The UTEP Prospector's Ms Veronica Porras has the story!
"Halloween: Muertos celebrated joyfully by the living"
From: The UTEP Prospector. Tuesday, October 27, 2009.
"Creeping critters, villainous witches and frightening monsters are -- along with Anglo - concocted indoor paper - trash burning mitotes? -- a thing of the past once the calaveras (skulls) take over to commemorate the dead.
"Nov. 2 is a special day for those who believe there should be an honoring of those who have passed to another existence by celebrating Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead.
"It is the result of a combination of Mexican indigenous beliefs and ceremonies that the Spaniards incorporated into the Catholic belief system.
"It was originally celebrated during August and was later moved to the first two days of November, dubbed All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day by the Spaniards, according to Pilar Herrera, Chicano Studies lecturer..."
Way to go, ladies! :)