Calaca Inspired Dia de los Muertos Costumes

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Disclaimer: I am aware that the Dia de los Muertos is not just a holiday just confined to Mexico or celebrated by Latinos who aren’t just of Mexican heritage. But I have to remind viewers that this isn’t a post to give you ideas to do a Halloween costume (unless Dia de los Muertos is part of your culture and you want to save money). Dia de los Muertos is not Mexican Halloween and unless your culture celebrates the holiday, then you shouldn’t wear these costumes whether on Halloween or on any occasion. Dia de los Muertos is a time for Mexicans and people from some parts of Latin America to remember their ancestors. I understand that cultural appropriation is an American tradition and not a very good one. If your culture doesn’t celebrate Dia de los Muertos, then walking around in a Day of the Dead inspired costume for Halloween because you thought the art was cute is offensive, ignorant, disrespectful, and complicit in erasing a rich culture and identity. Painting your face with sugar skull decoration is not being cultural, it’s stupid. There’s a meaning behind sugar skulls and just because you do it doesn’t mean you understand the significance of this symbol. So please, don’t do it.

Special Disclaimer: I understand that some of these costumes may be culturally appropriated which is offensive. But since Pinterest unintentionally encourages this and I know they tend to be promoted as Halloween costumes, cultural appropriation might not be avoidable. Yet since I’m aware that blond and redheaded Hispanics do exist and that they can be of any race, distinguishing between which costumes are culturally appropriate and which are not is difficult. And you can’t always tell with a photograph. Yet, I will try my best not to be disrespectful to viewers who celebrate this holiday that they view so central to their cultural identity. And I intend not to promote them as Halloween costumes for this post. Nor do I encourage people do dress in these costumes despite having no connection to the holiday whatsoever. Just because I may show a costume post on Dia de los Muertos doesn’t mean I think these are perfectly fine for just anyone.

Aside from setting altars and visit cemeteries to honor and celebrate their dead ancestors and loved ones, it’s not unusual for those who observe Dia de los Muertos also don costumes as well as parade and dance in the streets. Yet, this tradition may not always be practiced in some places in Mexico or Latin America. But there are some areas that do. Many tend to don the calavera makeup and dress in fancy clothes in order to mock death or celebrate their deceased loved ones. For most Mexicans and other Latin Americans who celebrate the holiday, there is nothing scary about dressing up as the elegant “La Catrina” and other figures of death the holiday celebrates. Some may even wear skull shaped masks to scare the dead away. After all, death in Mexico is just part of the natural cycle of life, not something to be feared. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of richly elaborate Dia de los Muertos costumes for you to enjoy. And if your culture doesn’t celebrate the Day of the Dead, these are just for your eyes only.

  1. The makeup scheme must always match the flowers.
Well, she has a pink skull face with beautiful flowers in her hair. The clothes aren't too shabby either.

Well, she has a pink skull face with beautiful flowers in her hair. The clothes aren’t too shabby either.

2. This woman honors her dead great-grandmother by wearing her clothes.

Yes, I know she looks what you might see in a horror movie. But she's not meant to be scary. Just honoring her deceased loved ones.

Yes, I know she looks what you might see in a horror movie. But she’s not meant to be scary. Just honoring her deceased loved ones.

3. Thought you’d never see a dead lady in red before.

If it wasn't for the face paint, I would've sworn she seemed like one of those Mexican women from the Old West movies. Love the dress.

If it wasn’t for the face paint, I would’ve sworn she seemed like one of those Mexican women from the Old West movies. Love the dress.

4. These men celebrate Dia de los Muertos in their fancy hats.

Now this is a great way to mock death along with the Mexican elite who used to starve 90% of the country's population in the early 20th century. The hats and suits are spot on.

Now this is a great way to mock death along with the Mexican elite who used to starve 90% of the country’s population in the early 20th century. The hats and suits are spot on. Then again, maybe that’s another case of cultural appropriation on multiple levels.

5. Don’t forget to don the skulls and feathers.

You might see that a lot of Dia de los Muertos costumes do contain feathers and skulls on them. Then again, it's to be expected.

You might see that a lot of Dia de los Muertos costumes do contain feathers and skulls on them. Then again, it’s to be expected.

