Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

The Way I See It

 

 

Tomorrow is Halloween and this celebration brings back such great memories. My kids were great at costume ideas and I was the one that tried to make them come to life. Not once did they ever complain what/ how I sewed/pieced together. But then, they were pretty laid back offspring. I miss those days, but I try to still dress up for it, if nothing more to just pass out candy to trick-ortreaters. We always had a great time when we dressed up when I worked at the paper. A number of years ago friends would throw Halloween parties and those costumes were hilarious! There were some pretty creative outfits for certain. This past weekend, my boyfriend and I attended the Dia de los Muertos celebration in downtown New Braunfels. So many Calaveras (skeletons) and other costumes were roaming around the venue. Some were quite beautiful and some were downright scary but it was ALL fun.

They had a parade with folks carrying photos of loved ones as well as an ofrenda (altar) in the middle of the street. There were huge chalkboards where people could add their loved one’s names, too.

Looking up info on the celebration, I was stunned that I never knew that All Saint’s Day, November 1, is also known as Dia de los Inocentes – honoring deceased children and infants. I also thought that All Soul’s Day, November 2, was the same as All Saint’s Day. But it isn’t. That is the day others who have passed away are honored. The festive crowd, complete with flower halos, face paintings and great entertainment – Augie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez – added so much to these first-timers. We will certainly attend again and for this Halloween, Uncle Fester and Morticia Addams will be in attendance to pass out treats this year at our home.

The way I see it, dress up if you can and enjoy your neighborhood, family and friends’ kiddos’ costumes. And if not, try to remember those loved ones who have passed on the hallow days that follow.

SUE BROWN is a columnist of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at psuebrown@gmail.com.

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