The Day of the Dead isn’t the same as Halloween. It’s a day where mainly people living in Mexico celebrate the past life of their ancestors, not their death. It is celebrated on the first and second of November, the fist day is “los Inocentes” (Day of the Innocents) and the children that have passed on are celebrated. The second day is for the adults that have passed. On both days, at midnight people gather at the graves of their loved ones and cover them with food and candles to guide the way of the spirits. Also at many homes you can find an altar holding elaborate dishes and fresh fruit along with pictures of the one being honored and little items such as a childhood teddy bear or their favorite wine bottle.
Another popular item that can be found on an a is a sugar skull. They are very fun and not very messy to make so I like to make them and when I do I use this recipe: 4 cups granulated sugar 4 teaspoons meringue powder (I use egg whites instead) 10 teaspoons water (more if needed) (If you would like to have colored skulls add 5-10 drops of food coloring to the water but be extra careful not to splash when mixing) mix all the ingredients together (in order listed) and stir. After you mix, let them sit for 5-8 hours. Then you can make a skull using a skull mold (order from http://www.mexicansugarskull.com) or mold them into 3-D or 2-D skulls your self (I prefer to mold by hand). After molding them you can decorate them with frosting, (if you plan on eating them) or you can use beads, foil and anything else you have if you plan on using them for decoration. Have fun making them! Y feliz día de los muertos!