Pan de muerto at Café El Popular.
Hot chocolate at El Popular
Prepared with Oaxacan chocolate, it's intensely creamy and not hammer-blow-to-the-head chocolaty.
It's one of the oldest "cafés de chinos," or cafes established by Chinese immigrants, in Mexico City. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Part of the four-million peso "mega ofrenda" the city set up in the Zócalo, or central plaza.
Tree of death
"El árbol de la muerte florida." The flowery tree of death, the centerpiece of the mega ofrenda in the Zócalo.
Metro of Death
This ghostly metro car is also part of the display in the Zócalo.
Part of a traditional ofrenda at the Archivo Histórico del Distrito Federal. Besides pan de muerto, the ofrenda includes guavas, limes, oranges, sugar skulls, a cigarette and cempasúchil flowers.
They crowd the churchyard in the display at Dulcería de Celaya, a traditional candy shop in downtown Mexico City.
The name of this particular sweet was "Amor Eterno," or eternal love.
More candy skeletons at Dulcería de Celaya.
The priests are beating their chests, the nuns are holding delicious cazuelas full of mole, but what are the skeletons holding skulls doing?
Dulcería de Celaya
It was founded in 1874.
The elegant female representation of Death makes her way across a busy city street.
A field of cempasúchil flowers in the Zócalo.
Part of the ofrenda at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana.
These ghoulish nuns at the Claustro Sor Juana have put together a pretty nice spread of tamales (both in banana leaf and corn husk wrappers), candy and fruit.
Nuns in colonial Mexico wore floral crowns on only two special occasions, the day they took their vows, and the day they died.
Over a block long
This is perhaps why the line was over a block long to get into the ofrenda at the Claustro: tamales, atole, pan de muerto, elotes, and many other treats.