Every year, Hollywood Forever Cemetery is filled with altars of sugar skulls and marigolds to celebrate The L.A. Day of the Dead. Los Angeles Halloween attractions are overflowing with frights and foreboding; though variety is the spice of life, so too is it abundant in the ways we connect with death. For anyone seeking something more festive than scary, and especially for aficionados of fine costumes, Day of the Dead events are not to be missed. Hollywood Forever's 18th annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival: The Legacy of Posada had something for everyone this weekend: enthralling stage performances, live music, delicious food, art displays, crafts for sale, numerous interactive altars to remember the dearly departed in our own ways, and so many wonderful costumes. The basic aesthetic for Dia De Los Muertos is calacas (skeletons) and skulls, and thousands of creative guests where there to show off what they could do with that theme.
Hollywood Forever's one-day event took place on Saturday, October 28, but the Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated from October 31 through November 2, coinciding with All Saints' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day, so other Dia De Los Muertos events are still taking place around Los Angeles. Olvera Street is holding Day of the Dead celebrations nightly though November 2nd. Get information here. And Canoga Park will be having an event on November 5th. The website is: mainstreetcanogapark.la
Those interested in attending next year's L.A. Day of the Dead should bookmark the website ladayofthedead.com. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038.