Halloween is not exactly a Philippine tradition. Filipinos do honor their dead during this season. All Saints’ Day, or also called Todos los Santos, is a regular holiday in the Philippines that falls every November 1 (see All Saints Day: Regular Holiday). Undas or Araw ng mga Patay (Day of the Dead, or All Souls’ Day) is celebrated a day after, November 2. This is not a regular holiday in the Philippines, but is often declared an additional special non-working day.
Still, we see a lot of Halloween themes and parties in Philippine offices and other establishments, and Trick or Treat, with kids in full costume, is practiced in many areas. In the spirit of scary Halloween, let’s have a repository of VisitPinas-tagged, Halloween-theme photos in Instagram. Let’s start with this creepy photo by Bien Orellana Bacarra Jr (check his Instagram account, @bienbacarra, for more photos):
We find it puzzling why many of these scary Halloween costumes and photos include nuns and brides. Speaking of brides, with a movie like bridezilla, is this a subtle hint that marriage is scary? We don’t know. We do know, however, that this photo by MeLissa deLa Paz Beltran (check her Instagram account, @im_melbel, for more photos) is scary.
We are going to update this post, so tag us with your halloween photos.
[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]