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Hallows, Muertos, Saints, and Souls

Halloween, Día de los Muertos, los Santos y Difuntos

The upcoming Holiday season is prime time for things teens love: communal, experience-based activities with strong aesthetic. This is why Halloween remains popular with teens, and why Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has a growing reputation among them. It’s an excellent excuse to hang out with their friends, do something a little different than the normal routine, and then post awesome things about it on social media.

On the surface, Halloween is a quintessentially American holiday that overflows with candy and spooky delight; while Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday filled with sugar skulls and block parties. But if we look deeper we can recognize that their origins are not far from the Christian truth that death does not separate us. They both give us an opportunity to approach death, not as…

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About the Author

Stephanie Espinoza

Stephanie started ministering to teens when she was just a teen herself. When her community at her parish growing up lacked a youth ministry effort that addressed the needs of Hispanic teens, she and her siblings and friends started their own. After years of volunteering her time as a teen, the Lord led her to study the New Evangelization at John Paul the Great Catholic University and to work in ministry at the very parish where she grew up. Today, she happily serves as the Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry Resources and Outreach for Life Teen, enjoys getting lost in a good book, appreciates the art of curating the perfect music playlist, and is learning to uncover the underrated perks of desert life.