Let me start by asking you why do so many young and old find Dia de los muertos (Day of the dead) so fascinating? I myself as a boy found skull heads interesting and had one made of plaster sitting on a shelf next to my model cars in my bedroom. When we were kids, I was influenced by TV as well as history books in school when I saw dinosaurs and human remains. I may have seen a skeleton for the first time on Halloween as a costume. It didn't frighten me because it was my big brother dressed like one.
These are some of the products I found on eMuseumStore.com that convey the theme of the Mexican ancestor celebration Dia de los muertos. These are of course done with humor and not so scary. I have seen other samples that I would not like to encounter in a dark alley.
Are most of us not frightened by skull and bones? Or does it depend on the circumstances?
Was your experience with Dia de los muertos scary or not?