Day of the Dead decor is popping up everywhere – it’s the new Halloween. If you’ve been to the mall lately, and stopped into a World Market, Pottery Barn, Pier One or Crate & Barrel – you’ve probably noticed the latest trend in Day of the Dead decor. In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated for two days – beginning at midnight on October 31/November 1. It might seem a bit ghoulish, but before you get all freaked out – this holiday is not supposed to be a scary time in Mexico. It’s a time to welcome back departed ancestors for a visit, to remember them, to tell their stories. The iconic Catrina skeleton represents a rich woman’s skeleton in a broad-rimmed hat – proving that death plays no favorites. This image has long been part of Mexican folk art, as have the ornately decorated skulls made of sugar. And the autumn marigold is the official flower of Day of the Dead. With all its color and history, it’s little wonder that Day of the Dead – or Dia de los Muertos – has made its way into home decor around the globe.
The Catrina figure – represented in pottery statues, dinnerware, fabric and more – was the creation of famous Mexican illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada in the early 1920s. Source
The Huichol Indians of Mexico have some incredibly colorful and meticulously beaded (seed beads!) sculptures, including a sugar skull for Day of the Dead – pure art as Day of the Dead decor. Source
La Fuente’s Day of the Dead Skull decor piece – with butterflies and caterpillars.
This pair of 1920’s style Day of the Dead sugar skull pillows will certainly liven up your living or bedroom decor. Above and below from Zazzle.
How about using one of these Day of the Dead talavera sinks into your bathroom decor? Source
How about some Dead of the Dead wall decor? Source
One of the ornately decorated traditional sugar skulls – under glass. A clever way to turn a sweet treat into Day of the Dead decor.
And a real sugar skull – made from a mold and ornately decorated with icing. Source
Another sugar skull shape in Day of the Dead decor. This time, it’s a pure beeswax candle. From the Oregon Bee store.
A little Day of the Dead wine, perhaps? Source
Can I open that for you? Day of the Dead decor corkscrew from World Market.
Day of the Dead beer, anyone? Source