Hal­loween has a firm hold on Amer­i­cans, but this fall we’re ex­plor­ing an even sweeter tra­di­tion: Día de los Muer­tos, or Day of the Dead.

Allrecipes - - Mixer - By Cait­lyn Di­imig

This Mex­i­can hol­i­day of re­mem­brance is tra­di­tion­ally ob­served be­tween Oc­to­ber 31 and Novem­ber 2. While Hal­loween con­jures up the idea that what lies be­yond the grave is spooky, Day of the Dead em­braces the spir­its of those we’ve lost. And it truly isn’t somber—it’s a col­or­ful, joy­ful, and de­li­cious cel­e­bra­tion! Ob­servers of the tra­di­tion pre­pare their loved ones’ fa­vorite dishes as of­fer­ings in hopes that the food will help guide their spir­its back from the af­ter­life.

While we can’t know what your lost loved ones’ most trea­sured dishes were, we’ve rounded up a few Mex­i­can recipes All­recipes com­mu­nity mem­bers love, as well as a host of beau­ti­ful Mex­i­can­made and Mex­i­can-in­spired dec­o­ra­tions for a fes­tive party you and your liv­ing guests are sure to en­joy.

Serve tamales on Bet­ter Homes & Gar­densBurns Din­ner­ware. $50 for 16-piece set at Wal­mart

Serve Mex­i­can so­das in Santino Re­cy­cled Dou­bleOld-Fash­ioned Glasses. The thick green-glass soda bot­tles you love live on in these prettyglasses made in Mex­ico from re­cy­cled Coca-Cola bot­tles. $51 for set of six atpot­tery­barn.com

String up a col­or­ful Papel Pi­cado Ban­ner. Each de­sign on this 10-flag, 18-foot ban­ner was hand­made by ar­ti­san pa­per cut­ters in Mex­ico. $14.50 for large springpat­tern at mex­events.com

Sass up your table with a Día de los Muer­tos Dog made by first-gen Mex­i­can Amer­i­can artist Iris Romero. Choose from many hand­painted ce­ramic pieces in her Etsy store, Calav­erasArt, or get your re­quest in early for a cus­tom work like this one. $50 for 5-inch dog fig­urine at etsy.com

Dec­o­rate Sugar Skulls with royal ic­ing. $13 for skull mold or $9.50 for pre­made skull at mex­i­can­sug­arskull.com

Serve condi­ments in a La Chamba Triple Salsa Dish. This Colom­bian black clay ves­sel is heat safe, so it works well for hot dips and cool sal­sas. $28 at an­cient­cook­ware.com

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