Celebrate the Day of the Dead 2018

Day of the Dead Celebration at Artscape

Halloween isn't the only spooky holiday to celebrate this fall. El Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead takes place on November 1 and 2 to coincide with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. However some events are spread throughout October and early November.

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:

1. 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.

2. 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. Here's how.

3. Serve Mexican eats and treats. Serve up a feast of tacos and street corn. For sweet treats, here are 11 fun Day of the Dead inspired treats. You'll find cookies, sugar skulls, a pan de muerto and more!

4. Sip on Mexican Hot Chocolate; a Mexican festival tradition. Here's a recipe.

5. 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. Check this page for ideas.

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 are free admission.

Day of the Dead Celebration at Artscape
October 27, 2018
The Mexican Community invites you to the traditional... Celebración del Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration. See: Arts & Crafts, Aztec Dance Ceremony, Altars, Performances and Installations. Try: Traditional Mexican Foods. And much more! Free admission.
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Evergreen's Annual Day of the Dead
October 28, 2018
Join us for our 8th 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.
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Day of the Dead Festival at Harbourfront
November 3 and November 4, 2018
Harbourfront Centre presents the 15th anniversary of its 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.​ Free admision.
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