Overview

Do your little ones love face painting, spooky stories and getting creative? Cap off the holiday season of costumes at Nickel Plate Arts by celebrating Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) on November 1! The festive holiday honors and celebrates the memory of friends and family members who have passed away. Our kid-friendly, art-filled spin is a great way to introduce your children to this ancient Mexican tradition.

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2017 Details

Day of the Dead, November 1, 4-8 p.m.

The season for painting faces and dressing in costumes continues during Day of the Dead! Your kids will love getting “cultured” at Nickel Plate Arts by celebrating Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. This festive Mexican holiday with ancient roots honors and celebrates the memory of friends and family members who have passed away. Our version amplifies the artistic aspects of Day of the Dead to appeal to the young and young at heart.

Kids will explore Mexican art and culture by learning about the holiday’s traditions, participating in crafts and art making, and enjoying treats! Expect to get hands on in the creation of altars, laying out offerings, and sharing food, music and stories with loved ones. Our celebration will put an artsy spin on these popular traditions.

Admission to Day of the Dead at Nickel Plate Arts is $5 per person. No registration is required.

2016 Details

Day of the Dead, Nov. 1, 4-9 p.m.

Get cultured at Nickel Plate Arts by celebrating Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) on Nov. 1. This festive Mexican holiday with ancient roots honors and celebrates the memory of friends and family members who have passed away. Our version amplifies the artistic aspects of Day of the Dead to appeal to people young and old from a range of cultural backgrounds.

EVENT DETAILS Day of the Dead has activities for all ages! — All day long, explore Mexican art and culture by learning about the holiday’s traditions, including the creation of altars, laying out offerings, and sharing food, music and stories with loved ones. Our celebration will put an artsy spin on these popular traditions.

Ofrenda Making — An ofrenda is a collection of objects placed on a ritual altar during the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Create your own Day of the Dead ofrenda to honor and celebrate memories of a loved one that has passed away, such as a family member, friend or even a pet. In honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial, contribute to a collaborative shrine showcasing famous deceased Hoosiers that have made contributions to Indiana history.

Calavera Making — Children often receive delicious sugar skulls or calavera during Day of the Dead celebrations. Come and decorate your own version of a sugar skull and enjoy it afterwards! Calavera skulls are artistic representations of the human skull and date back to Mexican folk art fom the 17th century.

Skull Face Painting — Children and adults alike will be transformed into Day of the Dead calavera characters with the help of our skilled face painter. This is always a huge hit!

Fortune-Telling — New this year: Join local artist Alys Caviness-Gober in fun Mexican-inspired fortune telling including tarot cards, reading tea leaves, and more!

Storytelling — Join Bob Sander from Storytelling Arts of Indiana for interactive storytelling throughout the evening (see schedule of times below).

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4:30-5pm

5:30-6pm

6:30-7pm

7:30-8pm

8:30-9pm

Also, visit with Michael and Nicole Kobrowski of Unseenpress.com, Inc. to learn more about local haunts and see photos throughout the evening!
Michael and Nicole Kobrowski are in a cemetery in Westfield that is said to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier. They offer a Westfield Haunted Underground Railroad Ghost Walk to various locations in the town that are said to be haunted. Photo made Thursday October 6, 2011. Rob Goebel/The Star.

And More! — Other Day of the Dead activities will include hands-on Mexican folk crafts, music, piñata smashing, and Mexican-inspired food and drinks. Come join us!

Admission to Day of the Dead at Nickel Plate Arts is $6 per person and includes food, drinks, crafts, face painting and activities. No registration is required. Buy your ticket by clicking here!

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We’re weaving together the fabric of our community. Add your thread during our Day of the Dead festivities! If you are interested in participating as an artist, sponsor or partner, please contact us to start a conversation.

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