Day of the Dead celebrations, from October 31 through November 2, invite the dead to a celebration of their lives. Rather than being scary, skulls are turned into sugary treats and decorated in bright colors.
The festival combines Catholic and Pre-Columbian traditions. Families visit their loved ones' graves and leave offerings, or build altars at home. Both altars and graves may be adorned with gifts of food, fruit and flowers. Candles are lit, one for each soul and shredded paper is let to drift on the breeze, like a spirit floating in air. The first day remembers deceased children; the second, deceased adults.
Although the events focus on the dead, there is nothing solemn about it. Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos in Spanish) is marked by music and parades. Many people dress up in costumes, especially as "La Calavera Catrina," an elegantly-dressed female skeleton.
Head to the plaza outside City Hall or along the marina to see the decorated altars. The most elaborate altar is awarded a prize. There'll be plenty of sugar skulls for purchase in local shops.
So go ahead, pack a costume and head to Cabo San Lucas at the end of October or the start of November. Whether you celebrate an American-style Halloween or the Mexican-style Day of the Dead, you'll find a party not far from your Solmar Resort.