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Costumes for Day of the Dead

Dia de lost Muertos Couple Costume

Dia de lost Muertos Couple Costume

Dia de los Muertos Costumes for Couples and Singles

Dressing up like skeletons, in handcrafted costumes, has long been a part of the Die de los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrations.

Official Day of the Dead costumes are now making it easier for people to dress up as a skeleton or calaca or a skeleton couple.

Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and many other Latin American Countries around the same time in the end of October as Halloween in the U.S, but with a different focus.

It appears that the two holiday traditions are beginning to blur, with the introduction of Dia de los Muertos costumes as a skeleton Halloween costume, senorita costumes and more options for those celebrating Halloween and/or Day of the Dead in the U.S.

Day of the Dead costumes give you the best of both worlds for costumes since you get to dress up in a costume and wear fun, but a little bit scary face makeup. These costumes are definitely not last minute ones, unless you wear a face mask, since the Dia de los Muertos face paint can take hours to apply.

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos costumes are becoming a more popular dress-up costume for Halloween. There are getting to be so many costume types that I've had to split some of the information on certain costumes, like the sugar skull beauty, makeup and masks into their own separate pages.

For couples looking for a unique Halloween costume, the Day of the Dead Bride and Groom makes for a fun and macabre couples costume. These Dia de los Muertos costumes also come in a wide range of sizes from tweens and petites to plus sizes.

Day of the Dead Bride and Groom Couple

Day of the Dead Bride and Groom Unique Couple Costume

Day of the Dead Bride and Groom Unique Couple Costume

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Dia de los Muertos Groom and Bride Couple

Dia de los Muertos Groom and Bride Unique Couple Costumes

Dia de los Muertos Groom and Bride Unique Couple Costumes

Day of the Dead Skeleton Bride Costume

Dia de los muertos Bride

Skeleton Bride Costume

Day of the Dead Skeleton Bride

There are several different styles for the Dia de los muertos Skeleton Bride costumes.

Here are three different versions.

One is the bone yard costume or Dia de los Muertos skeleton bride to the right which also has a classic gothic look.

Another is the costume below. This Skeleton Bride looks more like a country peasant.

On eBay one can find some of the newer versions of the Skeleton Bride designed for this year.

Skeleton Catrina Costume

Skeleton Catrina Costume

Skeleton Catrina Bride Costume and Hat

Skeleton Catrina Bride Costume and Hat

Day of the Dead Stylish Skeleton Costume

Dress in a Skeleton Catrina Costume

This long white dress for the skeleton bride costume looks a lot like the La Calavera Catrina, or the elegant skeleton (with large hat) featured in many of the Day of the Dead images.

Using a Day of the Dead hat and an old style dress and boots, you can create your own La Calavera Catrina costume.

This stylish lady skeleton costume to the right includes the white gown, skeleton gloves, eye mask and French-styled hat. Note that the shoes are not included.

Remember to carry a skeleton mask if you want to cover your face.

Day of the Dead Skeleton Groom Costume

Dia de los Muertos Groom

Day of the Dead Plus Sized Couples Costume

Day of the Dead Couple Costumes in Plus Sizes

Day of the Dead Couple Costumes in Plus Sizes

Day of the Dead Groom Costume

Skeleton Groom Costume and Skeleton Shoes

Skeleton Groom Costume and Skeleton Shoes

Day of the Dead Costume Groom

There are two different styles for the Dia de los muertos Skeleton Groom costumes, but there are other skeleton accessories for men, like the skeleton blazer and Day of the Dead mask, so you can put together another look.

Choose your style of Skeleton Groom for costumes and add a skeleton mask and skeleton shoes to complete the look. Create a more casual skeleton look by just wearing the skeleton jacket or shoes.

This skeleton costume to the right includes the jacket, hat, mask, shirt, bowtie and cummerbund. Pants are not included.

Day of the Dead Goth Punk Couple Look

Day of the Dead Goth Punk Skeleton Couple

Day of the Dead Goth Punk Skeleton Couple Costume

Day of the Dead Goth Punk Skeleton Couple Costume

Day of the Dead Goth Couple

Diego and Dahlia Skeleton Costumes

Diego and Dahlia Skeleton Costumes

Dahlia of the Dead

Day of the Dead Goth Look

The featured look for the top of this page, the Day of the Dead Punk or Goth look. Both costumes come in different sizes.

The Diego and Dahlia costumes are described as being a more contemporary and Goth Day of the Dead Costume.

Diego is the man in black, except for the skeleton design on his shirt and hides under at black sombrero.

Dahlia wears a short mini dress with cobweb stockings (extra). Just add skeleton face make up and you are ready to go.

Day of the Dead Sexy Skeleton Costume

Sexy Skeleton Costume

Sexy Skeleton Corset and Costume

Sexy Skeleton Corset and Costume

Day of the Dead Bone Costume

Day of the Dead Bone Costume

The Day of the Dead Bone Costume is another fun and sexy option for dressing for Dia de los muertos. It looks like it might belong in caveman times, or perhaps even would have been worn by one of the Flintstones.

