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11 DIY Ways to Celebrate Day of the Dead With Kids

Arts and crafts to honor Día de Muertos

Published on: October 14, 2022

Día de los Muertos stone craft
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Día de Muertos

Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated throughout Mexico and many other Latin American countries, and among Latino communities in other places. The holiday typically begins Oct. 31 and continues through Nov. 2.

While the holiday is known for the skull and skeleton imagery used in Mexican celebrations, it is far from morbid. Whimsical skeletons are depicted dancing and playing instruments, and skulls are brightly painted with flowers. Filled with vibrant color, music and food, Día de Muertos is a way of honoring and remembering loved ones who have passed on.

The 2017 Disney Pixar movie "Coco" introduced the holiday and some of its traditions to legions of kids, portraying both its somber and celebratory aspects.

We’ve rounded up simple, creative crafts that families can try to celebrate and honor their departed relatives. You can also find many local celebrations and events to attend. 

First project: Sugar skull bookmark

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