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Celebrate Día de los Muertos

October 29, 2020

Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere. Learn more about what you can do to celebrate this day.

What to do

  • Virtually celebrate Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 1, with Encinitas Arts. There will be activities to design and create a day of the dead decorations, a day of the dead costume contest, and prizes for winners 
  • Visiting and decorating graves of loved ones with family
  • Make sugar skulls! Here is a recipe
Michaels has plaster sugar skulls you can paint and decorate (Photo courtesy of Imperial Sugar)










  • Watch movies!
    • Coco
    • The Book of Life

Setting up an ofrenda

Set up your ofrenda with pictures of late family members and objects that remind you of them. An ofrenda is an altar where you set pictures of loved ones and items on.

  • Have pictures of a loved one as the centerpiece or surrounding photos
  • Water to be served to refresh the spirit after their journey
  • Pan de muerto or “bread of the dead” is served on the ofrenda
Photo courtesy of wideopeneats


  • Include salt (a symbol of purification)
  • Add items that your loved one enjoyed. For example, if they were a soccer fan put a soccer ball and their favorite foods
  • Set out Marigolds,  known as “flowers of the dead” and they are used to guide your loved ones to you
  • Decorate your ofrenda with sugar skulls to honor departed souls 


Sugar skull inspiration

Photo courtesy of Hungry Happenings
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