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Day of the Dead Altars (Ofrendas)

Day of the Dead Altars (Ofrendas)

altarsDay of the Dead Altars


Day of the Dead is celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd. The celebrations include festivals, visit to grave sites, and preparing the altars or Ofrendas for lost loved ones. Ofrendas can be set up near graves or where the loved one actually died. They are also set up in the home where people believe the spirits will visit.

In Morelos, Mexico the altar is set up in a bedroom with chairs or a bed for the dead to rest on. The living then sleep on the front porch. This is not done out of fear but they want to make the dead comfortable. The altars filled with flowers, candles and much more. Below is a list of the items you would find.

Day of the Dead Altars

Candles… for each dead family member. Lighting the way the for the spirits.

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Skulls made of wood or sugar…..sometimes marked with the names of the dead family member.

tree of life


Soap and Small towels….for the dead to wash


Water Jug…for drinking


Salt….a symbol of life




Bread…Pan de Muertos (Bread of the Dead) is a sweet egg bread and is flavored with cinnamon and anise seed (tastes like black licorice). The bread is then glazed with honey or sprinkled with red or pink sugar. The bread will sometimes be shaped like people or animals.

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Flowers…Marigolds (going back to the Aztecs) are used because they are the symbol of the harvest and they are also know as the flower of the dead. Their bright color and strong smell reminded the Aztecs of the sun. You can see the petals scattered from the graves to the home, like a path for the spirits to follow. These bright flowers are colorful enough for the spirits to see after living in so much darkness.


Marigold-Marigolds….flowers of the Dead



Pictures of the loved ones that have past


Small toys or miscellaneous items the loved ones enjoyed


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How to Make Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls


The spirit of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is that we honor our loved ones that have passed, but we are not afraid of death and we honor life by living it. That is why you will see people dress up in skull masks (calacas) and spend days cleaning and decorating the graves of families members and prepare amazing altars to welcome their dead loved ones.


day of the dead statues


Sugar Skulls are a large part of the Day of the Dead altars and celebrations. In Mexico families spend most of October preparing their sugar skulls that they will use to adorn their altars (oferendas) and grave sites. These sugar skulls are beautifully decorated and are all made by hand. They represent  the loved ones that have passed while honoring their life. That is why they are decorated with brightly colored icing, foil and feathers. They are not morbid or scary but more of a reminder that death is apart of life and that life is beautiful and fun and meant to be lived.


decorated sugar skulls

How to Make Sugar Skulls

Ingredients:  (for a 5 pound bag of granulated sugar)
A 5 pound bag of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of Meringue powder
10 teaspoons of water
Mix the meringue powder and sugar together and then add your water.
Fill your sugar skull molds with sugar mixture
Then turn out on cardboard and let them sit overnight.
Then decorate with icing, foil and feathers.
This recipe will yield 5 large sugar skulls or 20 medium skulls or
100 mini skulls

sugar skull molds

Coast Hwy Traders has all you need to make your sugar skulls.
Including different styles of sugar skull molds and we also have chocolate molds!
And if you do not have time to make your own sugar skulls Coast Hwy Traders will have pre-made sugar skulls direct from Mexico at the store in October. But hurry they sell quickly!!!

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Coast Hwy Traders is the best Day of the Dead

(Dia de los Muertos) store in the San Diego area!!!


Why do we say this……????

Coast Hwy Traders takes pride in the fact that the owner travels far into Mexico to find the most unique Dia de los Muertos merchandise. We bring Mexico’s beautiful culture, artistry, art, and traditions to you.


 Our wide range of Day of the Dead merchandise includes traditional figurines, crafts, novelty items and much more.

Our large selection of skulls (Calavera’s) and skeleton figures (Calacas) in all styles, people and occupations is the most authentic and traditional you will find in San Diego County.


Our Calacas or skeleton figures include Elvis, surfers, office professionals, bride and groom, nativity scenes, mermaids, the Beatles, pirates and much more. Coast Hwy Traders Dia de Los Muertos skeletons range from small to large sizes and ceramic to paper mache.


Dia de Los Muertos merchandise also includes:

Day of the Dead calendars

Day of the Dead paper dolls and coloring books

Dia de Los Muertos shadow boxes

Day of the Dead bags and purses

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull molds and ingredients

For over 15 years we have been committed to carrying the most unique quality Mexican Folk art and traditional Day of the Dead merchandise. Let Coast Hwy Traders be your one and only store  for Day of the Dead Merchandise in San Diego County