Colorfully dressed skeletons, decorated skulls, and "altares" designed to remember loved ones have become chic accessories to "Dia De Los Muertos" -- the Day of the Dead.
People in our Latin communities will be putting their "altares" up on the days following Halloween. The "altares" are adorned with the traditional marigold flowers and with pictures of the person that passed away and with "nichos" (dioramas) depicting the job or work of whatever the persons profession was. Many put out the person's favorite food and drink and, of course, candles. Beautifully dressed skeletons to represent the joyful afterlife, colorfully decorated skulls with butterflies or hummingbirds to represent the soul leaving the body, and "papel picado" (paper mache) will wrap up the finishing touches. The "altares" can be as simple or as elaborate as the family wants it to be.
Multiple North Texas locations will be showcasing the "Dia De Los Muertos."
- At the Fort Worth Modern Museum, they have set up an altar for people to admire the Mexican folk art. Click here for more information.
- At the Rose Marine theater, there will be an array of decorated “altares”, face painting and a puppet show. Click here for more information.
- At the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, there will be celebrations starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 along with Aztec dancers and their beautiful colorful costumes. Click here for more information.
- If adults want to get out and see a play about “Dia de Los Muertos”, don’t forget to check out Teatro Dallas. Click here for more information.
Need the right accessories or decorations for your Day of the Dead celebration? We found some great items at La Mariposa in Dallas, including clothing, jewelry, and figurines. Plus, for a great handbag with a "Muertos" theme, check out this "Haunt This" item highlighting custom-made leather bags with skulls and more.