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The Dead Come to Life in Puerto Vallarta: Halloween and Day of the Dead Events in the City

Meet the Dead this Halloween!

We are excited to celebrate Halloween this year at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta. Our beautiful Preserve is going to be transformed into a scary atmosphere and we invite our valued guests and members to come on a terrifying journey.

On October 31st, our regular trolley that transports our guests around Garza Blanca and Hotel Mousai, will turn into a Spooky Trolley complete with Halloween decorations and eerie music. The Spooky Trolley is completely free and available for guests staying at both resorts. It is a unique offering that we are proud to present. The meeting point will be the Garza Blanca Lobby with departures at 7:30, 8:00 and 8:30 pm.

Guests will scream as they encounter spirits from the underworld including several zombies, the exorcist, and the grim reaper. Mexican legends La Llorona and Charro Negro, the black horseman, are also expected to visit and they will turn our resort into an atmosphere of terror! Be warned that the zombies may attempt to climb onto the Spooky Trolley, so be prepared for moments of fear, adrenaline and extreme emotion!

Your terrifying journey will conclude with a haunted walk through a dimly lit corridor and you will get chills as you navigate your way through it. For guests wishing to make the most of Halloween, a special dinner of terror will be offered in a spooky location following the walk through the haunted corridor. The Buffet of Terror is optional and included with the all-inclusive plan. The cost for European plan guests is USD $35.

The Buffet of Terror includes:

  • Wizards & Witches soup
  • Swamp Leave and Vampire Eyes Station (Salad bar)
  • Potions and Spells Station (salad dressing and bread assortment)
  • Monster and Worms Hot Station: (risotto, fish, chicken, beef steak and pork tenderloin)
  • Terror Dessert Bar

October 31st – Halloween Events in Puerto Vallarta 

If you would like to venture into the city, take a stroll down the Malecon in the evening and you will find plenty of locals and tourists dressed in ghoulish costumes, which makes for fascinating people watching.

Starting from 6pm, there will be an Around the Block Costume Contest in the Romantic Zone. To enter visit Blondies at 115 Púlpito, The Swedes Bar and Bistro at 154 Púlpito and final judging will take place at 11:00 pm at Anonimo Video Bar PV located at 157 Rodolfo Gomez. Prizes to be won.

The main events in Puerto Vallarta happening around Halloween are the Day of the Dead Festivities. From October 31st until November 3rd there will be plenty of cultural and artistic activities going on in Puerto Vallarta as it celebrates the Day of the Dead Festival. Come and be a part of the incredible atmosphere, full of parades, folkloric dancers, traditional Mexican cuisine and altar exhibitions throughout downtown.

What is the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos?

The Day of the Dead is a time to honor and remember loved ones who have died. The spirits are allowed to visit earth from the underworld for one night of the year to meet with their friends and relatives. November 1st is considered Day of the Innocents (Día de los Inocentes) or Day of the Little Angels (Día de los Angelitos), it is a holiday to honor dead children and infants. November 2 is All Souls’ Day (Día de los Difuntos) and this is the day to remember adults who have passed away.

While this celebration revolves around death, it is not as gloomy as it sounds. In fact is a happy time. A time to celebrate and remember souls who have passed and live on in our memories and to honor them with a special celebration.

The Traditions

In most of Mexico’s towns and cities, there are multiple days of festivities starting on October 31st and continuing until November 3rd. It’s a time when the cities comes to life with parades and exhibitions and many people come to join in the celebrations. You can find literally hundreds of locals and tourists dressed as living Catrines and Catrinas.  

The origins of this celebration date back hundreds of years to the Aztec tradition and was originally a festival to celebrate the Queen of the Underworld. After the Spanish conquest and the influence of the Catholic church, this festival became the Day of the Dead and is represented today by the Queen of the underworld, Calavera Catrina. She is a skeleton dressed in fine clothing that features in many paintings.  

The Day of the Dead traditions include building special commemorative altars called ofrendas that are decorated and covered in marigolds, Mexican fairs with food stalls, workshops, plays, folkloric dancers and pre-Hispanic shows to name a few.  

