Dia De Los Muertos Altar

As a young girl, I would go to Mexico during the summer months and I have such vivid memories of many women preparing for the “Dia de los Muertos” Holiday.  Many started making paper mache’ flowers, calaveras (skulls) and they painted ceramics.  I was very fascinated and intrigued, and wanted to learn more about why they celebrated.  Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated on October 31- November 2 each year.  Dia de Los Muertos is a time for celebration and it provides the opportunity to rejoice and celebrate the memories of the our loved ones who have passed. El Dia del Muerto or Dia de Los Muertos is a social gathering that takes place at the cemetery at the tomb of the departed and also, many make altars in their homes.  This year I wanted to make an altar for my family so we can tell cuentos (stories) of the our loved ones who have passed.

dia de los muertos

It was important for me and for my children to know a little about loved ones in our family that are no longer with us. I want them to know and understand that it is a celebration of life. Both of my children see the pictures and they ask questions about family members they see and I tell them about who they are and what fond memories I have of them as a child and as I got older. I really have great memories of my grandparents especially.

dia de los muertos alter

How to Make a Dia de Los Muertos Altar


Pictures of loved ones



Sugar skulls

Table Cloth

Dia de Los muertos Alter

Every Dia de los Muertos altar will not look exactly the same. You personalize the Dia de Los Muertos altar to have the items that represent your family.  Once you have collected all of the items for your altar you arrange them on a table.

Dia de Los Muertos alter

My Dia de Los Muertos Altar has pictures of my grandparents and I added some things that they enjoyed.

Do you celebrate Dia de Los Muertos?


Latina Mama Rama


  1. Beautiful altar, Ophelia!

  2. Hey you! Checking in on my girls after a long hiatus. Wasn’t sure I was actually coming back, but I’m trying! I love your altar. I did a Dia de los Muertos lesson with the Spanish teacher and our 6th graders this year. We made sugar skulls and I dressed up like La Catrina. It was really fun and educational for all. There’s so much beauty in the celebration.

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