6. Sometimes a small touch up is all you need.

Seems like she has a pink shawl to match the flowers. Surely looks stunning.

Seems like she has a pink shawl to match the flowers. Surely looks stunning.

7. This skull face woman is draped with curls.

She's even wearing a white embroidered dress. Love the intricate makeup job.

She’s even wearing a white embroidered dress. Love the intricate makeup job.

8. To look at her is to see a window into your own mortality.

I understand that skeletons aren't supposed to be scary on Dia de los Muertos. But this costume is so good that it doesn't help matters.

I understand that skeletons aren’t supposed to be scary on Dia de los Muertos. But this costume is so good that it doesn’t help matters.

9. White hair is always chic on a dead woman.

I'm sure the white hair is a wig in this. But kind of reminds us that you grow old and then you die.

I’m sure the white hair is a wig in this. But kind of reminds us that you grow old and then you die.

10. A spiderweb on your forehead goes great with flowers.

Notice how she has dark circles under her eyes. Oh, wait, that's makeup, not sleep deprivation.

Notice how she has dark circles under her eyes. Oh, wait, that’s makeup, not sleep deprivation.

11. No Day of the Dead costume could be complete without an embroidered flower skirt.

Well, if it's DIY, then she must've spent a long time doing this costume. Love the rich flowery detail.

Well, if it’s DIY, then she must’ve spent a long time doing this costume. Love the rich flowery detail.

12. Hoop earrings and roses create a neat traditional look.

This woman has roses in her hair as well as an intricate skull makeup scheme. Absolutely stunning.

This woman has roses in her hair as well as an intricate skull makeup scheme. Absolutely stunning.

13. Sometimes it’s best to stick with the basics.

Well, she didn't really do too much as far as makeup goes. Yet, the lipstick provides a nice contrast.

Well, she didn’t really do too much as far as makeup goes. Yet, the lipstick provides a nice contrast.

14. It helps if you top off your look with a colorful sombrero.

Like how she used shiny face paint for her mask as we.. Love the rose design.

Like how she used shiny face paint for her mask as we.. Love the rose design.

15. On Dia de los Muertos, a bride always has her diamond rosary.

Well, she has a nice white dress with her skull makeup as well as matching flowers in her hair. Love it.

Well, she has a nice white dress with her skull makeup as well as matching flowers in her hair. Love it.

16. Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that’s been celebrated for generations.

Here we have 3 generations of a family in their skull face makeup and flowers. Two of them carry parasols in hand.

Here we have 3 generations of a family in their skull face makeup and flowers. Two of them carry parasols in hand.

17. This dead looking girl is all dressed up with no place to go.

She's also wearing a black lace veil with a white lace dress. Nevertheless, really like the flowers.

She’s also wearing a black lace veil with a white lace dress. Nevertheless, really like the flowers.

18. This man seems to have the look of death upon him.

You can even see all his teeth. Yet, this guy seems to have a rather scary touch up.

You can even see all his teeth. Yet, this guy seems to have a rather scary touch up.

19. This little girl dances in her flowery dress.

Helps she's wearing a ribbon to match her dress. Love the flowers on it, too.

Helps she’s wearing a ribbon to match her dress. Love the flowers on it, too.

20. Sometimes death can bring a dour look upon you.

Well, she has a rather rich costume with fancy black lace and all. The rose on her face seems like it's losing petals though.

Well, she has a rather rich costume with fancy black lace and all. The rose on her face seems like it’s losing petals though.

21. Perhaps a red veil can go best with the flowers.

Helps she has a string of pearls to complete the outfit. Love the makeup, too.

Helps she has a string of pearls to complete the outfit. Love the makeup, too.

22. Even a skeleton needs a fine pair of gloves at times.

Well, I said they dress up to mock death and the old Mexican elite. Love the flowery black veil.

Well, I said they dress up to mock death and the old Mexican elite. Love the flowery black veil.

23. Don’t forget to set up an altar for your loved ones on the Day of the Dead.

Well, at least there's not a lot of cultural appropriation going on here. At least the picture gets the tradition right and has some inscriptions in Spanish.

