Dia de los Muertos at Applyby Elementary

Corn hole instructor Mia Peterson wearing her bedazzled Dia de Muertos face at last Friday's celebration.

On Nov. 1, Felix J. Appleby Elementary School parents, students and staff overtook the courtyard area to enjoy a very special fiesta known as Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead.

As a uniquely distinguished Latin American holiday celebrated with food, style and festive music, friends and families gather each year on Nov. 1 through Nov. 2 to remember loved ones who have passed away.

It is not a time to mourn or be filled with sadness, but rather a lively get-together with singing and dancing. Participants paint their faces with skulls and flowers in the form of La Catrina. Dia de los Muertos at Appleby Elementary was a hit among both students and parents who attended this remarkable event.

From wild screams reverberating from the walls of the school’s library as students enjoyed the spooky haunted house coordinated by Ms. Janet to kids running around ecstatic after winning carnival games put on by staff, the two-hour event seemed to be not long enough for those who wanted to eat and play just a little bit longer.

Gobbling down ice cream floats, elote, popcorn of different flavors, pepperbellies and chamoy between playing games of bingo, miniature golf, corn hole, shooting basketballs and more, families sharing hearty laughs with one another agreed this was the school’s best observance of the year.

Faculty and staff at Appleby sported painted skull faces and long dresses, which added a special flare to the event, with students being able to see their teachers and supportive office staff fully immersed in the cultural traditions.

However, once darkness came and overshadowed the courtyard, the celebration of ancestors came to an end, and everyone left wearing large smiles.

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