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18 Hauntingly Beautiful Day of the Dead Costumes to Inspire You! [2023]

Get excited! The Day of the Dead is COMING!

To celebrate “Dia de Muertos”, here are 18 Day of the Dead Costumes we found on Instagram to Inspire You!

If you love pretty things, you might like to check out our free Instagram presets to prepare for your costume IG post.

You might also like to check out our favourite Day of the Dead Quotes!

18 Insane Day of the Dead Costumes to Inspire You!

Day of the Dead produces some seriously good costumes each year. With not long left until the dead come out to play, have you got your costume ready?

Here are some early costumes from this year and years past.

Outfit Inspiration

Day of the Dead outfits are seriously so cool.

Here are some of our very favourites.

Check out this ladies head piece – is that actually edible?

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Here’s a little sneak peak of this years 2019 #diadelosmuertos ???????? Honoring the sacred migrations and paying tribute to our loved ones that have departed ???? This year I wanted to incorporate Real #pandemuerto very tricky to work with , but I made it work and it looks stunning and incredibly amazing. Gracias to @lamonarcabakery for providing the Pan de Muerto ✨. Florals: Cempasuchíl floresitas flowers are the staple of this headpiece I wanted to work with oranges , golds and some browns to represent the blooming #pandemuerto . Monarcas : Butterflies ???? you can see some beautiful almost real butterflies on some areas of the headpiece. One of them is in the front of my forehead. This is an emotional personal meaning to me . Since the passing of my abuelita last March I have encountered numerous amount of butterflies. Many that have been so close to me and have stood on my head and one close to my forehead… I immediately wanted to bring back this moment and incorporated into this look. Makeup : I love painting and illustrating intricate details onto my designs so I wanted to make sure to add this touch to my makeup this year . I use only makeup ( not professional makeup) makeup you can find at your nearest store or online . Or even makeup you already have , it’s all about being creative and thinking outside the box . For the orange eyeshadow I use @morphebrushes eyeshadow and @colourpopcosmetics gold eyeshadow Black eyeliner : I use @sweetstreetcosmetics and @colourpopcosmetics black lipstick Lipstick : @kyliecosmetics Jewels : @swarovski Eyelashes: @shopvioletvoss I will be sharing more images throughout the week of my full headpiece, wardrobe and makeup – stay tuned ✨ Also , this year I’ll be one of the guest judge for @hwdforever #diadelosmuertos contest ⚡️???? I’m so excited to judge and bring you the most creative and authentic contestants for this years 2019 event going down this Saturday. Tix are available at their link @hwdforever . See you soon! Photo by : @carlos_ponce_ Makeup / headpiece @raggedytiff @yosoy.jessicaresendiz #diadelosmuertos #amoreterno19 #calacas #monarca #dayofthedead #cempasuchil #pandemuerto #mybeautifulculture

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Day of the dead could be an opportunity to try out some #couplegoals outfits. What do you think?

These two are kind of melting my heart in a weird, spooky kind of way.

Wow, this lady looks a bit too elegant to be dead…

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Had an amazing time putting this Día De Los Muertos look together for @smashboxcosmetics ????????????It was inspired by a dreamy sunrise in Los Angeles.????Swipe for inspo. The entire outfit is handmade – a lot of you asked me about where to purchase these items, so I can only offer the materials I used. Fabrics from @michaellevinefabrics , craft materials from my local @99centsonly store & @michaelsstores , flowers from @theoriginallaflowermarket and gems by @beads_factory ✨All make-up by @smashboxcosmetics of course! My favorite is the full coverage foundation I use in shade 0.1, Babe Alert Matte lipstick, and On Location Trio in metallic teal shadow. ????Now off to finish up my costume for this weekend! – Stay tuned for MORE DDLM inspiration on my next posts! More skulls, flowers and costumes to come! ???????????? . . . . . . #DiadelosMuertos #DayOfTheDead #SugarSkull #DiaDeLosMuertos #Mexico #DiaDeMuertos #Skeleton #Skull #Flowers #UNESCO #AllSaintsDay #AllSoulsDay #Calavera #Ddlm #Ofrenda #LadyoftheDead #LaCalaveraCatrina #diadelosmuertoscostume #diadelosmuertosmakeup

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Love this guys outfit. So. darn cool.

Can you imagine how much effort went into this?

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Xipe Totec Aztec Dancers are part of our nightly Novenario Procession. Join us tonight for our 4th night of festivities. #jaguar ???? ???? ???? Dia de los Muertos Festival Olvera Street October 25-November 2 – Nightly Procession at 7:00pm – La Danza de la Muerte at 6:00pm – Community Altars – Face Painting (thru Nov 3) – Entertainment (thru Nov 3) For all event details visit: Free & Family Friendly #olverastreet #plazaolvera #dayofthedead #novenario #olverast #sugarmyskull #tradition #cultura #art #livingmuertos #vivalavida #altars #altares #ofrendas #diadelosmuertos #calaca #calavera #facepainting #free #freeevent #familyfriendly #birthplaceoflosangeles #9dayfestival #mydayinla #dtla #community #danzadelamuerte #liveperformances

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Wow, is there really a human behind all that?

Some kind of freaky day of the dead god right there.

