Making a Dia de los Muertos Altar with Nickelodeon’s The Casagrandes

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has become a widely celebrated tradition around the world. Decorating an altar with a loved one’s photo and favorite food is the centerpiece of this Latino holiday.
The Day of the Dead is a significant holiday in Mexico and in Latin American countries. On November 1st, many cemeteries are bursting with color, candle light, music, and food as family members gather around and visit their deceased relatives. The women dress as Catrinas with colorful face painting resembling a skull. It’s a joyful time rather than a sad one.
I used stick-on Catrina make-up for a Dia de los Muertos look.

I used stick-on Catrina make-up for a Dia de los Muertos look.

Thanks to Nickelodeon’s upcoming series, “The Casagrande,” we’re going to create an altar using a kit. The kit includes a craft ceramic skull and blank picture frames so the little ones can decorate them and put together their ofrenda or offering for their loved one.
Dia de los Muertos skull

Hand painted by me!

Since Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is widely celebrated in the USA, you can find most of the items you’ll need for your own altar at your local craft store or at a mercado. I hand painted the skull and it turned out better than I expected. Here’s our finished altar!
The final touches on the altar can include fresh marigold flowers and Day of the Dead bread, too.
Now, it’s time to meet the Casagrandes familia!
A new home in the city holds big adventures, laughs and love around every corner in Nickelodeon’s new original animated series “The Casagrandes.”  The Casagrandes tells the story of 11-year-old Ronnie Anne who moves to the city with her mom and older brother to live with their big, loving family, the Casagrandes. Starring Izabella Alvarez (Westworld) as 11-year-old Ronnie Annie, Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush) as her brother Bobby and Sumalee Montano (Nashville) as her mom Maria, the series showcases the culture, humor, and love that’s part of growing up in a multi-generational Mexican-American family. After moving in with their grandparents in Great Lakes City, Ronnie Anne adjusts to her new life living under one roof and over the family-run mercado (local market), which is a gathering place for everyone in the neighborhood.
“Los Casagrande” premiers Monday, Oct. 14, at 1:30 p.m. (ET/PT). It’s a spin off of Nick’s animated hit The Loud House. Following its premiere, the series moves to its regular time slot on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT) beginning Saturday, Oct. 19, on Nickelodeon.
Honoring deceased family members November 1st and 2nd is a time honored tradition in Mexico and many Latin Counties. Today, Dia de los Muertos is widely celebrated in the United States, too.
Are you decorating an altar for Dia de los Muertos?
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