Dia de Los Muertos

My favorite time of year

By Maria Reyna
Published on LatinoLA: October 22, 2008

Dia de Los Muertos

It's my favorite time of the year again.

As a kid I loved Halloween. I have so many fond childhood memories of all the neighborhood kids dressing up and going out Trick or Treating.

As soon as the sun set we were out that door and didn't return till our bags were full of candy and we were exhausted from walking from house to house.

It was the time of year when we could be creative and dress up and imagine that we were someone else. It was the time of year that we could eat all the candy we could possibly handle.

I could never understand why at some houses, there were kids passing out candy instead of them out Trick or Treating.

I just loved coming home and emptying our bags on the living room floor to see who had gotten the most and the best candy.

And of course our moms would pick the best of the bunch the fun-size Snickers and Baby Ruth's.

But it didn't matter. We had plenty to share and enough to last us at least a week.

Then we got too big to Trick or Treat right around the end of Junior High.

Now I get to see my children get excited about dressing up and going out Trick or Treating. And I get to pick the best of the bunch of candy when we get home. My all-time favorite the Smarties and Sweet Tarts.

It's still fun looking at all that candy on the living room floor.

I start my holiday season with the Day of The Dead Festival with an altar and art exhibit and this year I made some hand-beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings to sell at the event. This is my third year participating in the Dia de Los Muertos celebration at the San Juan Capistrano Library in San Juan Capistrano, CA on Oct. 26, 2008.

It truly is an event worth going to, with music, art, altars, food, dance and activities for the entire family. And it's a free event that can be enjoyed by everyone.

LatinoLA is one of the best places to find a Dia de Los Muertos event.

If you can't make it to this one, find an event that you can attend.

I guarantee that you will have a great time.

Remember your dead relatives and appreciate the living ones.

Don't forget to set your clocks an hour behind on Nov. 2ndAnd please get out and VOTE this Nov. 4th, 2008

About Maria Reyna:
M. Reyna-varied artist, painter, poet, storyteller.
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