Day of the Dead: history of the Mexican celebration and how you can decorate your home for the occasion

Delve into the history of Mexico's Day of the Dead and discover how to decorate your home for the occasion

A floral paper Baroque Skeleton Skull Garland, £5.83, from Talking Tables

Mexico’s Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos) is a time of celebration, where people gather at altars to offer food, drink, flowers and candles to their lost loved ones. Hundreds of people dress up as La Catrina (the elegant skull) to take part in a parade celebrating the dead, and surrounded themselves with marigolds: the flower thought to guide the spirit of the dead with its vivid colours and scent.

To get into the spirit of this ever-growing Mexican holiday, we have scoured the shops for the most stylish antique and contemporary accessories for your home. From ceramic skulls to devilish wallpaper, browse through our gallery of of spook-tacular finds to fill your home with devilish delights…


Red Day Of The Dead Frida Kahlo Cushion

Vibrant and colourful Day of the Dead cushion. A skeleton man holds Frida Kahlo in his arms.

£40.00, Trouva


Skull Vinyl Floor Mat in pink/orange by PODEVACHE

A colourful skull-shaped door mat featuring flowers and leaves.

£65, Amara


Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Bauble

A glittery bauble shaped like a traditional Day of the Dead sugar skull.

£7, Sass & Belle


Day of the Dead Wallpaper – Gold & Black

Gold & Black Day of the Dead Wallpaper in a living room setting with a distressed table and beige fabric armchair

£120, Rockett St George


Day of the Dead biscuit tin

Biscuiteers day of the dad colourful skull shaped biscuits displayed around a tin

£35, Biscuiteers


Traditional Day of the Dead Papel Picado Flags

Traditional Day of the Dead paper flags in bright, primary colours. Each flag features laser-cut skulls and characters.

£6.75, Art Mexico


Mexican Day of the Dead ceramic skull folk art sculpture, edition 1/30

Antique blue and green ceramic skull with cabbage leaf

£1,683.10, 1stDibs


Baroque Skeleton Skull Garland

A decorative paper garland featuring skulls adorned with baroque-style flowers threaded onto a gold ribbon.

£5,83, Talking Tables