Día de los Muertos: A colorful celebration of life & death 

Feliz Día de los Muertos! From local ofrendas, performances, food truck hotspots, and more. Learn about Día de los Muertos and how you can celebrate this year! 

Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is not the “Mexican version of Halloween.” While they share some similarities, they’re actually quite different in traditions and meaning. Unlike Halloween in the U.S., where we indulge in scary movies and too much candy, Día de los Muertos is a colorful celebration and remembrance of the lives of those who have passed on. Beginning the evening of October 31, families decorate their relatives’ graves with bright marigolds and create ofrendas (altars) with photos and personal items to honor their relatives. They also celebrate with food, drinks, and activities that their loved ones enjoyed in life!  

Listen to one of our staff members, Brenda Rodriguez, talk about how she celebrates Día de los Muertos! 

Learn more about Día de los Muertos –  

Discover Día de los Muertos events in and around Seattle –  

Seattle 

  • Dia de los Muertos Festival — Celebrate virtually or venture to Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center to enjoy performances, view elaborate ofrendas, and partake in a sugar skull workshop! This event is free and open to everyone. (Tune in October 31 at 12 PM or visit in-person Oct 30 – Nov 2, 11 AM-6 PM) 
  • Introduction to Day of the Dead — Join online or in-person at University Center Heights to learn more about the Día de los Muertos festivals from Rene De Los Santos, a Latino & Community Outreach Coordinator for YMCA. This event is for folks ages 12 and up! RSVP online today for a Zoom link if you are interested in joining virtually. (October 24, 3-5 PM) 

Bainbridge Island 

  • Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration – Join the celebration of the opening of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s Día de Los Muertos ofrenda. Activities include a butterfly procession, face painting, presentations with public remembrances and offerings, as well as a screening of Disney’s Coco(October 30, 11 AM – 2 PM) 

Looking for ways to satisfy your Día de los Muertos food cravings? 

  • Try your hand at some home cooking! Invite your friends and family over for a delicious Día de los Muertos snack or meal. From sugar skulls to tamales, the Día de Los Muertos website is stock-piled with recipes you’ll actually want to make. 
  • Find Mexican food trucks and carts in and around the Seattle area! Whether you’re on the hunt for savory, sweet, or vegetarian options, Seattle Food Truck can help you find the nearest Mexican food truck in your neighborhood! 

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