Soon we will be thinking of Thanksgiving and Halloween with family traditions.
When I was growing up in a small town near Mexico City, I used to help my Nana Maria with her Ofrenda/Altar for Dia de los Muertos, the day of all souls. At this time of the year, we would be shopping every day for sweets, fruit, chile/mole, flowers and colored tissue paper to make "papel picado praying flags" to decorate her table in honor of her dear departed, in celebration of the dead, yes, we celebrate them as if they could enjoy still their favorite food and drink. It is a day of honor and remembrance.
I seldom participate in making large ofrendas but always keep small altars at home and also create my little sugar skull dolls and others like the Huesudas , Catrinas and Pelonas...all of them names for the one with skull related figures.
I hope you enjoy these images I have made in the past, others will soon be available, at my Etsy store