2. See Spooky Skeletons in Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca is more about on the day after Halloween, but it still makes a macabre place to visit around that time of year. The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is celebrated throughout Mexico each November 1 and 2, but Oaxaca does it in a particularly big way. It’s a day to remember deceased ancestors with a blend of Christian and pre-hispanic traditions. Families build altars to welcome back the souls of their loved ones, and extensive spreads of food, sweets and gifts are prepared. People gather at graveyards for all-day fiestas, and skeletons dominate the decorations. The colorful skulls, bones and coffins you see, often made of sugar or chocolate, are not perceived as particularly creepy in this culture. They’re just a reminder of our own mortality. Still, most will get chills when surrounded by these deathly symbols.