Unlike Halloween, there’s nothing meant to be spooky or strange about Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday honoring deceased loved ones in a lively festival. Typically celebrated Nov. 1-2, there are Day of the Dead activities in the Tri-State held throughout Halloween weekend and into the first weekend of November.
Día de los Muertos at Evansville Museum
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive
Celebrate loved ones who have passed on with family-friendly activities, dance performances, scavenger hunts, and more. Plus, explore the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science for free.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration
4-7 p.m. Oct. 28, Central Park, 10 S. Main St., Henderson, Kentucky
Participate in sugar skull decorating, face painting, and a kids’ art parade while taking in sights of papel picado artwork and living calacas (skeletons), plus live music from Norteño band Inolvidable De Tierra Caliente.
Sugar Skull Decorating
6-7 p.m. Nov. 1, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Red Bank, 120 S. Red Bank Road
Decorate traditional sugar skulls and learn more about their history in Mexican culture.
Day of the Dead at University of Southern Indiana
7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 1, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Blvd.
Join university clubs for snacks, hot chocolate, dance lessons, mask painting, sugar skulls, and more.
Día de los Muertos Latin Dance Night
8 p.m. Nov. 3-2 a.m. Nov. 4, Lamasco Bar and Grill, 305 N. Sixth Ave.
Hosted by Evansville Latin Dance, enjoy an evening of salsa, bachata, cumbias, merengue, and reggaeton dancing, a Day of the Dead display, a skeleton face painting contest, and dance lessons. La Michocana Mexican food truck will be on hand. Children are allowed to attend through 9 p.m.
Día de los Muertos
2-6 p.m. Nov. 4, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library West, 2000 W. Franklin St.
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, the Montessori Academy, and Signature School put on this annual event features music, dancers, crafts, face painting, food vendors, ofrendas (offerings to deceased loved ones), and an art parade.