With just a few days before Día de los Muertos, Spanish-language students spent Thursday turning a Corona del Mar High School classroom into a veritable sugar skull factory.
"You take the sugar mixture," said Ethan Wu, a first-year student, as he swept sugar into a pile on his desk.
"You pack it in tight," added Bridgett Storm. After it's un-molded, dried and decorated, "It goes on an altar along with candles, photos, things they like to eat and marigolds, which are their flowers of death."
"It's Day of the Dead," added Kellen Givens. "It's a Mexican holiday."
Día de los Muertos, celebrated in Mexico and in Mexican American communities, is a day for families together to pray for and remember their loved ones who have died. Officially, the holiday takes place Nov. 1 and 2, but many communities hold celebrations during the weekends surrounding those dates.
"They spend the whole night out at the cemetery where their family and friends are buried," said student Tim Hanson. "They have a party and a feast."