Well, at least there’s not a lot of cultural appropriation going on here. At least the picture gets the tradition right and has some inscriptions in Spanish.

24. You may see some revelers in Mexico during the Day of the Dead.

Here we have a La Catrina and a mariachi. Both seem a bit dead on the outside but are actually quite lively.

Here we have a La Catrina and a mariachi. Both seem a bit dead on the outside but are actually quite lively.

25. Skeleton makeup isn’t always confined to the face.

She even has a cross on her skull makeup. Love the roses in her hair.

She even has a cross on her skull makeup. Love the roses in her hair.

26. This little senorita is all dressed to kill.

She even has a cute little fur stole and necklaces. I think this is so adorable.

She even has a cute little fur stole and necklaces. I think this is so adorable.

27. Sometimes the skull eyes could be lined with jewels.

Of course, I'm not sure her skin is that white, given how they add photo effects. But this is stunning.

Of course, I’m not sure her skin is that white, given how they add photo effects. But this is stunning.

28. Man, does she really have her heart on display.

Funny how it's not encased in her skeleton which is normally the case. Love the flowers though.

Funny how it’s not encased in her skeleton which is normally the case. Love the flowers though.

29. This man celebrates Dia de los Muertos like he’s on of the Three Amigos.

I'm sure this guy is white and is wearing the makeup. But even I have to admire the intricate costume details.

I’m sure this guy is white and is wearing the makeup. But even I have to admire the intricate costume details.

30. This couple are dressed like they’re together in death.

Well, they're surely dressed nice. And I do like the flowers. But I sure hope they're not wearing these outfits for a Halloween party.

Well, they’re surely dressed nice. And I do like the flowers. But I sure hope they’re not wearing these outfits for a Halloween party.

31. This woman’s Dia de los Muertos costume is truly revolutionary.

Since she's dressed up as a Mexican revolutionary that got fed up with the elite back in the early 20th century. Hope those bullets aren't real.

Since she’s dressed up as a Mexican revolutionary that got fed up with the elite back in the early 20th century. Hope those bullets aren’t real.

32. Sometimes a simple white veil is all you need.

Well, she does have an intricate makeup scheme on her face despite how it makes her look like the Joker. Okay, that might be pretty insulting. Sorry about that.

Well, she does have an intricate makeup scheme on her face despite how it makes her look like the Joker. Okay, that might be pretty insulting. Sorry about that.

33. It helps if you top your costume with a fancy hat.

It's especially true if the hat has marigolds in it since they're a critical flower for Day of the Dead. Also, calla lilies also symbolize death.

It’s especially true if the hat has marigolds in it since they’re a critical flower for Day of the Dead. Also, calla lilies also symbolize death.

34. Flowers can go almost anywhere on your costume.

She seems to have roses around her dress and in her hair. By the way, this was taken by a Hispanic photographer.

She seems to have roses around her dress and in her hair. By the way, this was taken by a Hispanic photographer.

35. Who said a La Catrina can’t have purple hair?

Well, she does have a Joker like face makeup. But you have to love the flowers and the large rings.

Well, she does have a Joker like face makeup. But you have to love the flowers and the large rings.

36. At Dia de los Muertos weddings, it’s till death do they part.

Too bad they only had the bride, groom, and a bridesmaid in this photo. Would've loved to see the rest of the party.

Too bad they only had the bride, groom, and a bridesmaid in this photo. Would’ve loved to see the rest of the party.

37. Sometimes a plain, simple dress will always do fine.

This woman just wears a traditional Mexican outfit. Just a white top and green skirt.

This woman just wears a traditional Mexican outfit. Just a white top and green skirt.

38. Always have a skull mask and rose bouquet in hand.

She certainly has her outfit match her face and hair. Love the flowers.

She certainly has her outfit match her face and hair. Love the flowers.

39. Sometimes a dress in bright colors is all you need.

Yes, you might think she looks like Frida Kahlo from the costume. But that doesn't mean she's supposed to be dressed as her.

Yes, you might think she looks like Frida Kahlo from the costume. But that doesn’t mean she’s supposed to be dressed as her.

40. May you allow this gentleman to tip his hat?

At least this guy chose to wear a mask. At any rate, I do like his hat with a skull decoration.

