Day of the Dead Costume Ideas

2019 Update: We now carry more Dia de los Muertos costumes for all the best Day of the Dead costume ideas!

The Day of the Dead ('Dia de los Muertos' in Spanish) is the Mexican holiday celebrating loved ones who have passed on. Festivities take place on All Saint's Day and All Souls' Day throughout Latin America and other world cultures. These are the 2 days directly following All Hallow's Eve, a day we know better as - Halloween!

Dia de Muertos Costume 

Instead of being a drab, morbid affair, the Day of the Dead is a true celebration known for incorporating bright colors, flowers, and superb artistic design in everything that is displayed. There is no better example than the beautiful skull motif which is found in the decorations, masks, trinkets, and makeup showcased during the celebration.

Día de los Muertos found a foothold in the Southwestern United States with Mexican and Latin American communities, and over the last decade has fused into popular culture. Day of the Dead costume ideas have become some of the most coveted and beloved Halloween costume choices. The costumes' use of color, elaborate makeup designs, and macabre theme make them a favorite among men and women alike!

Day of the Dead Group Costume Ideas

Día de los Muertos makes for a great group costume idea


Day of the Dead Accessories

If you are planning on a Day of the Dead costume DIY, start with black clothing as a base. You could even start with a Skeleton t-shirt  to make your own Day of the Dead costume. Then add a dash of color (we recommend green, yellow, or red) using a sash, accent piece, or flowers pinned onto your outfit or into your hair. Finally, be sure to incorporate that skull motif with one of our exquisite sugar skull masks or a skull makeup kit. Be sure to use fans or flowery hair accessories to complete your look!

Day of the Dead Accessories

Catrina MaskWomen's Half Mask Men's Skull MaskGlitter Tattoo Mask
Day of the Dead Makeup KitFlower HeadbandFeather FanFloral Hair Clip

Day of the Dead Makeup Tutorial

If you are looking to take it to the next level with your costume, you can try our more elaborate Day of the Dead makeup tutorial. No worries though, we have broken down all the steps to make it a painless process. First, assemble all the necessary makeup elements:

  • (2) Eyebrow pencils for creating the linework and webs across the face. Get one black one and one colored one (we went with red to match the gems we chose). 
  • Makeup brushes (be sure to include a finer brush for the detailed areas).
  • Colored powder eye shadow (we went with blue to contrast the red being used elsewhere).
  • Colored Gems (can be purchased at your local craft store).
  • White Cream base.
  • Spirit Gum adhesive (for attaching the gems).
  • Eyeliner and mascara.

You can customize your color arrangement based on personal preference and what compliments the outfit you have put together. Once all the pieces are assembled, let our makeup expert guide you through the application process in the video below:


Women's Day of the Dead Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Chrissy from Today I'm going to show you a Day of the Dead makeup tutorial for you to use this Halloween.

The products we'll be using today are white cream makeup, a white setting powder, black, white and red liners, a navy powder eyeshadow, and I'll be applying red gems with spirit glue.

I'm going to apply the white cream makeup with a latex brush, and I'm going to apply it in a very thin layer. Next, I'm going to use that powder puff, and apply the white powder in a thin layer over the entire face.

Next, start with that navy blue eyeshadow, and you're going to apply it to all around your lids, and then below the bottom lashes as well, just in a circle. I'm using an angled brush for the bottom part. Now, I'm going to use a little bit of the lighter blue, and I'm going to continue that circle a little bit wider. I'm going to use black liner, and rim the eyes. Next, apply a coat of black mascara.

I'm going to use that black pencil, and I'm going to create a web shape on my forehead. I'm going to use a red pencil, and then, just basically trace the web with red. Use your black pencil, and fill in your nose. I'm going to make sure it has a point at the top, and then bring it all the way below the nostrils. I'm going to add some black powder to finish the nose.

I'm going to take that black pencil. Start at the corners of the lips. Bring the line through the cheekbone, right below it, and then stop about two fingers right below the hair line. Then next I'm going to create a couple scroll shapes. One is going to go above the line I just created, and then one is going to go below. I'm going to use the white pencil, and white out my lips. Nest, you're going to use that black liner, and dash in the teeth.

I'm going to create a flower on my chin. Fill it with red. I'm going to start applying the gems with spirit glue. Here is your completed Day of the Dead makeup tutorial. All you need now is your wig and costume, and you are set for Halloween.


Women's Day of the Dead Costumes

After replicating or recreating your Dia de Los Muertos makeup look inspired by our makeup expert Chrissy, you'll need a Day of the Dead outfit. For embroidered flowers, lace, and ruffles check out our women's Day of the Dead costumes down below! We have standard, plus size, sexy, and full-coverage styles to make sure you find exactly what you need!

Women's Day of the Dead Costumes

Plus Size Day of the Dead CostumeWomen's Mariachi SuitGlamour Muerta DressWomen's Day of the Dead CostumeQueen of the DeadSugar Skull Señorita

Men's Day of the Dead Costumes

Let’s not let the women have all the Day of the Dead fun! We also have a great selection of men’s Day of the Dead costumes. Check out the classic Day of the Dead costume, the more colorful option, or the unique Señor Bones set. If you’ve got your outfit ready and only need a mask, check out our Day of the Dead fabric mask and wig combo. This is a great option if you have sensitive skin or worry about an allergic reaction to face paint.

 Men's Day of the Dead Costumes

Mariachi SuitSeñor Bones CostumeMen's Day of the Dead OutfitRed Day of the Dead CostumeDay of the Dead SuitThree Amigos Costume

Children's Day of the Dead Costumes

While the holiday is slightly macabre, kids can still dress up and take part in the Day of the Dead. We have a great selection of Day of the Dead costumes kids will love, ranging from a fun and bright trimmed tailcoat option for boys, a similarly colorful dress costume for girls, and two different señorita costumes. Get the entire family involved and celebrate Hispanic heritage with these adorable Dia De Los Muertos child costumes.Kids' Day of the Dead Costumes

Kids' Day of the Dead CostumeDay of the Dead Girls' CostumeDay of the Dead Boys' CostumeSugar Skull PrincessBoys' Poncho Day of the Dead Señorita

Another great part of Day of the Dead costumes and makeup is the variety of ways to do it! Be sure to share your own Día de Los Muertos costume pics with us. We would love to see what you do with this style: SHARE WITH US!

Travis Mattick
Travis Mattick

Travis is a videographer, t-shirt aficionado and seasoned costume guru. He also boasts expert knowledge of all things Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings related. He can usually be found drenched in fake blood at a zombie pub crawl, taking brewery tours wearing German lederhosen, or guising as a Jack Sparrow impersonator-- convincing people to buy him a drink of rum.