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Toledo Museum of Art visitors can decorate sugar skulls for Dia de Los Muertos

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Toledo Museum of Art will offer guests a chance to decorate sugar skulls, a traditional activity before the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. The skulls and a wide variety of decorating materials will be available in the Museum Café Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 from noon to 4 p.m.

“The sugar skull, or calavera, is used to decorate the altars families create on the Day of the Dead to celebrate a loved one,” said TMA Executive Chef Joe Felix. “Often the altars will have favorite things and photos remembering very close family members and friends. The colorful sugar skulls with fun designs contribute to the celebratory nature of the holiday.”

Day of the Dead, which is celebrated in Mexico and Central and South America, welcomes spirits of family members in commemoration of life and death. During the holiday, it is believed the passageway from the living world to the spirit world is opened so that deceased loved ones may return to visit their families and friends. Day of the Dead takes place between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. 

Sugar skulls are not limited for those who have died, Felix explained.

“A decorated calavera can also be given as a gift on Day of the Dead to a living loved one,” he said.

The cost, which includes all the decorating materials, is $10 for one sugar skull or $15 for two sugar skulls. Participants will receive a 10 percent discount on the cost with a purchase of an item from the Museum Café’s children’s menu. Pre-registration is not required to participate.