At least this guy chose to wear a mask. At any rate, I do like his hat with a skull decoration.

41. “Well, that certainly didn’t seem dead funny to me.”

She has a nice made up face with blue around the eyes and a spiderweb. Love the rose in her hair.

She has a nice made up face with blue around the eyes and a spiderweb. Love the roses in her hair.

42. The skull face can occasionally really show up in the dark.

This one has black skull eyes and roses in her hair. But you can see her almost blend into the background.

This one has black skull eyes and roses in her hair. But you can see her almost blend into the background.

43. Here comes a skeleton bride with her veil over a crown of thorns.

Well, I have to admit how stunning this in in black and white. Love the keyhole heart on her chest as well.

Well, I have to admit how stunning this in in black and white. Love the keyhole heart on her chest as well.

44. This woman stands proud in her skull makeup and flowers.

The flowers in her hair seem to match the makeup on her face. Though her lips are in a zipper fashion.

The flowers in her hair seem to match the makeup on her face. Though her lips are in a zipper fashion.

45. This skeletal woman has absolutely nothing to hide.

Well, she's dressed in a skeletal outfit. But she has the skull face, flowers, and veil for Dia de los Muertos.

Well, she’s dressed in a skeletal outfit. But she has the skull face, flowers, and veil for Dia de los Muertos.

46. Couples always dress their finest in their skull and flower finery.

Well, I think this might be from a Dia de los Muertos in California. Yet, both wear the same kinds of flowers and other decoration.

Well, I think this might be from a Dia de los Muertos in California. Yet, both wear the same kinds of flowers and other decoration.

47. This photo surely shows that love is stronger than death.

While he has a tux, she has a rose bouquet and a longhorn necklace. Any guess they might be from the Southwest?

While he has a tux, she has a rose bouquet and a longhorn necklace. Any guess they might be from the Southwest?

48. She knows where it’s at with red and black.

She even has the bony fingers to show it. Yet, she wears roses to go with her red corset.

She even has the bony fingers to show it. Yet, she wears roses to go with her red corset.

49. Sometimes it helps if you have a showy flower headdress.

It also helps if you wear a dress of black lace since it gives a distinctive look. Still, she does seem stunning.

It also helps if you wear a dress of black lace since it gives a distinctive look. Still, she does seem stunning.

50. It’s not just hombres who don the sombreros.

This woman wears a sombrero that matches her outfit and makeup. And she has it buttoned to show some of her ribs.

This woman wears a sombrero that matches her outfit and makeup. And she has it buttoned to show some of her ribs.

51. With light colors come light flowers.

Though she wears a dress without sleeves, she seems to have a poofier skirt. Yet, the flowers match perfectly.

Though she wears a dress without sleeves, she seems to have a poofier skirt. Yet, the flowers match perfectly.

52. This little girl is dressed like she just woke from her grave.

For the record, there are Dia de los Muertos celebrations devoted to children and adult souls on separate days. Still love the flowers and lace.

For the record, there are Dia de los Muertos celebrations devoted to children and adult souls on separate days. Still love the flowers and lace.

53. This little girl comes all dressed in black.

She even has a bouquet of black flowers in her hands. Yet, the flowers she wears on her head are colorful.

She even has a bouquet of black flowers in her hands. Yet, the flowers she wears on her head are colorful.

54. Hope her sombrero isn’t too wide for your taste.

Well, it's a nice touch to her costume. Let's hope she's not wearing it for a Halloween party. Because that would be bad.

Well, it’s a nice touch to her costume. Let’s hope she’s not wearing it for a Halloween party. Because that would be bad.

55. If looks could kill, then this man has racked a high body count.

Yes, he surely seems like a debonair skeleton who might actually be a supervillan. Yet, I can't really tell from here.

Yes, he surely seems like a debonair skeleton who might actually be a supervillan. Yet, I can’t really tell from here.

56. When in doubt, you might want to decorate your face with sequins.

Well, that's a little flashy for my taste. Not sure what I think about that. Might be from a Dia de los Muertos in Vegas.

Well, that’s a little flashy for my taste. Not sure what I think about that. Might be from a Dia de los Muertos in Vegas.

