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Dia de los Muertos costume for Halloween – ideas with simple instructions in Mexican tradition

Mexican Day of the Dead is a celebration that goes perfectly with Halloween and a Dia de los Muertos costume. Usually celebrated on All Saints Day, the day after Halloween. The traditional holiday of raising the lives of the dead is a cultural staple. If you are not familiar with the meaning of D í a de Los Muertos, especially when it comes to dressing up for Halloween, make sure you do your research before putting together your outfit. You should make sure that your costume is pulled from the right context to suit the holy holiday. Here’s some useful information, as well as instructions on how to create a simple DIY version of your Halloween costume.

Before you decide to make a Dia de los Muertos costume yourself

sugar skull and flowers in hair after mexican celebration dia de los muertos costume

Halloween costume and makeup trends change from year to year. Whether it’s popular series like Game of Thrones or Stranger Things, political scandals and celebrity mishaps, such outfits now reflect much of what’s going on in pop culture for Halloween – for better or worse. If you’re looking for a last-minute option, you’ll probably have to stick to one of the tried-and-true options.

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Fortunately, this can also be a simple DIY Dia de los Muertos costume. The aforementioned celebration is held throughout Mexico, with families celebrating their deceased loved ones. This includes a few skull paintings and costumes of dead people, but they look quite colorful and fancy. So, if you want to start such a DIY project for Halloween, the following examples might help you.

Make a couple costume yourself with makeup.

couple costume mexican style for halloween with made up skulls on face

You can paint your face by watching some tutorials online. For the female version, you will mainly need flowers, makeup, a plastic headband, a black dress, and a lace t-shirt, skeleton tights, skull earrings, black shoes and a pair of gloves. The male version requires a plain black t-shirt, white acrylic paint, a chest pattern, a black hat, a blazer and pants.

men costume for halloween with elegant suit and skull make up like in mexico


Apply the traditional white makeup to your face, leaving out the eye area. Then add foundation. The most difficult yet interesting part of the makeup is sketching. You can use a stencil kit to make the outlines easier if you are not familiar with sketching on your own. Add some glitter to the edges of the sketch and use some flowers as embellishments.

Dia de los Muertos costume for kids

children costume for halloween colorful and funny mexican tradition for the day of the dead

For this particular costume, you need to dress your kids first before you start the makeup so that it doesn’t get ruined while dressing. You can use glitter eyeliner to make the makeup shiny. If you have a flair for dressing up, you can try this DIY costume for Day of the Dead. Follow these steps to finish the face paint.

halloween costume for kids from traditional mexican celebration for day of the dead with made up skulls on face


  • First, apply a base and then line the nose and eyelid.
  • Then add some shading under the cheekbone and then paint the lips.
  • To make the roses, detach some from a bouquet and wrap a hair ribbon around it.
  • Use a white base for the face paint and let it dry completely before outlining the eyes. To make the face look like a so-called sugar skull, you can use a blue detail for the eye filling.
  • Moreover, you can either make the kids costume yourself according to your taste or order some of the parts.

Traditional Sacred Heart Dia de los Muertos Costume

traditional heart of jesus dia de los muertos costume to wear on halloween with a wedding dress in black

The more decorations you can use, the more fun the costume will be. Start with a brief sketch of what you will like to do. To make the rose crown. It is best to use red roses and glue them to the sides of a headband. For this you can also take a large square tulle and lay it over a parchment paper to cut it to size. Sew the pieces together and then make the heart in the middle surrounded with jewelry.

Here’s how you can dress like it’s the Day of the Dead.

face makeup on halloween 2022 in mexican tradition for day of the dead with colorful dresses

To dress according to the tradition, you should look colorful rather than spooky. It is a very special holiday and your Dia de los Muertos costume should be as unique as you are. It’s not actually a Halloween event, whereas the way you dress up is perfect for the celebration. Women can choose colors like yellow, pink, purple, orange and the list goes on. They can wear a long or flowered dress and use some accessories. Men can wear a tuxedo or a charro suit.

Step by step instructions to make a Dia de los Muertos costume.

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On a small budget and about an hour of at-home crafting, you can put together this authentic costume, including DIY flower crown and simple sugar skull makeup from supply staples. Just wear the dress and some fake blood to also put together a Carrie costume, who is also a classic Halloween movie character.

Materials needed:

  • White dress
  • Black lace
  • Scarf or matching garment in black
  • 5 or 6 silk flowers (flat-bottomed ones are best)
  • Headband
  • Glue gun

Here’s how to put together your costume:

  • First, apply a small amount of glue stick to the headband with a hot glue gun, starting a thumb’s length from the bottom on one side.
  • Then press the base of your silk flower firmly into place.
  • Repeat this process until all the flowers are in place, each a thumb’s length apart to form a crown.
  • If you are using silk flowers with removable bases, separate the flowers one at a time and drape your silk scarf over the basting base.
  • Then place the flower back on top.
  • Repeat this process until your scarf is attached to your flower crown.
  • If you don’t have silk flowers with detachable bases, draw a thick line of hot glue across the back of the headband (behind the silk flowers).
  • Press your scarf firmly into place and repeat in sections.

Simple sugar skull makeup for your Dia de los Muertos costume.

use headband and make dia de los muertos costume with flowers in red and a black klied

Use the cheap and easy DIY recipe below to create your authentic sugar skull makeup. What you need for the makeup are the following ingredients:

  • Coldcream
  • Cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Flat makeup brush or small paintbrush

Here’s how to create and apply the makeup:

  • First, in a small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of cornstarch with 1 teaspoon of cold cream and one teaspoon of cold water.
  • Then add food coloring and immediately whisk with a small knife or spoon. Be careful not to leave the cornstarch in the wet ingredients for more than a few seconds or it will clump.
  • After combining, add additional drops of food coloring until desired color is achieved, then apply.
  • Be sure to wash your face and any area you apply makeup to, then dry thoroughly.
  • Apply a thin layer of cold cream to your entire face.
  • Gently dab over it with a cotton ball of cornstarch, making sure no cotton bits stick, or use your fingers.
  • Using a flat makeup brush or paintbrush, apply a thin layer in long strokes and allow to dry completely.
  • Pat in with cornstarch and repeat as many times as necessary to achieve the desired smooth, even look.