Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | November 4, 2012

Dia de los Muertos

For years I have been fascinated with Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican festival celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, that focuses on remembering friends and family members who have passed on.

To be honest, the remembering part is not what caught my attention about this holiday at first, but rather the bizarre skeletal figures that are an integral part of the celebration.

Keith and I have been hoping for an occasion to try our hands at painting our faces, and when friends, Claudia and Dave, invited us to attend – and provide entertainment for – their Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead in English) Party, we jumped at the opportunity!

After scouring cyberspace for a beginner level design, procuring the necessary black and white face paint, and digging out Keith’s watercolor brushes, we set to work, and after an hour or so of effort, this is what we looked like when we emerged from our camper last Friday night…

The evening was perfectly comfortable, and party guests gathered on the patio for a tasty buffet featuring Dave’s famous Cactus Chili, which totally lived up to it’s name ~ delicious!

Keith and I contributed a basket of  “finger food”…wicked good garlic, parmesan breadsticks we had whipped up that afternoon.

Here is the view of Turtleback Mountain, which provided the backdrop for our meal…

Here are some of the folks who attended…

Our hosts Dave and Claudia…Stevie Ray Vaughn and his groupie

Cousin Ann, Roger, and Ann….their costume was “Dead Guy Ale” for the bar!

Monty and Zoe Ann

Jess and Raven

“Me and My Baby”

We ate and visited until dark, and then headed into the “Rock House”, (an old stone building on the property that has been turned into a casual music venue), for some tunes.

We were joined in the Rock House by Marcus, a budding high school musician who interspersed some Metallica tunes in with our Blast from the Past Oldies Review.

The evening wore slowly to a close, and we headed back home to apply thick layers of cold cream to our faces, and climb into bed for a night of sweet dreams…of loved ones who have gone before, on this special night of Dia de los Muertos.



  1. You guys are scary!!!

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