Celebrate Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) by decorating your very own calavera - a skull made of solid sugar! Follow the instructions below for either a Basic Calavera or a Literary Ofrenda. You can even submit your creation to our contest!
Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated October 31st through November 2nd honoring friends and family who have passed away. But Dia de Muertos is not a day of mourning - it's a day of celebration! By creating ofrendas (family altars) at home and their loved one’s graves, families pay their respects with gifts of calaveras, Aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and drinks of the departed. It is believed that the souls of loved ones return to enjoy the gifts from their ofrenda and celebrate with their living relatives.
Calaveras, Spanish for “skull” are made from sugar and decorated with beads, feathers, foil, or icing to express the personality of the deceased. But don’t try and eat them - dried sugar skulls are as hard as a rock, and often decorated with inedible materials!
Skip carving pumpkins this year and paint one! Use your endless imagination to create a spooky, funny, or book themed pumpkin. Activity kits for this project can be picked up from the library’s east entrance on Wednesday, October the 21st, from 12 to 6PM. With a few more basic materials from home, you’ll be able to create your pumpkin masterpiece!
Celebrate Halloween in style as a character from Nintendo’s best selling game of 2020, Animal Crossing! Grab & Go Activity kits for this project can be picked up from the library’s east entrance on Wednesday, October 14th, from 12 to 1PM. With a few more basic materials from home, and the following instructions, you’ll create your very own paper mache costume!
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