sugar skulls

Sugar skulls are a traditional folk art from Central and Southern Mexico used to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Mounds of colorful sugar skulls are sold by vendors in the open air village markets during the week preceding the Day of the Dead.

Spirits of the dead are welcomed back to their homes with beautifully decorated altars made by their loved ones. Sugar skulls, marigolds, candles, incense and special foods adorn home altars. Families take the flowers and sugar skulls to the cemetery to decorate the tombs on November 2.

Sugar skulls are colorfully decorated with icing, pieces of bright foil, colored sugars and usually bear the name of the deceased loved one being honored.

Sugar skulls are easy to make and if kept dry can last a year or more. Skulls are decorative and should not be eaten.

mexican sugar skulls.

More information reciepe for making the skulls and icing check out

Day of the Dead Bread - a tasty sweet bread that kids love, especially with hot cocoa.

Day of the Dead Books - colorful information about the festival.

Dead Fun Home Page - more about death and life.

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