57. Sometimes a mujer has to have dress to show off her top vertabrae.

This one at least has a marigold print trim on black. She even has a necklace to resemble marigolds.

This one at least has a marigold print trim on black. She even has a necklace to resemble marigolds.

58. Dia de los Muertos is a time to visit the dead where they lay.

Well, at least she's in a cemetery, perhaps to honor her dead relatives. Yet, I do like her multicolored serape.

Well, at least she’s in a cemetery, perhaps to honor her dead relatives. Yet, I do like her multicolored serape.

59. Here comes a skeletal bride with a large skirt.

She even has a white parasol to go with it. Might want to clear a path for her.

She even has a white parasol to go with it. Might want to clear a path for her.

60. Let’s hope the love never dies for these two.

This bride is surprisingly tame compared to the previous one. But she's still dressed in white lace.

This bride is surprisingly tame compared to the previous one. But she’s still dressed in white lace.

61. Best to have flowers in your hair of all different colors.

And she's sure lined her face wit quite a few of them. Still, I really like this one.

And she’s sure lined her face wit quite a few of them. Still, I really like this one.

62. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead come up to party.

Don't look now. But the guy almost seems to be close to a "stinkin' badges" stereotype. Well, as far as I'm concerned.

Don’t look now. But the guy almost seems to be close to a “stinkin’ badges” stereotype. Well, as far as I’m concerned.

63. This la Catrina is expecting you.

This is fairly close to a traditional Catrina which was a figure of Mexican satire on the upper class. And yes, she dressed like the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey.

This is fairly close to a traditional Catrina which was a figure of Mexican satire on the upper class. And yes, she dressed like the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey.

64. This man seems to have his heart turned to stone.

So does this mean he's not a guy you should associate with? Because his expression doesn't reveal that he's that kind of guy at all.

So does this mean he’s not a guy you should associate with? Because his expression doesn’t reveal that he’s that kind of guy at all.

65. Hey, look, a little mariachi boy.

He even has his own little guitar as a prop. So adorable.

He even has his own little guitar as a prop. So adorable.

66. This woman in black now takes the mic.

This one has a black dress with a rose in her hair. The mic is just a vintage touch akin to Walk the Line.

This one has a black dress with a rose in her hair. The mic is just a vintage touch akin to Walk the Line.

67. What’s bright about her costume are the marigolds in her hair.

Seems like she's wearing a shawl over her head. By the Mexican marigold was used as a medicinal plant and incense by the Aztecs.

Seems like she’s wearing a shawl over her head. By the Mexican marigold was used as a medicinal plant and incense by the Aztecs.

68. With your Day of the Dead costume, use all the flowers you want.

This woman has hers on her hair, neck, and dress. And she's all dressed in leather.

This woman has hers on her hair, neck, and dress. And she’s all dressed in leather.

69. This couple seems all flowered up.

Guy seems dressed with a powder blue tuxedo top and a string of flowers across. Woman only took to black and roses.

Guy seems dressed with a powder blue tuxedo top and a string of flowers across. Woman only took to black and roses.

70. As far a I can tell, she has the look of a goddess.

Well, an Aztec goddess if you get my drift. Of course, some might find worth sacrificing for.

Well, an Aztec goddess if you get my drift. Of course, some might find worth sacrificing for.

71. Someone seems unusually pale these days.

Yet, she decked with so many beautiful flowers that add color to her outfit. Quite stunning if you ask me.

Yet, she decked with so many beautiful flowers that add color to her outfit. Quite stunning if you ask me.

72. A lady must always have a taste in elegance.

My, does she have a huge hat. But at least it can give her plenty of shade.

My, does she have a huge hat. But at least it can give her plenty of shade.

73. This Catrina has so many flowers in all her finery.

She has flowers all over her outfit as well as inside her large black hat. And she even fans herself, too.

She has flowers all over her outfit as well as inside her large black hat. And she even fans herself, too.

74. This La Catrina has just woke up from the wrong side of the grave.

I have to admit, I really like that purple dress. Also, how this actually resembles a skeleton.

I have to admit, I really like that purple dress. Also, how this actually resembles a skeleton.

