How to dress to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Mexico

October 26, 2015

Sugar Skull style 

Festival of Life and Death Traditions

One of our favorite holidays of the year is just around the corner and with it is our already famous: Festival of Life and Death Traditions, where thousands of people gather to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Xcaret. One of the things we love the most is to see your amazing Sugar Skull costumes. If this is your first year attending the Festival here are some tips on what to wear to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Mexico.

Sugar skull make up  

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your makeup: use all the glitter and color you like! Some people even highlight their eyes by putting sequins around them, one great trick is to use a lot of black shadow on the cheekbones to give a realistic look. Remember, the only limit is your imagination!

Photo by @erikruizart

Something nice for your head 

Dressing like a Catrina is all about the flowers, the more colorful, the better! Women can choose from a cute simple flower headdress to a big fancy flower hat. Guys can go for a classy-50’s-look by wearing a nice trilby hat that matches with the rest of his outfit, and of course with his couple!

Photo by @morales_hdz


This is the perfect opportunity to wear that flashy necklace you’ve always wanted to use! Experiment with accessories like some awesome feather earrings or a traditional Mexican shawl. Remember that those extra items are what will make your style unique!

Traditional Mexican clothing

Day of the Death is one of the busiest moments of the year in Xcaret, so make sure your clothes are fresh and comfortable. Men can wear a simple but fancy guayabera look or an elegant dark blazer in case they’re looking to conquer a beautiful catrina. Women can choose between a cute Mexican blouse or a colorful maxi dress.

Photo by @juancotto_

Comfy shoes

Please keep in mind that you are going to walk, a lot! Stay away from high heels or any kind of uncomfortable shoes, wear your favorite (not so fancy) shoes in order to enjoy all the Festival’s activities.

Photo by @compartiendoviaje

Now you are ready to go to the Festival of Life and Death Traditions in Xcaret and walk around the Park with great style! Don’t forget to enjoy the traditional food, the music, folkloric dances and theater presentations.

Have you ever celebrated the Day of the Dead in Mexico? Tell us about your experience! 

Read more: Guide to Understanding the Day of the Dead

Comunicóloga, amante de la fotografía en blanco y negro, el baile y la música guapachosa.


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