Mathew Sandoval

Mathew Sandoval

Associate Teaching Professor in Culture & Performance, Arizona State University


Day of the Dead is taking on Halloween traditions, but is far more than a ‘Mexican Halloween’

By: - October 31, 2023

Many Latinos regularly declare: “Día de los Muertos is not Mexican Halloween.” The declaration is increasingly repeated by non-Latinos too. Drawing a clear line between the two holidays is a rhetorical strategy to protect Day of the Dead’s integrity as Mexican cultural heritage and separate it from American popular culture. However, as a Mexican-American who […]