Wishing you a Happy Halloween and Dios de La Muerte.  While the holidays fall around the very same time of year (Dios de la Muerte starts 10/30 through 11/2 and Halloween traditionally falls on 10/31 with Halloween Eve the night before)...the historical and cultural background for these holidays differ.

Dios de la Muerte is a Mexican multi-day holiday which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

Halloween is a celebration observed in many countries on October 31st the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (those “hallowed”), martyrs and the faithful departed. 

The multi-colored handcrafted mini skulls (measuring approx. 3” x 1-1/2” x 1-1/2”) are made by prison artists and are fashioned out a special “clay mix” using bread and other common materials.  Each are unique and hand-painted. While the finished product is durable and strong, they can still break if dropped.  Personally, I just love them!

Hope you enjoy the related artwork


Leslie Lakes, Director

Description of images:
Dios de la Muerte mini skull handcrafted sculptures by Various Inmate ArtistsHappy Halloween/Dios de la Muerte color pen drawing 9x12 by Adam Flores
Dios de la Muerte pastel and ink drawing 9-3/4 x 12 by Uvaldo Nevarez

Day of the Dead color pen drawing 8x10-1/2 by Rogelio Guillen