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Celebrate Together in October

To close out the month of October, we’re celebrating both Halloween and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Saturday, October 29 featuring a costume contest and Sugar Skull painting.

We hope you’ll join us when the party begins at 6:30pm. The Día de los Metros is a Mexican holiday beginning at midnight on October 31 and observed on November 1 and 2.

Gaining wide popularity around the world and in the United States, the festivities are steeped in tradition to honor those who have passed.

The holiday is “a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones who are now gone… through art, cooking, music…activites…, recounting family stories, fun times and lessons learned… not how the person died, but how they lived.”

One of the most long-standing traditions of the holiday is the sugar skull, a small molded skull made as an offering to the dead. Decorated with embellishments hinting at the deceased person’s personality and beliefs, sugar skulls are not (usually) made to be eaten. Recently, the art of the sugar skull has become popular in today’s culture and is a current trend in home decor, the art world, tattoos, makeup and clothing. Some view this phenomenon as a dark image. However, those who are aware of its origins realize that the sugar skull image is a celebration of life.

Interested in making your own sugar skulls — perhaps as a family project or for your own Day of the Dead sugar skull party? Here’s just one of the many recipes we found. This one is by far the easiest and least expensive, using dollar store skull ice cube tray instead of  the traditional sugar skull molds. Although most sugar skulls are not meant to be eaten, this recipe is an edible version.

Link for complete instructions

Materials Needed:

1 cup granulated white sugar

2 teaspoons water

Silicone ice cube mold (skull shaped), $1

Piece of cardboard or cookie sheet

For those who prefer an authentic, traditional sugar skull recipe, please check out Mexican Sugar Skull that provides extensive information and detailed instructions as well as authentic molds and undecorated (ready made) skulls that can be purchased. Wilton also offers their take on sugar skulls, as well as molds for purchase. Providing a non-edible recipe, the post also features a variety of decorating ideas, using non-edible mediums like stickers and jewels to decorate the skulls.

Please join us on October 29 and take home your own sugar skull painting! We promise you a great time!

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