Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos // Arise 360 TV
Halloween is typically associated with carving Jack o’ Lanterns out of pumpkins, decorating with a ghoulish theme, and going trick or treating door to door while wearing costumes. Instead of the traditional route, I wanted to introduce a holiday that many Americans are unfamiliar with, that happens to take place during the same time period. Inspired by el Dia de los Muertos below is a detailed look at my decor and ideas. This is a nod to my Latinos as this holiday is becoming more mainstream and now more with the help of pop… more glamorous!
- Segment Production // pop! by YAZ @yazatpop
- Decor // pop! by YAZ
- Flowers // pop! by YAZ
- Cocktails // pop! by YAZ
- Make-up // Elizabette Quezada @lizzyslove_xo
- Photos // Amy Anaiz Photo @AmyAnaizPhoto
- Cake + Cookies // IM Pastry Studio @IMPastryStudio
This is me behind the scenes setting up the table
Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated. Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations.
In order to celebrate, the families make alters and place ofrendas (offerings) of food, skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.
Traditional food you can prepare can include:
Pan de Muertos – Day of the Dead Bread
Calaveras de Azucar – Sugar Skulls
Calabaza en Dulce – Candied Pumpkin
I just love my flower crown and Lola did too!
They’re super easy to make with a few faux flowers, a glue gun and and headband.
In Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31st and leave on November 2nd.
Don’t you just love these Dia de los Muertos sugar cookies? An easy substitute if you can’t make traditional sugar skulls.
Stay tuned… cocktails will be on the next post!