The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that demonstrates love and respect for deceased family members with a two-day celebration. Introduce your family to the Mexican with these activities at home and in Detroit.
Visit The DIA
The annual Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos exhibit celebrates the popular Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. Take your kids to see the exhibit (open through November 6th) and follow up the experience with free drop-in Sugar Skulls Workshop on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30. Admission to the DIA is always FREE for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Celebrate At Valade Park
Take A Trip To Mexicantown
- Armando’s // 4242 W Vernor Hwy
- Evie’s Tamales // 3454 Bagley Ave
- Los Galanes // 3362 Bagley Ave
- Mexican Town Restaurant // 3457 Bagley Ave
- Mexican Village // 2600 Bagley St
- Xochimilco Restaurant // 3409 Bagley Ave
You can also make Pan de Muerto at home.
Family Movie Night
Cuddle up on the couch and keep tissue nearby for Disney’s Coco. After the movie, watch A Celebration of The Music From Coco, available on Disney+ to see traditional Mexican dancers live on stage. The littlest kids will enjoy the new Super Monsters Dia De Los Monsters on Netflix.
Have Story Time
Visit your local library or expand your home collection with these holiday books.
- Dia de Los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
- El Dia De Los Muertos by Bob Barner
- The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle
- Rosita y Conchita by Erich Haeger
- Just A Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
Photo credit: Detroit Institute of Arts