One of the most important rituals of the Day of the Dead celebrations takes place in the cemeteries. Friends and relatives honor departed loved ones by bringing items such as candles, incense, confetti, photographs and flowers to their graves. They also place offerings on the altars which are things that their family members enjoyed in life such as their favorite foods, perhaps some liquor or cigars. Sugar skulls are another common element that feature on the altars as well as a sweet bread called dead bread (pan de muerto) and it is only made around this time of year. All these items have significance; the food and drinks offer sustenance to the visiting dead giving them enough energy to return to the underworld, while the candles light the way for the souls to return home. The flowers are a sign of love and respect and the photographs form a tribute. 

To honor this beautiful tradition, Garza Blanca Preserve and Hotel Mousai, make a tribute for those who “are no longer with us” and offers an exhibition of altars in different locations at both hotels. Each department of the hotel is responsible for the assembly and decor. These altars can be found around the resort from November 1st to 3rd

We invite you to come and celebrate two wonderful traditions. Join us for a frightening journey on our Spooky Trolley followed by a special buffet of terror dinner and on November 1st come to our magnificent altar exhibition. If you would like to join in the festivities of the Day of the Dead Festival happening around the city, you can find a comprehensive listing below.  

Day of the Dead Festival, Events Listings, Puerto Vallarta, 2019 

There are a few places not to miss if you plan on Celebrating Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos while you are in Mexico, including: 

October 25th

Art exhibition and Party in Pilita’s street.
Free entrance!
Live Performance of the children’s Mariachi ’Raiz Jaliscience’. Costume contest for the best catrin or catrina. Altars of the dead, handmade Skulls and art exhibition allusive to death.
Art Vallarta, 213 Pilitas street (Romantic Zone)
From 6pm to 9pm

October 31st

“Panolt’ Day of the Dead Circuit
Altar of the dead exhibition, guided tours, monologue and various workshops.  
Hidalgo Park 
All day 

Mural art ‘Tribute to Death’ 
Outer fences of the Cemetery on 5 de diciembre street (5th of December street) 
All day 

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
Calle Independencia (Independence street) 
All day

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
Allende Street and Malecon 
All day 

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
In front of Los Arcos Amphitheater (Palm zone) 
All day 

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
Lazaro Cardenas Park (Romantic Zone) 
All day 

Interactive Pantheon (Exhibition from October 31st to November 11th)   
Main Square  
All day 

Exhibition of Catrinas and Catrines in palm trees/Exhibition of Altars of the Dead (This exhibition will be from October 31st to November 11th) 
Malecon 
All Day 

Skulls exhibition “Mexicraneos”.
Main Square  
From 10:00 am to 10:00 pm 


Guided engravings in the interactive Cemetery 
Main Square  
From 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Theater play “Night of the Alebrijes” by Georgina Escobar 
 “Art Vallarta” 213 Pilitas street (Romantic Zone)
1:00 pm

Workshops: confetti, paper flowers, crowns, offerings and skulls.
Main Square  
From 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Official opening of the Day of the Dead Festival 2019
Live Performance of the children’s Mariachi “Raiz Jaliscience” / Fragment of the play “Coco” 
Malecon (in front of the lighthouse)
6:00 pm 

Performance of the artist Zoe Morales
Hula-hula hoop and aerial ballet 
Malecon 
6:00 pm 

Performance by Alu Lopez  
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
6:00 pm

Kermes (Mexican Celebration with food stalls) “La Catrina Mexicana” 
Main Square  
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm 

Performance of the musical group JOFESTH 
Los Arcos Amphitheater  
7:00 pm  

Storytelling “Myths and Legends of the Port”.   
Main Square  
From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm  

Presentation of the pianist Ivan Zamora
Los Arcos Amphitheater  
8:00 pm  

Malecon walking parade “The Charra Death ” 
Starts at the Malecon and concludes at Los Arcos Amphitheater  
9:00 pm

Performance of singer Karla Yolanda
The brave voice of Vallarta
Los Arcos Amphitheater  
9:00 pm 

