My first Mexican Halloween, I had no idea what to expect. One thing happened that no one expected was RAIN! and bucket loads of it. Since Steve and Brian were playing at Cate’s Legends Bar we thought we would go there and listen to the music and see what was going on. Soon crowds of kids, most with parents following, began arriving with small bags and plastic pumpkins, some just had a bowl. Some shouted Halloween, Halloween, some just smiled but not one trick or treat was uttered. The bar and patrons handed out candy until it was all gone. When I went home a little before 10 some kids were still splashing through the streets looking for anyone who had candy left. The kids were in costumes, most home made and clever, some with purchased masks, most had their face painted or decorated including parents. Frequently the parents were in some sort of costume or at least face paint. I think this will be the Halloween the kids talk about for years, running ankle deep in water from place to place to get their treats. An interesting evening , next year I will be prepared with a bag of candy for treats.
Halloween is fun time for kids and parents, where Dia del Muerto is more celebratory and I would have thought more somber. But here in Zihuatanejo it was also a fiesta.
Morgan and I went to watch the parade of catrinas on Calle Adelita last night and viewed many of the lovely alters that had been set up along the way and at the small cemetery. Quite artistic, thoughtful, some included pictures of past family members, foods or drinks they enjoyed. A truly lovely sentiment and you know as they construct these alters their thoughts are about those whom they are remembering. their lives together.
The parade of the catrinas was a disappointment. I had expected beautifully painted faces, lovely costuming and what happened was a two minute passing of a group of 20 or so tightly packed together so you really couldn’t see individuals and most seemed to be in black robes white faces and then they were gone. But that is what happens when you have too high of expectations, best to keep ones mind more open
The fiesta part, was as expected, very loud music, some sort of a play was being conducted on a stage, table after table of food for sale, elbow to elbow folks visiting, laughing and enjoying themselves. Very Mexican. Still more Dia del Muerto come today. Signing off KO