By ESTEVAN MEDRANO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Throughout the world, there are those who believe that for a brief time in the fall, the spirits of the dead will return home to reunite with their family and friends and celebrate with the living. Their loved ones honor the dead as their ancestors have for hundreds of years with altars ornamented with crosses, sugar skulls, marigolds, and possessions of the departed – a destination among the candlelight and incense that guides the spirits’ way back.
Port Isabel continues its tradition in taking part in the annual festivities. There are a number of related events leading up to the celebration, including a Pumpkin Carving Contest (Oct. 28), a Halloween Decorating Contest (Oct. 29), a Day of the Dead poem and story reading (Oct.30) and the Lighthouse Cinema showing of Beetlejuice (Oct.31).
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