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Where to Celebrate Day of the Dead in New York City

Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life, actually. As strange as that seems with all of the imagery of skulls, Catrinas (skeleton women) and shrines (ofrendas), the rationale is a positive one: bring back the spirit of the beloved dead to comfort the living and share in the present.  The holiday manifests its significance with decorations of marigolds, candles, candy skulls, pan de Muertos (a special holiday bread) and the ever-present La Catrina. Costumes with elaborate Catrina makeup, parties, parades, and festive meals are all part of the holiday which kicks off at the end of October and runs into early November.

La Catrina by Meryl Pearlstein

In New York, you don’t have to be Latino or Mexican to participate in the celebration.

For two days, on October 26 and 27, the annual Day of the Dead – Día de Muertos celebration in New York City includes a variety of events and workshops set in the churchyard of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery in the East Village. Visitors are invited to remember their own loved ones and bring copies of photographs, candles, and marigold flowers to adorn the church’s community altar. Workshops, dance, poetry and music are all part of the celebration.

La Catrina by Meryl Pearlstein

As might be expected in New York City, food plays a large role in the celebration of the holiday.

Vida Verde

Mexican Westside fave, Vida Verde holds a weeklong Day of the Dead celebration with a full range of holiday cocktails, programming and food from October 25-November 2. I especially like the aptly named Dessert for the Recently Departed (panna cotta) made with dragonfruit and chipotle raspberry sauce.

Andaz Tipsy ice cream Day of the Dead

Even ice cream gets a Día de los Muertos twist in New York.  In celebration of Día de los Muertos this year, the award-winning Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya has partnered with boozy creamery Tipsy Scoop in Brooklyn to create an exciting and exclusive mezcal-infused ice cream. Not even the dearly departed can resist this creation with a chocolate-cinnamon ice cream base infused with Montelobos Espadin Mezcal Joven and orange bitters.

Dos Caminos Day of the Dead Cocktail

Starting October 31 and continuing throughout the weekend, New York City’s four Dos Caminos restaurants host a Day of The Dead fiesta with special drinks, menu items and DJ music. Try the signature spiced calabaza and smoked bacon guacamole for a special kick – it’s deglazed with Don Julio blanco tequila – paired with a Dos Caminos Garden cocktail made with Don Julio and served in a sugar skull glass.

Halloween Happenings in Manhattan

No matter what the weather brings, the Halloween season leaves NYC with nothing short of an endless list of spooks and spectaculars.  Whether you’re looking for a taste of artistic and ghoulish creativity, a good old-fashioned scare, or another reason to dress up your pooch in a costume, you have lots and lots of choices.  Also, check out the Botanical Gardens and the Zoo for other special offerings.  Be sure to keep tabs on the parade to see whether Sandy has caused any delays or disruptions.
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The Best Haunted Houses In NYC

If you are looking for a good scare this Halloween then what better way to do it at one of the many haunted houses in New York City. We know that there is a lot to choose from, and though most of them are good, there are a few that aren’t. So, ranging from amusing to absolutely terrifying, here are the four most popular haunted houses in the city—and everything you need to know about them.

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