Do you want the hottest on-trend costume for Halloween this year? Then these Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos costumes are exactly what you are looking for. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday where families and friends gather to pray for and remember their departed loved ones. It is observed from October 31st to November 2nd and coincides with the catholic holidays of All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. It is a time to pay respect to the deceased but it is not morbid or solemn. Rather it is a time of celebration and remembrance. A Day of the Dead theme is perfect for Halloween and you will find the costumes both colourful and fun.
Putting Together a Day of the Dead Costume for Halloween
A Dia de los Muertos costume for women revolves around a traditional Spanish dress with figure-hugging bodice, off the shoulder sleeves and full-gathered skirt. If you are making your own dress, look for crisp white fabric for the main bodice section, black for the skirt and then a bright bold floral pattern for the upper bodice and sleeve section as well as any contrast trim. Look for a floral fabric featuring marigolds if possible since marigolds are an important component of Dia de los Muertos celebrations. If you’re not a handy garment maker there are some great options for purchasing this costume online.
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Now that you have your Day of the Dead costume for women dress organised it is time to add the finishing touches. Let’s look firstly at the head-dress. Here you can opt for either the wide-brimmed hat adorned with large blooms or the black veil.
Dia de los Muertos Costumes: The Calavera Mask
The centre-piece of the Day of the Dead costume is the calavera or the skull face. This can be achieved in several ways. If you are confident with make-up or face paint, or know someone who is, you can achieve a very effective result by doing it yourself. See below for a video tutorial on doing your own Dia de los Muertos make-up. Alternatively, you can use a calavera mask or a Day of the Dead temporary tattoo.
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Etsy has some wonderful handcrafted day of the dead masks.
Another option is to purchase a cheap blank mask or half mask and decorate it yourself. Start with black paint or a black marker to create the skull look then go crazy with a glue gun and add your choice of flowers and other embellishments.
Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Make-up Tutorial
Day of the Dead The Bride & La Catrina Costumes
Popular figures in Day of the Dead celebrations are the Dia de los Muertos Bride and La Catrina. Realistically, you can play with the theme and have fun with it and make it your own. Common elements include bright colours, flowers and some form of face covering – mask, make-up, tattoo or veil.
Plus Size Dia de los Muertos Costumes
Being full-figured should not discourage you from having fun with Dia de los Muertos. Traditional Mexican and Spanish dresses are well-suited to larger frames and are flattering to hourglass figures.
Let’s Not Forget The Guys!
Dia De Los Muertos Costume for Men
Whether you’re celebrating a marriage, Halloween or the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, you can’t go wrong with this Mens El Novio Muerto Halloween Costume! This suit holds to tradition and works for all holiday events during the Halloween season.This outfit features a black printed jacket, top hat, sleeveless shirt with attached bow tie, boutonniere and two tattoo makeup sheets to complete the full Day of the Dead look. The Halloween season is more than just the spooky things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got an intense desire to show off where you came from and what you’ve grown up with, you’ll want this Mens El Novio Muerto Halloween Costume today!