While the candy-industry-fueled Halloween is a treat for kids, marauding teens and drunken adults, Mexico's Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is like Halloween's badass, older and spookier cousin. From the sweets (colorful, handmade sugar skulls) to the Catrinas (skeletal figures that often look like they came off the set of a Tim Burton film) to the darkly festive treatment of death (it's common to visit a cemetery and place bottles of tequila on the graves of the dearly departed), Día de los Muertos simply has soul. To celebrate in St. Louis, check out the Day of the Dead Dance at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, at the Belas Artes Multicultural Center & Art Gallery (1854 Russell Boulevard; 314-772-2787 or www.belas-artes.net); admission costs $10. Also be sure not to miss the free festivities on Cherokee Street (Lemp Avenue to Gravois Avenue) from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, featuring 30 altares and ofrendas (altars and offerings) built by neighborhood business owners and residents.
Sat., Nov. 1; Sun., Nov. 2, 2008