This October, like every October, I took my children to the local Spirit stores that pop up around town this time of year to look for Halloween costumes. My son always chooses a variation on a creepy ghoul. My daughter is pickier and often won’t have anything to do with the packaged costumes, preferring to put something unique together herself. I enjoy looking around at all the spooky, shrieking, decorations, and checking out the kids costumes, some of which are very cute. This year I picked up two little skull-shaped, Dia-de-Los-Muertos-inspired candy tins decorated with brightly colored flowers and swirls. The skull shaped candies inside tasted awful, but the tins are so adorable that it doesn’t really matter.
Dia de Los Muertos
When I was a kid Halloween was my favorite holiday. I loved dressing up in costume and going out at night on the 31st to trick or treat. I loved the cute decorations my mother arranged around our home and I loved carving pumpkins with creepy faces, but I was also intrigued by the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos. There was a store on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles that sold Day of the Dead figurines and other skeletal objects. I was fascinated. The small sculptures were beautiful, rustic and macabre. Over the past few years it seems like the iconography of this ancient Mexican holiday has become more and more popular outside of the Latino community. Last year Mattel released Skelita Calaveras in the Monster High doll line. Her skeletal body and pretty painted skull face makes her unusual even in that group of undead teenage characters. This year Day of the Dead popularity has reached new heights with the animated movie The Book of Life.
My Dia de Los Muertos Doll Design
Last year I sketched a skeletal collectible doll design but never had time to finish the drawing, so, inspired by my brightly colored candy tins and the images I collected on my Day of the Dead Pinterest Board, I spent an enjoyable afternoon adding color to the sketch. Here is my Dia de Los Muertos doll wearing a slim gown of bones and flowers.
Do you celebrate Dia de Los Muertos?