --pre-Columbian west and central regions of El Salvador-- and their dead relatives. (Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images) A boy and his family take part in the Day of the Dead festival in Chinaulta, Guatemala. (Daniel LeClair/Reuters)
The "Tree of Death with Flowers" during celebrations for the Day of Dead at Mexico City's Zocalo Square. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman sits by a relative's grave at Santa Maria Atzompa cemetery in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Carlos Salinas/AFP/Getty Images)
People light candles inside a church in Nueva Esperanza cemetery on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. (Mariana Bazo/Reuters)
Filipinos walk past a man inside a pink coffin as they head toward cemeteries to honor the dead in Manila, Philippines. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images)
Haitians pay homage to relatives in Port-au-Prince. (Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images)
Practitioners in Haiti visit the tombstones of relatives and pay their respects to Baron Samedi, the god of the dead. (Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images)