Sweet Skulls

Where to make (or buy) these fanciful Day of the Dead treats

Out come the multicolored papel picado (paper banners), ofrendas (altars with offerings), and calaveras (skulls)—at least in U.S. cities with strong Mexican-American communities. Let Día de Los Muertos begin.

Of all the colorful and folksy decorations, sugar skulls are one of the most fascinating, with proprietary recipes, techniques, and molds handed down for generations. And, although these beauts consist of meringue, sugar, and icing, do not put them in your mouth! They also contain sequins, feathers, and foils. Learn more at these places:

1. Artist Michele Simons holds workshops at Sugar Skull Gallery’s seasonal location, Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Michele Simons
Michele Simons
Michele Simons
Michele Simons

2. Oakland’s Corazon del Pueblo is a Mexican heritage store and community center. It sells Mexican craft-making kits, books, fabrics, and photography. It also teaches sugar-skull making.


3. Sugar-skull making is on the schedule at Chicago’s Eugene Field Park. So is Frida Kahlo tote-bag decorating. Both classes offer participants champurrado, a corn flour and chocolate drink. Bueno.


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