November 1st

Storytelling “Myths and Legends of the Port”.   
Main Square  
From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Exhibition of Catrinas and Catrines in palm trees/Exhibition of Altars of the Dead (This exhibition will be from October 31st to November 11th) 
Malecon 
All Day 

Parade of living Catrines and Catrinas
By the Cecytej School 
Hidalgo Park, IPEJAL field (in front of the stadium) 
5:30 pm 

Festival of Altarsby Cecytej
Altars of the Dead exhibition, Mexican celebration with food stalls, folkloric ballet presentations and living exhibition of catrines and catrinas. 
IPEJAL field in front of the stadium 
6:00 pm to 11:00 pm 

Performance of the artist Zoe Morales
Hula-hula hoop and aerial ballet Malecon 
6:00 pm 

Kermes (Mexican Celebration with food stalls) “La Catrina Mexicana” 
Main Square  
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm 

Performance “Mictlan” 
Performance of the pre-Hispanic dance group Tlalocan 
Cuale River Island 
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Day of the Dead 2019 Festival 
Las Palmas Main Square 
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm 

Tasting of dead bread 
Lazaro Cardenas Park 
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Sample of the play “Night of the Alebrijes” by Georgina Escobar 
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
6:45 pm 

Theater play “Night of the Alebrijes” by Georgina Escobar 
Art Vallarta, 213 Pilitas street (Romantic Zone) 
7:00 pm 

Performance of Janet with Saxophone 
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
7:00 pm

Performance of the Folkloric Ballet Tradition 
Los Arcos Amphitheater
8:00 pm 

Folkloric ballet Xiutla 
Presentation allusive to death 
Lazaro Cardenas Park 
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Day of the Dead 2019 Festival 
Las Mojoneras Main Square 
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Performance of the singer Omar Coronel, the voice of Juan Gabriel 
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
9:00 pm 

Performance of the Vallarta singer Armando Silva
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
10:00 pm 

November 2nd

1st Free Tour with Tourist Guide 
Explanation and Review of the Day of the Dead 
Cemetery on 5 de diciembre street (5 of December)  
9:00 am 

2nd Free Tour with Tourist Guide
Explanation and Review of the Day of the Dead 
Cemetery on 5 de diciembre street (5 of December)  
10:00 am 

Skulls exhibition “Mexicraneos”.  
Main Square  
From 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Guided engravings in the interactive Cemetery  
Main Square  
From 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

3rd Free Tour with Tourist Guide 
Explanation and Review of the Day of the Dead 
Cemetery on 5 de diciembre street (5 of December)  
12:00 pm 

Presentation of Mariachi and live singers
Cemetery on 5 de diciembre street (5 of December)  
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm  

4th Free Tour with Tourist Guide 
Explanation and Review of the Day of the Dead 
Cemetery on 5 de diciembre street (5 of December)  
1:00 pm

Street party at Los Muertos Brewing 
Presentation of artists, live bands and mariachi 
Constitution Street in the Emiliano Zapata neighborhood  
From 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Exhibition of Altars of Dead 
By the Union of Urban Property Owners of Puerto Vallarta. A.C.  
Square of lturbide Street, downtown    
All day

Altars of Dead Exhibition
Exterior corridors of City Hall  
All day 

“Panolt” Day of the Dead Circuit
Altar of Dead Exhibition, guided tours, monologue and various art workshops Hidalgo Park  
All day 

Mural art “Tribute to Death’ 
Outer fences of the Cemetery on 5 de diciembre street (5th of December street) 
All day 

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
Calle Independencia (Independence street) 
All day 

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
Allende Street and Malecon 
All day

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
In front of Los Arcos Amphitheater (Palm zone) 
All day 

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
Lazaro Cardenas Park (Romantic Zone) 
All day

Exhibition of Catrinas and Catrines in palm trees/Exhibition of Altars of the Dead (This exhibition will be from October 31st to November 11th) 
Malecon 
All Day 

Interactive Pantheon (Exhibition from October 31st to November 11th)   
Main Square  
All day 

