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World's Weirdest Superstitions

World's Weirdest Superstitions: day of the dead

Christian Kober 1 / Alamy

Honoring los Muertos, Mexico

Using skeletons as Halloween decorations originated in Mexico, with the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Family members and friends honor the dead by assembling elaborate altars and spreads, including the deceased’s favorite foods—spirits not treated adequately will supposedly seek revenge. Tourists can look for altar displays in restaurants and businesses and join in the festivities many towns stage.  

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