In the Spirit

While Halloween focuses on being scared by unknown ghouls, its Mexican counterpart, El Día de los Muertos, is all about hanging out and partying with the ghosts you knew in life. Pirate Gallery, at 3655 Navajo Street, has a long tradition of honoring the holiday; soon after the art co-op opened in 1980, its founding artists began marking the Day of the Dead by inviting the community to create altars and art commemorating the dead and celebrating their lives. In 1995, the Colorado Folk Arts Council took a look at Pirate's event and decided to offer something similar in Aurora.

Aurora's annual Día de los Muertos celebration has grown from a small art show to a six-week outreach in local schools, culminating in a party at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue. Beginning at noon today, the living and the dead are invited to view an array of colorful altars and enjoy free performances from Colorado Aztec Dancers, bilingual band Mundo del Sol and storyteller Tonali.

The fiesta is free; for more information, call 303-739-1970 or visit
Wed., Nov. 1, noon