Topek, Kan.: Washburn University will be observing Halloween and Dia de los Muertos this week with festivities that include food, arts and crafts, and games. Students, faculty and staff will be on-hand to celebrate and help with activities. Both events are free and open to the public.
Trick or Treat off the Streets and HallWUeen
When: Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Where: Washburn University Residence Halls (Trick or Treat Off The Street); Memorial Union in Washburn Rooms A and B (HallWUeen)
Details: Trick or Treat off the Streets and HallWUeen offer Washburn University students, employees and their families, and the Topeka community an opportunity for a safe and fun place to Trick or Treat for candy! Washburn students will be handing out candy to kids throughout the residence halls! HallWUeen in the Memorial Union offers a haunted maze, pumpkin and face painting, ice cream, popcorn, goodie bags, and a photo booth.
A Community Dia de los Muertos Celebration
When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: The ArtLab of the Mulvane Art Museum
Details: The Mulvane Art Museum and the Tonantzín Society present a community celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Everyone is welcome for free hands-on art activities, face painting, traditional refreshments, and games.
Participants can create their own monarchs: ancestor spirit butterflies, Calaveras: decorated skull masks, wooden spoon Calaveras, retablos: small altars of remembrance, and Flores de los Muertos: tissue paper Marigolds.
Dia de los Muertos is a two-day festival that takes place every November 1 and 2. Although most strongly identified with Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and everywhere with a Latino population.