With all the fun (and chocolates) that come with celebrating Halloween, it is also a time of remembering those whom we have loved and lost. The Mexican celebrations of Día de los Muertos does that remembering with three days of celebrating that also includes the Catholic Church commemoration of “All Souls and Saints Day.”
On Maui, Lahaina always has a big celebration for the kids before dark.
And after dark, adults get to play.
Amid the fun, it’s good to remember the dead too. A main character in Nicolas Rothwell’s novel Belomor says after the accidental death of a young friend,
“And so, with soft, swift movements, those we know depart from us, and leave us in this world, and leave behind them memories to disperse like plumes of smoke haze in the air” (105).
Happy Halloween to you, your family, and friends in all the ways you celebrate.
Lahaina photos: http://lahainatown.com/halloween-party.php