|Jenny and Gabi, working on the apple crisp.|
|Adding the crisp to the apple crisp||.|
On the morning of October 31st, fourteen of the older kids came to Xela for a cooking activity. We split them youth into two groups. One group made apple crisp and designed their jack-o-'lantern while the second group made pumpkin cake and also worked on their jack-o-'lantern. We baked our desserts and toasted pumpkin seeds.
|Jacqueline, shredding pumpkin.|
|Mixing the pumpkin cake batter|
The kids traveled back to Llanos and joined their younger compañeros for fiambre. Heavy on vegetables, cheese, and lunch meat, fiambre is the traditional meal on the Day of the Dead in Guatemala.
|Some problems with a jack-o-'lantern|
|Las Gatitas: Ingrid, Evelyn, Amy, and Brenda|
|Witches: Ilcy and Lety|
|Scarecrows: Melissa and Jonathan|
We lit the candles in the jack-o-'lanterns, turned off the lights, and invited folks to tell scary stories. We finished the party with fried plantains, pumpkin cake, and apple crisp.
|Vampires: Anibal, Ismael, and Marcelo|
|Oscar, the lion|
Unfortunately we didn't have time to fly the kites that the kiddos made during the week. October and November is kite-flying season in Guatemala and the kids have been hard at work, creating their own kites for the contest. Kite flying had to be postponed until the following week.