We offer you a guide to making your own for November 2.

Papel picado or tissue paper is crafted into intricate designs.
As the paper blows in the wind it represents the echoes of ancestors. Photo by Christy Khoshaba

Photos are placed to pay homages to those who have passed. Photo by Christy Khoshaba

Each candle represents a past loved one and burns so that no darkness may appear. Photo by Christy Khoshaba


Light can work in the same way as a candle
Photo by Christy Khoshaba

Marigold flowers are known as “The flower of the dead” The bright yellow and orange flowers allow spirits to drift back. Photo by Christy Khoshaba

Fruit or favorite dishes offer nourishment to ancestors. Photo by Christy Khoshaba

Notes are reminders of love for their ancestors. Photo by Christy Khoshaba

Skulls are synonymous with this holiday. People also wear calacas or masks during their processions. Photo by Christy Khoshaba

You may offer anything extra loved ones enjoyed
like a game of Scrabble in this case.
Photo by Christy Khoshaba