Spending Halloween in Placencia? Here’s What’s Happening This Spooky Season

by Megan Rodden

While not traditionally a Belizean holiday, Halloween festivities have been happily embraced by much of the country.  Influenced by American culture, many towns and villages throughout Belize celebrate Halloween to some degree or another.  Fun-loving and celebratory by nature, we look for any excuse to dress up and throw a party.  Placencia in particular, has wholeheartedly adopted the holiday. Homes and businesses adorn themselves with decorations, costumes, and themed parties are planned, and kids parade through town showing off their creepy and creative costumes while collecting candy.  Will you be spending Halloween in Placencia this year?  Here’s what to expect this spooky season. 

Activities Galore for Little Ghosts and Goblins 

Image via Wandrly Magazine

The Peninsula has plenty of parties planned for the kids.  Kickstart the weekend with a Thrills and Chills Halloween Party on Friday night at the Flying Pig Pub.  Local NGO, the Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC), will host a fun fete for little monsters featuring a costume contest, games, treats, and dancing. 

On Sunday from 3-5p, The Placencia Beach Club will hold their second annual Trunk Or Treat event which is sure to become a beloved village tradition.  All children are invited to come in costumes and participate in trick-or-treating and carnival-style games. 

Halloween night is the culmination of haunting happenings.  Itz’ana Resort will have a beachside bash for little guys and ghosts followed by a special spooky edition of their outdoor cinema.  In Placencia Village, the kids will take to the street and sidewalk for a Halloween costume parade from the Pier to Tipsy Tuna Beach Bar.  Candy and prizes will be given out before the little monsters are set loose for trick-or-treating.

Good Times for Grown-Up Guys and Ghouls

Halloween Parties are planned at places up and down the peninsula. You’ll be spoiled for choices on where to haunt this Halloween Weekend.  For a spirited shindig, check out the newly opened Bikini Bottom Bar on Friday night in Maya Beach. They’re offering big prize money for their costume contest and promise a party that will rage until 2 a.m. 

Saturday evening will see the majority of ghostly gatherings.  Expect a crowd at the neighboring Tipsy Tuna and Barefoot Beach Bars; both will have their scary soirees on Saturday night and partygoers always enjoy bouncing between the two seaside establishments.  Sunday night step out in style to Inky’s rooftop martini bar at Sirenian Bay Resort. Spend a sparkling evening under the stars revisiting a bygone era of glamor and intrigue at their Gatsby-themed party. 

Then, prepare yourself for a fang-tastic Halloween Day pre-party at Bikini Bottom Bar in Maya Beach.  They’re holding a Blood Drive on Tuesday from 10 am -3 pm and will feed you for free if you donate to Dracula (the Belize Red Cross).   Cozy up with your favorite spirits at Itz’ana Resort’s Biblio Bar for an evening of creepily crafted cocktails on All Hallows Eve.

If you’re spending Halloween in Placencia, expect plenty of chills, thrills, tricks, and treats!  Bring a costume and prepare for a good time.  Games, parades, themed cocktails, and costume contests- it’s spooky season in Belize, how frightful and delightful!

Featured Photo by Itz’ana Resort

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