A lot has been written about the 31st and all its ghoulish festivities, but what about the days after? In the Catholic faith, November 1 is All Saints' Day, and the day after is All Souls' Day. All Souls' Day goes by many names throughout the world, but you might be most familiar with the Mexican version: Dia de los Muertos.
Far from being a spookfest, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time for family and friends to gather together and remember loved ones who have passed. Some people hold Sugar Skull Decorating Parties, and decorate the skulls in a manner befitting their loved ones (grandpa with his pipe, your great aunt with the blue hat she loved). You can learn how to make sugar skulls at Adobo Grill in Old Town, buy them at most Mexican bakeries, or make them yourself.
Menus for these parties tend to be fairly traditional Mexican cuisine, but I can't imagine anyone would shun you for offering these goodies! (pictured above):
Beef tamales (ok, these are traditional...make them yourself or purchase at a Mexican grocery store)
Tres Añejo Macho
Rim the outside of a glass with lemon and dip into salt. Add 1 part Tres Generaciones Añejo tequila (my new fave! It's dark and has hints of vanilla), 1 part mineral water, and 1 part lemon juice over ice. Drop a dry chili into the glass for a spicy kick.