Traditional Parade ‘Death is Alive 
From Cemetery on 5 de diciembre street (5th of December street) to Lazaro Cardenas Park 
5:00 pm 

Kermes (Mexican Celebration with food stalls) “La Catrina Mexicana”
Main Square  
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Workshops: confetti, paper flowers, crowns, offerings and skulls. 
Main Square  
From 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm  

Musical intervention (Mariachi)
By the music selective of Tec Vallarta.  
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
6:30 pm

Theater play “Night of the Alebrijes” by Georgina Escobar
Art Vallarta, 213 Pilitas street (Romantic Zone) 
7:00 pm  

Performance “Mictlan” 
Performance of the pre-Hispanic dance group Tlalocan 
Cuale River Island 
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

4th festival of Day of the Dead 
Ixtapa’s Main Square 
7:00 pm 

Storytelling “Myths and Legends of the Port”.
Main Square  
From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm  

Musical presentation “Singing to death”
Lazaro Cardenas Park (Romantic Zone) 
7:00 pm 

Tasting of dead bread
Activity of the Vallartense Institute of Culture and Don Chonito Bakery 
Malecon (in front of the lighthouse) 
From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Artistic presentation by the selective Dance of Tec Vallarta. 
Los Arcos Amphitheater
7:30 pm

Folkloric ballet Xiutla
Presentation allusive to death 
Lazaro Cardenas Park (Romantic Zone) 
8:00 pm 

Presentation of theater play by Tec Vallarta. 
Los Arcos Amphitheater
8:30 pm 

Live performance of the children’s Mariachi ‘Raiz Jalisciense’ 
Lazaro Cardenas Park (Romantic Zone) 
9:00 pm 

Performance of the folkloric ballet of Aguascalientes Mixcoatl 
Los Arcos Amphitheater
9:30 pm 

November 3rd

Exhibition of Altars of Dead By the Union of Urban Property Owners of Puerto Vallarta. A.C.  
Square of lturbide Street, downtown    
All day 

Altars of Dead Exhibition
Exterior corridors of City Hall  
All day

“Panolt” Day of the Dead Circuit Altar of Dead Exhibition, guided tours, monologue and various art workshops
Hidalgo Park  
All day 

Mural art “Tribute to Death’ 
Outer fences of the Cemetery on 5 de diciembre street (5th of December street) 
All day

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
Calle Independencia (Independence street) 
All day 

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
Allende Street and Malecon 
All day

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
In front of Los Arcos Amphitheater (Palm zone) 
All day 

Day of the Dead display (made of sawdust).By CUCosta University 
Lazaro Cardenas Park (Romantic Zone) 
All day

Interactive Pantheon (Exhibition from October 31st to November 11th)   
Main Square  
All day 

Skulls exhibition “Mexicraneos”
Main Square  
From 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Guided engravings in the interactive Cemetery  
Main Square  
From 10:00 am to 10:00 pm 

Workshops: confetti, paper flowers, crowns, offerings and skulls.  
Main Square  
From 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm  

Storytelling “Myths and Legends of the Port”.
Main Square  
From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Exhibition of Catrinas and Catrines in palm trees/Exhibition of Altars of the Dead (This exhibition will be from October 31st to November 11th) 
Malecon 
All Day 

Performance of the artist Zoe Morales
Hula-hula hoop and aerial ballet Malecon 
6:00 pm

Theater play “Night of the Alebrijes” by Georgina Escobar
Art Vallarta, 213 Pilitas street (Romantic Zone) 
7:00 pm 

Kermes (Mexican Celebration with food stalls) “La Catrina Mexicana”
Main Square  
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm 

Performance of the Salty Paw Jazz Combo Orchestra
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
6:00 pm 

Performance of singer All Lopez
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
7:00 pm 

Performance of Folkloric ballet traditions
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
8:00 pm

Performance of a musical show by the ‘ALAS’ School 
Los Arcos Amphitheater 
9:00 pm 

Performance “Mictlan” 
Performance of the pre-Hispanic dance group Tlalocan 
Lazaro Cardenas Park 
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm