How to Throw a Sugar Skull Decorating Party – Free Resources for Spanish Teachers

This year, for “Día de los muertos”, put the paper plates away. Thanks to, you can be out with the old and in with a sugar skull decorating party! Your students will crown you “Cool Teacher of the Year”, we promise. 

What you will need:

  • Sugar skulls – 1 for each student
  • Sugar skull themed party food
  • Sugar skull themed party music
  • Sugar skull themed party decorations
  • Ofrenda building

Sugar Skulls

I recommend creating the sugar skulls for your students. They can simply decorate them and make them their own. This is what you will need to make the sugar skulls:

  • Sugar skull molds
  • Granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Meringue powder
  • Decorations, colored tin foils, paper flowers, sequins, etc.
  • Corrugated cardboard squares, (one for each skull made)
6″ x 6″ for large skulls. 3″ x 4″ for medium and mini skulls
  • Large metal bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 cup liquid measuring cup
  • 1/4 cup dry measuring cup
  • Plastic spray bottle for water
  • Electric / stand mixer
  • 16 oz. red Solo plastic cups
  • Butter knives or tongue depressors for mixing color into icing
  • Pastry bags
  • Paper towels

For step by step instructions on how to make the sugar skulls, click here.

Sugar Skull Themed Party Food

Churros & hot chocolate is a sure way to get the party started. Here are some other ideas:

  • Tamales
  • Mexican soda like Jarritos or Mexican Coca Cola, the one with pure cane sugar!
  • Chips & Salsa
  • Flan

Sugar Skull Themed Party Music

Mexican & Salsa music is a must! Some Maná or Jaguares or you can keep it traditional and play the classic Mariachi music.

Sugar Skull Themed Party Decorations:

The best way to set the mood for this party is to decorate your classroom with skeleton “papel picado” banners. Go the extra mile and have your students create these banners. Click here for a video with step-by-step instructions.

Ofrenda Building

It would’t be a true sugar skull themed party without an ofrenda building. Make sure you have flowers, candles, photos, food, soda, or any other items. You can ask your students to bring each bring in an item for the ofrenda building.


We hope your party is a lot of fun and that your students learn something new! For more info on making sugar skulls, please visit


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