We just celebrated Halloween at my school today, but it’s also Day of the Dead! Technically the dates are Oct. 28th, 31st, Nov. 1st and 2nd. So get your calavera (candy skull), your hojaldra (sweet bread with a “skull and bones” on top), and a candle and some cempasúchil (marigolds, which guide the spirits), and you’re ready. If you want to go all out, head to Huaquechula in Puebla state to see how it’s done.

A field of cempasúchil, and Cholula's pyramid and church in the background.

A field of cempasúchil, and Cholula’s pyramid and church in the background.

My coworker passed these out to her students.

My coworker passed these out to her students.

A miniature chocolate skull!

A miniature chocolate skull!