While I love costumes and candy, I'm the type of girl that has nightmares for months after seeing just a preview of a horror flick. That's what I love about Dia de Los Muertos: it's not scary!
November 2 is a day to celebrate the memories of your departed loved ones, make sugar skulls, build little altars, and get a bit more comfortable with the idea that death is part of life.
A couple of years ago I had an altar-crafting party where my friends came over with their dearly departeds' favorite food and drink. We feasted and then glued glitter, sequins, feathers and found objects to the sugar skulls I'd made in advance. The idea was to invite our friends in the spirit world to come party with us. We all had a fabulous time.
This year I have my tia Miriam to commemorate...garlic, onions, cinnamon and dulce de leche will most certainly be on the menu. Who will you be celebrating?