The sexy skeleton is a Day of the Dead look that could be worn even in everyday wear, for those who like skeletons.

Wear just the bone corset with a pair of pants for a more casual costume look.

One reviewer of the skeleton corset wrote that she wears it for normal wear and gets complements.


Long Skeleton Gloves

Accessorized with Skeleton Gloves

Accessorize the Day of the Dead Bone Skeleton corset and skirt combination by wearing matching long skeleton gloves.

The nylon gloves reach to mid forearm (about 10 inches).

Skeleton gloves aren't just limited to wearing as a costume. These can also be fun to wear with regular clothes for a bit of a goth look, especially around Halloween.

Casual Skeleton Men's Costume (Blazer)

Skeleton Blazer

Skeleton Blazer

Bones Blazer for Men

Casual Skeleton Costume

Choose your style of Skeleton Groom for costumes and add a skeleton mask and skeleton shoes to complete the look.

Create a more casual skeleton look by wearing the skeleton jacket or shoes.

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Costume

Sugar Skull Beauty Costume

Sugar Skull Beauty Costume and Face Mask

Sugar Skull Beauty Costume and Face Mask

Sugar Skull Beauty Costume

Sugar skulls or Calavaras de azucar are one of the sweet treats created for Dia de los Muertos using a sugar paste and skull molds.

The molded sugar skulls are ornately decorated, like the face mask seen here. Wearing one of the pre-made face masks is a fast way of creating the Day of the Dead sugar skull look, without having to do full face makeup.

This costume features several aspects of the Day of the Dead including the skulls and also Chrysanthemums, the flowers used to decorate during this holiday.

Day of the Dead Catrina Mask

Sugar Skull Beauty Costume Accessories

Add a chrysanthemum flower headbands to complete this sugar skull costume. Create your own Chrysanthemum headband by adding in extra flowers to a yellow mum headband.

Wear the sugar skull masks instead of putting on makeup.

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El Senor Skeleton Costume

El Senor Skeleton Costume and Hands

El Senor Skeleton Costume and skeleton gloves

El Senor Skeleton Costume and skeleton gloves

El Senor Skeleton Costume

El Senor Costume

This El Senor Costume looks like a cross between a Mariachi musician and a skeleton making for a very spooky looking costume.

Wearing a skeleton mask and skeleton arms, this person is playing music for the dead.

If you have a mariachi costume, just add the mask and gloves to create your own version.

The El Senor Costume to the right includes bolero jacket, pants, shirt, tie, sash and mask.

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More information on the Dia de Los Muertos holiday including costume making ideas.

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Day of the Dead Makeup Examples

Day of the Dead Makeup Examples

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Day of the Dead Masks

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Day of the Dead Temporary Tattoo Masks

One of the easiest ways to apply the sugar skull face for a Day of the Dead costume is by using pre-made temporary face tattoos.

The set to the right comes with two Kits of 21 tattoos (each) to create a temporary Day of the Dead Sugar Skull face look.

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La Catrina

Day of the Dead Holiday

Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and many other Latin American Countries at the end of October and early November.

It is often confused with a Halloween celebration since it is being celebrated at the same time that Halloween is being celebrated in the U.S.

The holiday also overlaps with two holidays in the Catholic church, All Saints' Day on November 1 and All Souls' Day on November 2.

It is a time when friends and family gather to gather, pray for, honor and celebrate the memory of those who have died.

People celebrating Dia de los Muertos frequently dress up as skeletons or calacas as part of this celebration to honor those who have died.

La Calavera Catrina, or the elegant skull or lady, is an image from José Guadalupe Posada that in more recent years has become nearly synonymous with the Day of the Dead Holiday.

This Catrina Sculpture by Dominik to the right gives one the impression of how skeletons are used as a main decorating theme for Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead Holiday.

Skeletons and Skulls - Oh My!

My Lenses on Skeletons and Skulls

I've been a bit fascinated with skeletons and skulls. Here are the lenses that I've created about skulls and skeletons.


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Do you dress up to celebrate Dia de los Muertos?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

© 2011 Kirsti A. Dyer

Comment on Day of the Dead Costumes

John_Hairstyler on October 15, 2012:

That ideas for day of the dead costumes are great.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on October 14, 2012:

Great coverage on this topic! I was looking for Day of the Dead children's costumes for my Hispanic Halloween Costumes for Kids. Didn't find nearly this many for the younger crowd.

Stacy Birch on October 09, 2012:

Awesome stuff.

sweetstickyrainbo on September 30, 2012:

the corpse bride look is cool

anonymous on September 18, 2012:

Love the costumes. Nice lens.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on August 28, 2012:

@Mary Crowther: Thank you

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on August 28, 2012:

So many choices here, very well done! Blessings!

JoyfulReviewer on October 16, 2011:

Thanks for the fun costume lens!

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