In spite of skeletons and skulls, don’t call it Mexican Halloween. Hispanic cultures remember their departed loved ones with sight, sound, and tastes on Dia de los Muertos. This festival welcomes all and is family-friendly.

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The highlight of the Dia de los Muertos festival at Forest Park in St. Louis is a colorful, quarter-mile-long parade taking place at 5:30 pm, Saturday, Nov. 5.

But you can learn about and celebrate Latinx culture in St. Louis at the Dia de los Muertos Festival, all weekend long at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday, November 6.

This free celebration features beautifully decorated family altars representing a variety of Latin American cultural traditions, live music and dance performances, an art display, food and drink vendors, face and arm painting for kids, storytelling in Spanish, the parade, and a number of other activities for the whole family. Kids can make-and-take crafts, including calavera (skull) masks and family photo frames.

Outdoor food and drink vendors will offer tacos, baked goods from El Chico Bakery, Peruvian empanadas, alfajores, street corn, hot dogs, and non-alcoholic beverages

More information is available at

The Missouri History Museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, in St. Louis; 314-746-4599.

Here’s an article about Dia de los Muertos that Missouri Life magazine ran last year. It will give you more information and a glimpse of activities around the state, although any dates were last year.