Halloween on Boracay 2014

So, once again Boracay is preparing for Halloween and, each year, the party’s get bigger and the costumes get crazier.

Until around 5-6 years ago Halloween was barely celebrated at all on the island. In fact the only parties and costumes to be found was amongst the ex-pat communities.

Now the majority of hotels celebrate Halloween. For some it may be limited to decorating their Reception or Restaurant area, for others it may include a special meal, a fancy dress competition or parade and games for the children.

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Whats on the Menu? Beach Buffet at Boracay Regency

Whats on the Menu?
Beach Buffet at Boracay Regency

What is Halloween?

Halloween is a night celebrated on 31st October, also known as All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve, as the 1st of November is All Saints Day.  All Saints Day is a day dedicated to remembering the dead, including Saints (or Hallows), Martyrs and beloved family members, across the World.

Halloween is traditionally believed to have been a Pagan Festival (Gaelic Samhain), which became Christianised. Samhain marked the end of the harvest period for crops and the start of winter, or the ‘Dark Period’ in pre-Christian Britain and Europe. Samhain was believed to be a time when Spirits and Fairies could cross more easily in to the living world. To protect themselves from being taken back to the Spirit/Underworld people would dress up as spirits to disguise themselves, they would light bonfires and would also offer food and drink to the spirits to appease them and pay, in advance, for healthy crops the next year.

Today’s Halloween is very different, and whilst many cultures still see families visiting their Family mausoleums or grave sites to spend All Saints Day with passed family members, Halloween has become a night for parties and Trick or Treating.

Costumes are inventive and are no longer just scary or macabre; on Boracay groups of friends often choose a theme for their costumes which have included a Scout Troop, Avatar and Swan Lake!

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You can see these groups walking up and down the beach path, stopping to pose for photos with tourists and locals, or at the big clubs which run special Halloween Nights; Juice Bar, Epic, Summerplace, Club Paraw and Guilly’s Island

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Parades & Trick or Treating

Many of the Schools, and some of the hotels, now organise Beach Parades for the children on the island.  The parades usually include stop-offs at various beach front establishments and bars, where party games like ‘Bobbing for Apples’ are waiting.

Trick or Treating is left to the children and when asked ‘Trick or Treat?’, you can opt to give them some candy or ask for a ‘Trick’.  A trick may take the form of a short dance, a magic trick, a song or talent OR it might be a water pistol, or flour, or something that will make you jump.

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After all those scares and all that partying, you’ll want to find somewhere safe and sound to rest your head and recover.  So Check out these great accommodation deals, which are available for the Halloween Period:-

Low Season Adventure Package

Villa Sunset Promo Package

Real Maris Island Getaway

Boracay Ocean Club Family Package

Boracay Super Group Deal

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Boracay 2013 Halloween Photos

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Boracay Island is one of the best places to celebrate Halloween. A number of Boracay hotels, restaurants and bars host Halloween parties with prizes going to people with the best costumes.

Photo credits go to Weekend Warriors Productions, Mark Bell, and Alex Lin Gau. Thank You!

Beachfront Boracay Station 1 Hotels – Nigi Nigi Too

View from the 2nd floor balcony of Nigi Nigi Too

View from the 2nd floor balcony of Nigi Nigi Too

One of the coziest places to stay in Boracay Island that offers ocean views and excellent food is Nigi Nigi Too Beach Resort. This beachfront Boracay hotel is located just steps from the famous Willy’s Rock at Station 1.

The hotel offers mid-range prices for spacious rooms in one of the best locations on the island. All rooms are decorated with oriental flair overlooking either the ocean or the tropical garden.

Each room is furnished with cable TV, mini fridge, hot shower, airconditioning, and WiFi. Staff and employees are some of the friendliest and most accommodating on the island. Nigi Nigi Too also provides room service, airport transfers, and a nanny service.

The bar and restaurant on the beach is a popular hang-out for both local islanders and foreign travelers. Food (international and Asian) and drinks are excellent as well as the dining and bar service.

The restaurant and bar, which are practically on the beach, serve international beer brands as well as the country’s famous San Miguel Beer served ice cold each time. Try the appetizers, the gourmet pizzas, and their signature burgers.

Massage area by the beach

Massage area by the beach

One of the highlights of this Boracay hotel is the massage area by the beach which offers the perfect setting and ocean views to relax while getting a massage.

Nigi NIgi Too Resort sits on one of the best parts of White Beach for swimming with a wide and clean beachfront. It is one of the most popular Boracay Station 1 hotels on the island for short or long-term stay.

Boracay Spanish Restaurant – Take Your Taste Buds on an Island Adventure this Halloween

halloween party boracay tapas barIf your taste buds are feeling adventurous, a great way to exploit this opportunity is to dine on dishes in one night. Of course it can be a challenge to do that if you have to order several full meals just for yourself, so visiting a local Boracay tapas bar can solve this dilemma.

At Dos Mestizos, you will find a wide array of authentic Spanish tapas every Saturday evening. Each year tapas are also served on the house to locals for the restaurant’s Halloween party. Locals can eat all the tapas they want during Halloween but there is only one catch, and that is to come in a costume.

dos mestizos halloween party 2013The tapas bar at this Boracay Spanish restaurant consists of a spread of roughly a dozen choices. Try popular selections such as the Dos Mestizos chorizo, ensalada de pulpo, gambas, salpicao de vaca, and callos. Pair them up with some pasta or European bread that are also baked fresh and served at the restaurant. Party starts at 7pm, October 31.

Dos Mestizos can be found at Station 2, on Remedios Street, mid-way between Best Western Boracay Tropics a popular and highly visible Boracay hotel along the main road and the Tourist Center on the beach. This Boracay restaurant sits just a few feet from the police station along the same street.