DIY Gato Muertos (Day of the Dead) Costume for Women

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This Halloween I was torn between going as two of my favorite things: day of the dead skeleton or a cat (because I’m a crazy cat lady!!!) After much debate I came up with the purrfect solution: a day of the dead cat! Next became the challenging part of finding attire for my crazy and unique idea!

Gato Muertos

Online, most day of the dead costumes were extremely inappropriate – short skirts, corsets, low cut tops, etc. I wanted to bring respect to the holiday and not dress inappropriately. This was very important to me as I have great respect for dia de Los muertos. So I debated between making one from scratch as I did for costumes in years past but then I found a beautiful skeleton dress online that I fell in love with. Problem was, it was just a plain skeleton! It wasn’t very day of the dead-esque. So, I bought the dress itself then decorated it very colorfully with symbols of things I love like music and pets. (You know, in true Mexican tradition for sugar skulls.) i wanted to be as culturally accurate and sensitive to the holiday as possible to avoid any cultural appropriation and misrepresentation.

I also decorated shoes and gloves to match the dress. Next, I made a very long cat tail (store bought ones are just too tiny to be seen with the dress I had.) I also got a pair of ears and a day of the dead headband with flowers to accessorize my costume. My final touch, of course, was painting my own face (which I did different each time I wore my costume!) with beautiful colors and glitter – complete with some cat-like fake eyelashes and real whiskers! It was such a fun costume to wear and perhaps one of the best I’ve ever dawned. I received so many compliments from friends and total strangers! The best feeling was the compliment I got from a Mexican lady who sent a photo of my costume to her mother in Mexico because she thought it was so well done. That made me happy because I achieved my goal of being culturally sensitive while still rocking an amazing outfit. It is definitely going to be a keeper in my costume collection for Halloweens to come!!!

Gato Muertos

Gato Muertos

Gato Muertos

Gato Muertos

Gato Muertos costume submitted by Mary H.

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