Calaveras & Diablitos

¡Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

Ah, November. One of my favourite months.
Winter is fast approaching as the days are now shorter and the cool breezes (even in Mexico City) nip at your nose and fingers.

My mother made some delicious candied pumpkin: chopped up pieces boiled in water with cinnamon sticks and piloncillo.
It's one of my favourite treats!


She also put up an ofrenda* with food, sweets and candles.
I placed my (last minute) jack-o-lantern beneath it.



Not pictured, but present beneath the ofrenda, are the typical ofrenda flowers: the marigold (or cempasuchil).
 Their bright orange petals really seem to radiate life.


I found the stencil online and I nearly backed out a couple of times, but pressed on and am pleased with the result.
It's the cat bus from Totoro!


Afterwards, I experimented a little with the shutter speed.
Had I been in a white lace dress and not in my PJs, this picture might've been more effective...

And if you're still in the Halloween/ All Soul's Day mood:
Can't get enough of skeleton dances?
Check out the Mickey Mouse Haunted House 1929 short.
They don't make cartoons like they used to...
I'm off to watch The Corpse Bride (for some more skeleton dances), eat  pan de muerto** and drink hot chocolate.
Happy Weekend!

* An offering for those we've lost.
** A delicious sugary bread made especially in November for Day of the Dead.


  1. Your pumpkin looks AWESOME!!!

    1. Aw, thanks! I'm happy with the way it turned out :)

  2. I love that, I do the same thing at my house for Dia de los muertos.


  3. Oh my god your pumpkin was THE BEST! I also had a cat-related pumpkin, but I always want to incorporate totoro somehow and always get too lazy. What a genius idea. Also - I've never had candied pumpkin but I've made the same kind of recipes with camotes and a piloncillo. MMMmmm. Nothing tastes quite as good as that!

    1. Thank you so much! I had a fun (and slightly hard) time carving it :) There were some cool Totoro ones online, but they looked to difficult for me lol
      I LOVE camote- I will have to try that next!

  4. Your pumpkin looks fantastic! I recognized it immediately:D What a great idea for a pumpkin!

    And your mom's culinary creation sounds divine! I might have to google some recipes for candied pumpkins now...