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Día De Los Muertos Celebrations In Archer Heights Will Include ‘Trunk Or Treating’ And Public Ofrenda

There will be an altar, or ofrenda, for guests to display photos of their loved ones Oct. 30.

An ofrenda honors the dead in Pilsen.
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ARCHER HEIGHTS — Festivities are planned for people in Archer Heights who want to celebrate Día de los Muertos. 

The Southwest Collective and Astrrongu Southwest Youth Council will host two events in Archer Heights. 

The first part of the celebrations is 4-6 p.m. Oct. 22 at 6500 S. Pulaski Road. The afternoon will be dedicated to making calaveras from scratch. Calaveras are skull decorations for the holiday 

The main event will take place 2-5 p.m. Oct. 30 at the United Credit Union parking lot, 4444 S. Pulaski Road.  Skull painting, face painting, frame painting and “trunk or treating” will be on the agenda, along with other cultural activities.

Masks will be required, and there will be an altar, or ofrenda, for guests to display photos of their loved ones. Music and snacks will be available.

Updates for the event can be found on Facebook.

Día de los Muertos is celebrated Oct. 31-Nov. 2 across Mexico and the United States to remember loved ones who have died. The days coincide with the Catholic holidays All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, but the holiday came out of ancient Aztec traditions.

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