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by Rachel Devitt

October 29, 2012

Día de los Muertos 2012

by Rachel Devitt  |  October 29, 2012

Halloween as we know it in the United States isn't celebrated the same way everywhere in the world, although many other countries likewise acknowledge those who have left the world of the living. Let's just say it's a death-obsessed time of year.

Halloween is starting to gain ground in Latin America, with kids dressing up and trick-or-treating everywhere from Colombia to Mexico. And why not? A strong foundation for the holiday already exists. On November 1, Latin Americans traditionally celebrate Día de los Muertos, in which families and friends gather to commemorate departed loved ones with eating, drinking, music and general fiesta-making. It's a joyous occasion, of course. But it's also one in which sugar skulls grin over every party, and the ghosts or souls of the departed are said to walk the earth again. Combine the walking dead of November 1 with the creepy creatures of Latin myth and legend, and you have some seriously scary, Halloween-friendly stuff on your hands. Like vampiros, fantasmas and chupacabras (vampire goats!) -- oh my! Not to mention terrifyingly tragic tales like the legend of La Llorona.

So we put together a little playlist of songs about, well, death, from dead lovers to the undead, from ghosts to those grinning calaveras. Perfect for any way you choose to celebrate, whether it's by honoring lost loved ones, turning out the lights and getting your horror-movie scream on, or just, you know, eating a ton of candy.

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