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Free Day of the Dead Halloween event in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket

Free Day of the Dead Halloween event in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket

The Grassmarket will be transformed into a spooky playground on Halloween as a line-up of free events is confirmed.

Aiming to bring a taste of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration to Edinburgh, families can paint their own ‘Day of the Dead’ face masks, get their face painted or decorate some edible skulls.

Running between 10am and 5pm on October 31, new restaurant El Toro Loco will be on hand to shake up some Apple and Habernero Margarita mocktails, Champurrado - which is Mexican hot chocolate made with chilli - and Pan de Muerto, or Bread of the Dead, which is traditionally made to look like a pile of bones.

There will also be a £10 meal for one voucher for everyone who turns up in their ghoulish Halloween outfit.

El Toro Loco opened their doors in July as a new venture from Mamma's American Pizzeria, who have been in the Grassmarket for 25 years.

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With burritos, quesadillas and tacos washed down with frozen margaritas, the restaurant is fully kitted out in Mexican style.

Paul Duncan, owner of El Toro Loco, says: “We are really keen to mark this traditional, family Mexican celebration.

"Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos is a fun and upbeat annual event which allows families to remember their loved ones who have died in a very positive and respectful way.”

Tuck into fresh Mexican street food at El Toro Loco

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