All Souls Day (today) coincides with the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. In honor of Greg’s Mexican heritage (Did you know my blond husband is 1/4 Mexican!?), he carved a pumpkin skull to match the fantastic graphic style associated with Day of the Dead celebrations.
The skeleton depictions associated with Day of the Dead festivities are called calaveras (skulls), and they originated in the 19th-century artwork of political cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada. In his engravings, skeletons often donned various costumes in satirical portrayals of the upper class. Now calaveras play an important role in Day of the Dead celebrations and Mexican folk art (and our Halloween decor)!