Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Halloween isn't the only spooky holiday to celebrate this fall. El Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead takes place end of October to early November. Find events taking place in the GTA or host your own celebration!

During Day of the Dead celebrations, revelers honour friends and family members who have died by building altars, or ofrendas, and adorning them with colourful paper flowers, beautifully decorated skeletons, and candles. It's a joyful way to remember the deceased.

Here are ways you can host your own Day of the Dead celebration:

Make some Papel Picado
Colour your space! Day of the Dead is all about colour so fill your home with the brightest colours and boldest hues possible. Make 'Papel Picado', a decorative craft made out of paper cut into beautiful and elaborate designs. It is considered a Mexican folk art and in Mexico, papel picado is especially incorporated into altars during the Day of the Dead. Get instructions from Crafting Chicks.

Serve Mexican Eats
Tacos, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas... Whether it's Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or Day of the Dead Celebrations, these recipes are fun enough for a party. 60+ recipes from Delish.

Day of the Dead Treats
For sweet treats, here are 11 fun Day of the Dead inspired treats. You'll find cookies, sugar skulls, cupcakes, a pan de muerto and more!

Sip on Mexican Hot Chocolate
It's a Mexican festival tradition. Get the recipe from Food Network.

Have a Day of the Dead Party
Events and celebrations can take place anywhere from end of October to early November. Specify a 'Fiesta' theme dress code for guests. Get Day of the Dead party supplies from Party City.

DIY Face Paint: Sugar Skull Makeup
Have Fun with Face Paint. Guests will often paint their faces to look like skulls. Floral details are added to make a unique and beautiful statement. Your kids will love this DIY face paint sugar skull. Celebrate The Day of the Dead or Halloween with this traditional design. See the video by Mom.me.


And if you're looking for more ways to celebrate, take part in one of these Day of the Dead Festivals taking place in Toronto, next weekend. All offer free admission.

Day of the Dead Celebration at Artscape
October 26, 2019
The Mexican Community invites you to the traditional... Celebración del Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration. Full festivities will take over the entire Wychwood Barns site on October 26, featuring altars, ceremonies, performances, installations, food, and more. Free admission. More

Evergreen's Annual Day of the Dead
October 27, 2019
Join us for our 9th annual celebration of Latin American culture with activities for children and adults alike. Evergreen's Day of the Dead celebration takes place at the Sunday Artisan Market and incorporates traditional Latin celebrations, fun family activities and delicious food and drink. Free admission. More

Stackt Presents: Jarritos & Amigos Celebrate Mexico on Day of the Dead
November 2, 2019
The all ages festivities will include face painting, Disney Pixar’s Coco screenings, live music from Viva Mexico Mariachi, DJ Boogat (from Montreal), DJ Medicineman, food from La Brea Street Food, Frisaca, ConMiTaco, & live Lucha Libre wrestling! Free. More

Day of the Dead Festival at Harbourfront
November 9 and 10, 2019
Join us for the 16th anniversary of our Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos celebration: an exploration of the ancient and contemporary traditions of Mexico’s oldest cultural celebration of life, heritage and family histories. This free, two day, family-oriented festival is Toronto’s longest running celebration of one of Mexico’s most important holidays. More

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