Perfect Day: A Deadly Walk

By Jade Arroyo

Ending the month and beginning November, we celebrate both the Day of the Dead and HalloweEn. Thinking about these spectral topics, there are several places you can visit.

1. You can start youR day at Cumpanio (Correo and Recreo) having a sweet breakfast with coffee or chocolate and Pan de Muertos (dead bread) shaped like bones. This Pan de Muerto can only be savoured during these festivities. When you’re done, you can walk a bit to visit la Parroquia, the most famous one in the city.

2. Visit the Alfeñique Fair, at the Civic Plaza, just outside the Church of la Salud. This fair is a deeply rooted tradition in town; year after year, the artisans who work with sugar paste, set their stands offering skeletons, coffins, bread of dead, candles, cut out paper flags and almost everything you need to make your Day of the Dead altar. Or you can simply wander around and buy a cute little souvenir.  Alfeñique are supposed to be like life: sweet but very fragile.


3. At Aldama 42 (across the street from Matilda hotel), is Cock of the Walk Designs, where you can find some awesome Texan boots, with Day of the Dead themes. Designed by Carrie Cameron and made with great detail, these shoes are really wearable art pieces.

4. If you feel like going out, to a costume party or a Day of the Dead celebration, there will be a few in town: at Oui (Hidalgo 27), Mama Mía (Umarán 8), which will throw Halloween parties on October 31. On November 1, there will be a party at Matilda hotel (Aldama 53) to inaugurate La Calaca art festival. For those who are planning to dress up as Catrinas, you can get your skeleton makeup at the Nail Lounge (La Luciérnaga mall). At La Aurora, art and design center (Calzada de la Aurora,) there will be a collective art opening on November 3, with Day of the Dead altars, drinks and music.


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