Earlier this fall we found a new place to live here in town and for a long while we didn't have internet. As a result, our ability to post events was interrupted for more than two months. So, some of the posts found here may be a little dated or just plain out of order. What do you want for "nuthin'" right? Enjoy them anyway.
Halloween in Sayulita is a gruesome affair. Lots of gore, blood and down right creepiness. The first couple Halloweens spent here in Sayulita the kids went as very tame characters. Trace has gone as a superhero and a skeleton. Alex has dressed up as a princess and a witch. This year the "scare" level went up a notch adding blood, fangs, rotting skin and other costume alterations. Costa Verde International School's annual Halloween event is always the place to go. A big social event with games for the little ones and a haunted house for the bigger kids. The kids love it and many of the adults get in the spirit and dress as well.
Dia de los Muertos is another thing entirely and should not be mistaken for Mexico's equivalent of Halloween. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The kid's school, Escuela del Mundo, participated in a San Pancho community event building it's own alter, a traditional activity on this day. The alter is often lit with lots of candles and decorated with flowers, photos of loved ones and even favorite items of those being remembered. Other groups built their own alters, sold food or played live music. There was even a "Calavera Catrina" costume contest. This was the first year for the event and very well attended so we hope it happens again next year.
|Escuela del Mundo's alter|
|Alex' friend Luna as "Catrina"|
Two different holidays just a few days apart and we enjoy both of them when they come around this time of year.