I think this is what I’m doing for Halloween – Sugar Skull Makeup
October 16, 2014
Happy October Everyone,
I love Fall, the change of seasons and I love Halloween! The dressing up, the decorating, and all the candy of course…. Even though the kids are out of the house I still dress up and love it! We are in a new neighborhood now and not too many kids – wondering how many trick or treaters Im gonna get this year. I also decided to give out mini cokes along with one specific candy bar – maybe snickers…. YUM! A neighbor did that one year and it was great! I mean you get thirsty walking and eating all that chocolate right? My costume this year is going to be celebrating the “day of the dead” I found this sugar skull tutorial and love this idea for me this year. Kindda scary and pretty at the same time. Gosh I love Youtube! I learn so much – how to use my camera – how to change batteries in my Bose headphones – what to make for dinner…..on & on
It also got me researching the Spanish Holiday Day of the Dead. At first glance, the Mexican custom of theDía de Muertos— the Day of the Dead — may sound much like the U.S. custom of Halloween. After all, the celebration traditionally starts at midnight the night of Oct. 31, and the festivities are abundant in images related to death.
But the customs have different origins, and their attitudes toward death are different: In the typical Halloween festivities, death is something to be feared. But in the Día de Muertos, death — or at least the memories of those who have died — is something to be celebrated.
The Día de Muertos, which continues until Nov. 2, has become one of the biggest holidays in Mexico, and celebrations are becoming more common in areas of the United States with a large Hispanic population. Its origins are distinctly Mexican: During the time of the Aztecs, a monthlong summer celebration was overseen by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead. After the Aztecs were conquered by Spain and Catholicism became the dominant religion, the customs became intertwined with the Christian commemoration of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1.
Specifics of the celebration vary with region, but one of the most common customs is the making of elaborate altars to welcome departed spirits home. Vigils are held, and families often go to cemeteries to fix up the graves of their departed relatives. Festivities also frequently include traditional foods such as pan de muerto (bread of the dead), which can conceal a miniature skeleton. I have heard that it is a day you get to act like your dearly departed is still with you – talking to them – cooking there favorite foods etc. I unfortunately lost my mom several years ago being an only child this has left a really big hole in my heart so this is a great concept to me. Carole, my mom was a huge fan of Halloween, dressing up, food and parties. So I may take on this custom myself. Not in any way trying to be disrespectful but what a great way to have fun and remember those who have passed.