75. Anyone can look stunning in a lighter shade of red.

Sure she may wear a corset with flowers. But you have to concede that she does strike a pose.

Sure she may wear a corset with flowers. But you have to concede that she does strike a pose.

76. Of course, you could always wear a mask.

She's even dressed in traditional Victorian attire, too. Love the purple on this.

She’s even dressed in traditional Victorian attire, too. Love the purple on this.

77. My, does she have flowery eyes.

Well, her eyes are laced with gold petals. Yet, she has red flowers in her hair and an embroidered dress.

Well, her eyes are laced with gold petals. Yet, she has red flowers in her hair and an embroidered dress.

78. This little girl only has two roses in hand.

Yet, she wears some in her head to brighten up her black outfit. So adorable.

Yet, she wears some in her head to brighten up her black outfit. So adorable.

79. Seems she’s a little red around the eyes.

However, that's just the magic of makeup. Yet, I do love the roses in her hair.

However, that’s just the magic of makeup. Yet, I do love the roses in her hair.

80. Sometimes death can come out behind you when you’re not looking.

She's even wearing a colorful shirt to go with the flowers on her hair. Love the eye makeup on this.

She’s even wearing a colorful shirt to go with the flowers on her hair. Love the eye makeup on this.

81. How about 3 red roses in your hair?

Man, she seems to have a lot of paint on her and not just her face. Love the roses.

Man, she seems to have a lot of paint on her and not just her face. Love the roses.

82. My, what a lovely hat she wore.

Well, it's not a large hat but it's a fancy one nonetheless. Goes nice with her black lace dress.

Well, it’s not a large hat but it’s a fancy one nonetheless. Goes nice with her black lace dress.

83. Of course, she only shows some of her ribs.

Well, she's painted ribs on her chest. Still, like the lace jacket and flowers.

Well, she’s painted ribs on her chest. Still, like the lace jacket and flowers.

84. How about a sombrero lined with gold?

Wonder if she's worried that she'll mess her hair if she dons the sombrero. Yet, I do think it's finely embroidered.

Wonder if she’s worried that she’ll mess her hair if she dons the sombrero. Yet, I do think it’s finely embroidered.

85. Not sure about her, but she seems a bit bony if you ask me.

Well, she has a lot of skeleton makeup on her. Yet she has a black dress on to, if you look closer.

Well, she has a lot of skeleton makeup on her. Yet she has a black dress on to, if you look closer.

86. Seems like she’s had to tie up to hold herself together.

She seems to have to keep her organs contained for the moment. Yet, you have to admire her red dress.

She seems to have to keep her organs contained for the moment. Yet, you have to admire her red dress.

87. Seems like someone likes to wear the flag of Mexico.

Well, the woman at least does as well as dons a turquoise shawl. The man dresses like one of the Three Amigos.

Well, the woman at least does as well as dons a turquoise shawl. The man dresses like one of the Three Amigos.

88. I suppose she might impress the proper set.

Reminds me of a Dia de los Muertos character Tim Burton would create. This especially since I think Helen Bonham Carter wore a similar outfit in Sweeny Todd.

Reminds me of a Dia de los Muertos character Tim Burton would create. This especially since I think Helen Bonham Carter wore a similar outfit in Sweeny Todd.

89. A rose headdress surely makes an impression.

Well, the roses are certainly stunning. But the make up seems somewhat terrifying.

Well, the roses are certainly stunning. But the make up seems somewhat terrifying.

90. How about roses on your hat?

Well, she doesn't dress too badly here. Still, I think the hat goes well with her Victorian dress.

Well, she doesn’t dress too badly here. Still, I think the hat goes well with her Victorian dress.

91. Unfortunately, these well dressed women seem to be all bone.

Though the two of them seem quite lively with each other. Love their hats.

Though the two of them seem quite lively with each other. Love their hats.

92. My, she has a very colorful Chiapas dress.

Well, it's in white unlike some of the others I featured. But the embroidery really stands out.

Well, it’s in white unlike some of the others I featured. But the embroidery really stands out.

93. When you’re in a big dress, you’ll need a big flower.

She even has a big parasol with her, too. Still, the rose really catches your eye.

