Did you know that Halloween is an abbreviation of 'All Hallows Eve'? It is the night BEFORE the actual holiday! In Mexico and many parts of Central and South America, as well as many cities in the United States, people celebrate All Souls Day and All Saints Day by celebrating Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). This is a special holiday when loved ones who are deceased are remembered fondly.
"Tell me how you die, and I will tell who you are... To the inhabitant of New York,Paris or London death is a word that is never uttered because it burns the lips. The Mexican, on the other hand, frequents it, mocks it, caresses it, sleeps with it, entertains it: it ids one of his favorite playthings and his most enduring love."
Octavio Paz, The Labrynth of Solitude
(Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 1961)
Here in America, this seems like a 'strange' custom - skeletons are clowns and sugar skulls are a tasty treat! We are going to explore this unique custom and learn that different doesn't have to mean scary.