Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead if you like) is sometimes seen as the Mexican version of Halloween. Actually it's rather more complex than that. It stems from an ancient indigenous Mexican belief that at midnight on 31 October, the gates of heaven open and the spirits of deceased family members come to enjoy the celebrations for the first two days of November. Here are the best events in London honouring the tradition...
CARNIVAL PARTY: Troxy's Festival of the Dead party always sells out in advance, so get in quick if you want a spot. It has something of a carnival atmosphere, with acrobats and dancers, giant skulls and skeletons in procession, plus piñatas and professional face painting. £23-£28, book ahead, 20 October
A SWEET TREAT: Biscuit icing geniuses Biscuiteers run icing workshops at their Battersea and Notting Hill cafes. Spend two hours learning the tricks and techniques they use, and leave with a box of sugar skull biscuits you've iced yourself. £78, book ahead, 24 October (Battersea)/28 October (Notting Hill)
SPOKEN WORD: Regular spoken word event Crick Crack Club rocks up at Rich Mix for a Day of the Dead special. Expect an evening of enchanting rituals, shrines and stories, brought to life by expert storytellers. £9-£11, book ahead, 1 November
FESTIVAL DE MOLE: Mexican restaurant and tequila bar Mestizo combines its Festival de Mole and Dia de los Muertos celebrations to offer a special menu of Mexican recipes and sauces, plus an altar is on display in the restaurant to welcome back the departed. 26 October-2 November