She even has a big parasol with her, too. Still, the rose really catches your eye.

94. Perhaps you can go to a lighter shade of blue on some occasions.

Well, these women have made up their faces to match their outfits. At least to some extent, especially the one in the middle.

Well, these women have made up their faces to match their outfits. At least to some extent, especially the one in the middle.

95. Hope she’s not laced too tightly in that corset.

Well, she seems covered in flowers and has her hair all nice. But sexy Halloween costume, it is definitely not.

Well, she seems covered in flowers and has her hair all nice. But sexy Halloween costume, it is definitely not.

96. Sometimes you’ll just need a bowtie to snazz it up.

Seems to look more like a little Jack Skellington with hair and brighter clothes. Still, this is cute.

Seems to look more like a little Jack Skellington with hair and brighter clothes. Still, this is cute.

97. Who says you can’t have Lego people join in the celebration?

Well, Lego people must exist in Mexico. Seriously, they just got to.

Well, Lego people must exist in Mexico. Seriously, they just got to.

98. This man always dresses to kill for the Dia de los Muertos procession.

Yes, he stands proud in his Mexican outfit that probably serves no practical use to him besides special occasions. Love the black.

Yes, he stands proud in his Mexican outfit that probably serves no practical use to him besides special occasions. Love the black.

99. Make sure your face paint matches your outfit.

Well, she certainly has the roses and black lace nailed. Love it.

Well, she certainly has the roses and black lace nailed. Love it.

100. Now he’s reduced to a walking, talking skeleton.

Well, at least he's wearing the cape. But it still doesn't protect him from exposing his bones.

Well, at least he’s wearing the cape. But it still doesn’t protect him from exposing his bones.

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Calavera Inspired Craft Projects for Dia de los Muertos

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As you can see, Dia de los Muertos is a huge holiday in Mexico and it should surprise nobody that you’ll find plenty of Day of the Dead decorations through Pinterest and Google Search. Contrary to popular notions, Dia de los Muertos is not Mexico’s Halloween though both holidays do have similar traditions like dressing in costumes, partying, skull decorations, and trick or treating in some regions. Of course, traditions can vary from town to town. Though I have seen it presented this way. Seriously, it’s not. Nevertheless, since Mexicans are among the largest US ethnic groups as well as among the fastest growing that some horrible orange man with straw hair wants to build a wall on the US-Mexican border. So I advise everyone not to vote this fucktard for president and stick with Hillary Clinton regardless of how you feel about her e-mails. Moving on, it’s not uncommon for many Dia de los Muertos decorations to contain skulls otherwise known as calaveras. You know the decorated sugar skulls. They also have bright flowers and other Mexican motifs. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of Day of the Dead craft projects.

  1. Sit back and relax on this Mexican chair.
I don't think this could be done from scratch. But I do admire fine embroidery craftsmanship when I see it. Lovely.

I don’t think this could be done from scratch. But I do admire fine embroidery craftsmanship when I see it. Lovely.

2. There’s nothing more fitting than a plush skull with spiderwebs in its hair.

Even has dangling bones for earrings. And the spiderwebs are all different colors.

Even has dangling bones for earrings. And the spiderwebs are all different colors.

3. This rose headband would look great on any costumed Catrina.

Yes, people dress in costumes during this holiday. But I think this flower headband is pretty.

Yes, people dress in costumes during this holiday. But I think this flower headband is pretty.

4. Keep warm this Dia de los Muertos with this colorful quilt.

And yes, it has plenty of skulls on it for your heart's heart content. In triangle and square pattern.

And yes, it has plenty of skulls on it for your heart’s heart content. In triangle and square pattern.

5. No Day of the Dead could be without this crocheted Frida Kahlo doll.

Well, that's a dead Frida amigurumi doll no doubt. But I think she's supposed to look more decomposed.

Well, that’s a dead Frida amigurumi doll no doubt. But I think she’s supposed to look more decomposed.

6. Grace your mantle with these Day of the Dead nesting dolls.

As you can see, they all have skulls on them. They also have bright colors and symbols.

As you can see, they all have skulls on them. They also have bright colors and symbols.

