This is the only actual Halloween shot I’ve taken this year. I thought the birds would be more responsive to getting a treat by doing a trick for me but…wrong. Just this guy, one time…at least while I was watching and waiting.

So I had to find some older photos that might seem a little spooky or creepy…hope you don’t get too scared.



bones-on-ballDem Bones

dsc_0001-cropCreepy Mausoleum






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dsc_2426Lalo Cota mural


lalo-cropped-squareLalo Cota painting

ants-dhr_edited-1Emerging from the depths of the earth…






Day of the Dead ’13


Hi, it’s my fifth annual Día de Los Muertos post! Keeping with my tradition, I was happy to find some new murals around town to show you.


A new Lalo Cota and Breeze mural on Barrio Cafe, home to many murals.



More Lalo above, on the door of his former studio/gallery, on Calle 16.


I love this beauty, above, on Central Avenue.


He’s been busy!



And a few more items spotted about town:



Why didn’t I find these when I got married???? Seriously. I would have loved them.


And because I had no Halloween posts this year (unlike last year when I had a couple spooky ones, 1 and 2), here is Halloween transitioning into the Days of the Dead (November 1 and 2), right at midnight, the witching hour!


Happy Halloween~Feliz Día de los Muertos!

Want more Day of the Dead? Here are some links to my previous posts: 2012’s post, 2011’s post, 2010′s post, and 2009′s post.

Day of the Dead ’12

Yup, you’re in the right place. It’s Día de Los Muertos and we’re going to celebrate!

In most regions of Mexico, November 1 honors children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 as Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”)  and November 2 as Día de los Muertos  (“Day of the Dead”).

Let’s party!

These photos were taken at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, where they are having a Día de Los Muertos festival on Friday in downtown Phoenix that I hope to attend…so I may have an additional Day of the Dead post in the near future.

Many catrinas and calaveras to dance with…

This is a bottle of Kah Tequila that Tony gave me for my birthday last summer. They make 3 different calaveras for 3 different tequilas, the black one, a white one, and a yellow one…I’ll be getting the other 2 at some point.

If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I usually post Day of the Dead murals for November 1. Here is a link to last year’s post, 2010’s post, and 2009’s post. We have a lot of those types of murals in Phoenix, done by Lalo Cota, Angel Diaz, Pablo Luna, and others, but I could not find any that I haven’t already posted here for today’s post. So, above, is a mural I’ve never shown nor seen, I don’t know if it is still around, but it was done by Lalo Cota and it’s on his business card, so I scanned it, just so I wouldn’t be breaking my own tradition. I wanted to post a photo of this mural, also by Lalo, but by the time I went to shoot it, it had been overpainted.

My cousin, who also loves Day of the Dead, sent me this as well as the metal skeleton (and some other goodies) in the next photo. Love them!

And I added this Day of the Dead cross to my large cross collection.

¡Viva La Vida!

Day of the Dead

I’m posting this just as it becomes Halloween. Halloween and the Day of the Dead are not related but they both involve the Christian All Saints’ Day (on November 1) and All Souls’ Day (on November 2). In a city like Phoenix, with a strong Mexican tradition, Halloween and Día de los Muertos sort of get thrown together. In most regions of Mexico, November 1 honors children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”)  and November 2 as Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”). It’s not really a sad event but more of a celebration of past lives and it’s not supposed to be a scary day either but some people not familiar with the holiday do find the skulls and skeletons a little creepy. But you probably know all this…

I love Day of the Dead art so I was happy to notice this sculpture on a business just about a 1/2 mile from my house. Since it’s on a busy street and also on the roof of the building, I could never get a good look at it while driving by and I thought it was a pioneer woman or something.

That didn’t make sense because it’s on a Mexican tile business.

Finally, one day I got a good look as I was able to slow down while passing by.

Cool! A Day of the Dead sculpture close to home! You can imagine my excitement.

I hope you didn’t get too scared, haha. I know I said it’s not supposed to be a spooky holiday but I couldn’t resist.

I didn’t get to any official celebrations of Day of the Dead this weekend but I did go back to Calle 16, which I wrote about again a few days ago (the first photo is from there). Today there were no cars so I was able to get some unobstructed views of the murals portraying Day of the Dead art.

She’s really beautiful, I think.

And he’s pretty handsome (both by Lalo Cota). These 2 additional murals by Lalo that I just recently photographed and blogged about are some of my favorites.

Here’s another shot at Calle 16, taken today.

The best part of all this is that Phoenix is pretty much filled with Day of the Dead art all year long.

So…Happy Halloween or Feliz Día de los Muertos, whichever you celebrate…or both. I did read an article where some people were claiming you should not wish someone a Happy Day of the Dead but several other people, including Mexicans, said they do it. So…

Sugar Skulls by Irma Sanchez at Perc Up, a local coffeehouse.

Dia de los Muertos

November 1 and 2 are the Days of the Dead. Many celebrate this largely Mexican holiday on November 2 but both days are actually part of the celebration and correspond with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ Day on 11/1 and All Souls’ Day on 11/2.

The above photos are all from different murals in downtown Phoenix done by Lalo Cota, a Mexican artist living in Phoenix. I have shown them all in my mural series.

Marigolds are a significant part of the holiday and are known as flor del muerto, flower of the dead. Their scent is believed to attract the dead back to this world and they are often placed on graves or altars as an offering to the dead during this holiday.

So…if you celebrate Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, or Samhain, remember that this may be a time when “the dead walk among the living and the veils between past, present and future may be lifted in prophecy and divination.” Could be spooky or could be fun.