As a kid, Halloween was all about tricks and full shopping bags of treats in my native Long Beach, California … an innocent time before fear drove most parents and kids indoors to keep out suspected real-life ghouls and goblins.
Today, along with our Halloween traditions, many celebrate The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls’ Day), a holiday recognized in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
And the Day of the Dead Celebration is coming to Fort Bragg beginning Sunday, October 25 …
Sunday, October 25
Fiesta at The Beachcomber: Appetizers from Purple Rose Restaurant, sangria, music and have your picture taken with Pancho Villa who will arrive on his horse. 3-5 p.m. $5. Fort Bragg Reservations 964-2402.
Salsa Dancing: Learn the steps in the Weller House’s redwood ballroom with instructor Chad Swimmer, 6-7 pm, then dance to the salsa and son beats of Los Piratas until 9. $12 per person for lesson, music and gourmet snacks. In Fort Bragg. Information: 964-4415.
Celebrate at the Company Store in Fort Bragg:
* Molé Tasting at Mendo Bistro: Try several different flavors of this authentic Mexican concoction. Day of the Dead prix fixe menu also available this evening. 5-7 pm, Mendo Bistro $5. Proceeds benefit Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund.
* A Fiesta of Chocolate at Living Light: Mexican Spiced Chocolate Milk, Ancho Chili Chocolate Truffles, Coconut Dream Bars
5-7 pm. $5 per person (includes $5 coupon good towards purchase)
* Altar exhibit in the stunning art3g gallery. Each altar is an original work of art.
* Free drawing at Vicki Rae Salon
Wednesday, October 28
Author Tributes: The community reads poems and passages by their favorite dead authors. View the Dead Author Altar and other artist’s ofrendas. 5:00 pm Fort Bragg Library, Fort Bragg