Even after Halloween, the celebrations continue with the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, known as the "Day of the Dead."
Celebrated on Nov. 1 (and often Nov. 2), Day of the Dead coincides with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The day, which is celebrated in the U.S. and in Latin cultures around the world, originated in Mexico as a way to honor the deceased.
Instead of being a somber day, it’s one of celebration. Some people build memorial altars at their home or in their communities as tributes to family and friends who have passed away.
On the Day of the Dead, it’s also customary to eat and drink tasty treats while remembering loved ones.
That’s why The Daily Meal asked chefs and food lovers to share some of their favorite Dia de los Muertos recipes, including "panellets," tasty pine nut cookies from Spain; traditional "pan de muerto" a sweet bread of the dead; sugar skulls, which can be both a snack or festive Day of the Dead décor; a devilish chocolate pudding; and an indulgent chocolate cake.
Drink in the festivities with an "Ashes to Ashes" cocktail featuring Patrón, espresso, cocoa liquor, and Mexican arbol syrup. And warm up with hot drinks like Cuban rum espresso, featuring chocolate and cinnamon, and a traditional Mexican hot chocolate made with ingredients like Mexican chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and chiles.