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Wow! I wasn’t going to post any more pix of this look & then I received this gorgeous image by @rudynaval ???? I love how he captures the stained glass. I can’t wait to see you all at Hollywood Forever Nov 2nd ???????? El Velorio VIP reception by @antoniopelayoproductions . Makeup @airbrushmakeupworldacademy @livierveralopez Designer @ricardosoltero and @momopeaches1 earrings @pasolki #losangeles #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedeadgirl #dayofthedead #mexico #catrina #sugarskull #sugarskullmakeup #sacred #tradition #skeleton #dead #lacatrina #la #headpiece #skull #calaveras #california #art #culture #makeup #airbrushmakeup #airbrush #dayofthedeadtattoo #inspiration #photography #elvelorio #mausoleum

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Love the traditional Mexican vibe of this Dia de Muertos costume.

Her skirt is very very cool to say the least.

This day of the dead costume is definitely head piece goals!!

This guy is definitely peacocking.

Day of the dead squad goals right here people!

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On Saturday October 26th, we celebrate the day of the dead, Where we honored the memory of our founder "Don Julio Berdegué Aznar" with a beautiful altar. Come and visit it at the facilities of El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel in #Mazatlán! #DayOfTheDead … Este 26 de Octubre inauguramos las celebraciones de día de muertos con la primera edición de la “Ruta de Altares 2019: Zona Dorada” que se está llevando a cabo del 20 de octubre al 03 de noviembre, donde distintos hoteles, negocios y restaurantes de la Zona Dorada estaremos celebrando esta magnifica tradición Mexicana con diferentes altares de muertos en cada una de las instalaciones de estas empresas. ¡Te esperamos a conocer nuestro altar de muertos en las instalaciones de El Cid Castilla Hotel de Playa para honrar la memoria de nuestro fundador "Don Julio Berdegué Aznar"! . . . #diademuertos #mexico #vacaciones #familia #habitaciones #playa #viajar #viajeros #vacation #suite #oceanview #beach #traveling #luxury #letsgoeverywhere #familytravel #mylpguide #globetrotter #travelcommunity #travelsolo #travelbloggers #elcid #elcidresorts #besthotels #elcidmazatlan

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Pope mobile anyone?

This is one slick day of the dead ride.

Day of the Dead Make up Inspiration

Day of the dead not only has awesome costumes but seriously cool make up. Do you have these skills? Me neither.

Day of the dead make up is all about vibrant, popping colours.

And getting bedeazzled

Love all the jewels on this chick.

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????DAY OF THE DEAD???? When I say this look took me forever I’m not being dramatic???? please comment any looks you’d like to see & something very exciting will be revealed soon! Keep an eye out ???? @rebeccacapelmakeup inspo???? PRODUCTS – EYES- @plouise_makeup_academy Base shade 1 @makeuprevolution C1 concealer @peachesmakeup famous and most wanted glitter @inglotuk @inglotireland no 77 Black eyeliner @__dollbeauty_ lashes ANASTASIA @__dollbeauty_ Peaches and pop tarts palette @thegypsyshrine face gems @officialsnazaroo black face paint @ispyeyes @barrymcosmetics glitters LIPS – @__dollbeauty_ get lippy @barrymcosmetics toast liner FACE – @crownbrushuk @__dollbeauty_ highlighter shine bright @narsissist Barcelona @maybelline 24hour foundation nude beige @anastasiabeverlyhills bronzer BROWS – @anastasiabeverlyhills dip brown medium brown @makeuprevolution brow pencil brown @barrymcosmetics take a brow #creativemakeup #halloweenmakeup #halloweenideas2019 #halloweenmakeupideas #freakweek #freakweekkeilidhmua #shrinexannawin #dayofthedeadmakeup #dayofthedeadskull #halloweenglam #gypsyshrine #abhprsearch

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Maybe this girl recently visited a sunflower field. Who knows.

Day of the dead is all about getting creative. Whatever floats your boat people!

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Sunny Catrina???? ⠀ Фото из лета для осени???????? Здесь прекрасно всё: мягкий закатный свет, солнечные цветы, локация, погода, настроение, обожаемые мной мелкие детали и любимые летние цвета???? ⠀ Used: ⠀ @nyxcosmetics_russia Ultimate shadow palette – brights Foil play pigment palette – limit love Bare with me tinted skin veil – deep espresso In your element shadow palette – fire ⠀ @mehronmakeup Paradise makup AQ – orange, yellow, dark brown, black ⠀ Face gems: @glitterforart Wig: @rayrayhairofficial Use code “IGRAYRAYHAIR” (30% off) Lenses: @queenslens ⠀ #machalloween_конкурс @maccosmeticsrussia

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Wow, this is a seriously amazing headpiece.

If you can create this you have some serious talent.

Children’s Costumes

If you have a family, here are some awesome Day of the Dead Children’s costumes for some serious day of the dead inspo!

Too cute to be spooky!

Wait a second they are not children?

Okay back to cuteness overload.

If you have sewing skills you can make your daughter a day of the dead costume like this!

So what do you think guys? Did this help your Day of the Dead Costume woes or make you more worried?

If you do make a seriously cool Day of the Dead costume we’d love to see it and add it to our Day of the Dead 2020 countdown.


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    MC Miller is a travel blogger and writer who has travelled America extensively and abroad to over 80 countries. He founded Couple Travel The World in 2017. Since then, he has spent over 6 years on the road as a full time travel couple. When he not traveling he likes to spend quality time with his partner Bett, planning our their next date or romantic getaway!