Top Picks for Day of the Dead


by Linda Castillo

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 in Mexico and many other countries. It is a time where family and friends gather to pray and remember loved ones who passed away. The holiday includes several traditions to honor deceased loved ones such as placing sugar skulls, marigolds, and the departed favorite foods and beverages on their graves as gifts.  

Now the Day of the Dead imagery has been incorporated into fashion, jewelry, home décor, and many everyday items. So for those of us who can’t get enough of Day of the Dead, we have picked seven items that can be used year around.

1) Festival of Bones / El Festival de las Calaveras: The Little-Bitty Book for the Day of the Dead (English and Spanish Edition) – We love this dual-language little book. Not only does this book have great images but it also includes poetry to teach readers about this important Mexican holiday.

2) Betsey Johnson Rio Sugar Skull Ring – Day of the Dead influence can be seen in many of Betsey Johnson’s jewelry. We love this skull ring because it is feminine and tough all at the same time. This ring will spice up any outfit.

3) Loungefly Sugar Skull Neon Flowers Tote – The vibrant colors on this lovely tote are sure to make you happy even on the gloomiest winter day.  

4) Sirena Day of the Dead Mouse Pad – Many of us work in cubicles that are dull, boring and lack any décor. Since we spend over 40 hours a week in a cubicle why not add a touch of personal flair with this great Sirena Day of the Dead mouse pad.

6) Day of the Dead Novelty Apron – Who says aprons have to be boring? Give your favorite cook in the family this fun Day of the Dead apron. 

7) Dia de los Muertos Watch by Swatch – We saved the best for last! This watch is a conversation starter and you are sure to get compliments when you wear it.

Day of Dead Swatch Watch

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Linda Castillo is the Founder and Executive Editor of She writes on topics that empower and inspire Latinas including art, motherhood, green living, culture, travel, and issues transforming the Latino community. Linda has earned a B.S. in Business and a M.S. in Mass Communications from San Jose State University.