7. Keep warm in the cold with this crocheted skull cap.

This one has blue flowers on it. Sure it's kind of freaky but it's well suited for Day of the Dead.

This one has blue flowers on it. Sure it’s kind of freaky but it’s well suited for Day of the Dead.

8. For your beautiful houseplants, this Frida Kahlo flower pot is for you.

Notice she's not a skull in this one. Yet, she has part of her face covered in bright flowers.

Notice she’s not a skull in this one. Yet, she has part of her face covered in bright flowers.

9. Make your Dia de los Muertos festive with this deco mesh wreath.

Has a colorful skull in the middle. And yes, the colors seem festive for a time of remembrance. But this is a Mexican holiday.

Has a colorful skull in the middle. And yes, the colors seem festive for a time of remembrance. But this is a Mexican holiday.

10. Check out this sugar skull mosaic.

I'm sure the skulls used in these are fake. But this one contains eyes akin to suns.

I’m sure the skulls used in these are fake. But this one contains eyes akin to suns.

11. This stained glass skull panel is a morbid delight.

Well, it's an elaborate skull to say so myself. Love the eyes and forehead. Yes, I know a lot of these decorations contain skulls. But what do you expect?

Well, it’s an elaborate skull to say so myself. Love the eyes and forehead. Yes, I know a lot of these decorations contain skulls. But what do you expect?

12. A colorful skull mask should always have birds and flowers.

I'm not sure if it's for a costume or for hanging on a wall. Still, like the smile.

I’m not sure if it’s for a costume or for hanging on a wall. Still, like the smile.

13. Nothing makes Dia de los Muertos complete like this skeleton quilt.

Seems like it's a Mexican version of "Dumb Ways to Die." Or as they say. "Formas Estupidas Morir."

Seems like it’s a Mexican version of “Dumb Ways to Die.” Or as they say. “Formas Estupidas Morir.” Well, at least some of the patchwork scenes.

14. This mosaic skull has a butterfly in its eye.

This one is mostly lined with pink. And I think the butterfly brings a sweet touch.

This one is mostly lined with pink. And I think the butterfly brings a sweet touch.

15. Lounge outside in the fall weather with this Dia de los Muertos chair.

This one has two skeletons in love on the back. How sweet like something in a Tim Burton movie.

This one has two skeletons in love on the back. How sweet like something in a Tim Burton movie.

16. If skulls aren’t your thing, try these skeleton nesting dolls.

Well, they're just as morbid as the other set. But they seem to have a lot of colorful decor on them.

Well, they’re just as morbid as the other set. But they seem to be richly painted.

17. Try to go out in this crocheted skull cap.

This one has a rose and eyes lined with blue. Not as fancy as the other one but still just as lovely.

This one has a rose and eyes lined with blue. Not as fancy as the other one but still just as lovely.

18. Cuddle up this Dia de los Muertos with this skull quilt.

It's as colorful a skull quilt as I've seen one. Each skull is uniquely decorated in its own way.

It’s as colorful a skull quilt as I’ve seen one. Each skull is uniquely decorated in its own way.

19. Keep clean this Day of the Dead with some skull soap.

Wonder if they have some skull soap for Halloween. Bet they have but I didn't check.

Wonder if they have some skull soap for Halloween. Bet they have but I didn’t check.

20. Dia de los Muertos is always a time to wear a flowery skull pendant.

This one has a turquoise skull. Yes, I know skull jewelry is a thing according to Etsy.

This one has a turquoise skull. Yes, I know skull jewelry is a thing according to Etsy.

21. Keep your ipad secure from evil spirits with this Day of the Dead case.

This one has a skull and a jewels on the cover. Yes, I know the skull motif is a bit creepy but get used to it.

This one has a skull and a jewels on the cover. Yes, I know the skull motif is a bit creepy but get used to it.

22. Bundle up with your very own Dia de los Muertos crocheted scarf.

Consists of crocheted skulls and roses. I know they usually don't go together, except at grave sites.

Consists of crocheted skulls and roses. I know they usually don’t go together, except at grave sites.

23. Never have I saw as skull like this so richly decorated.

Yeah, you can find some unique designs like this on Pinterest. Love the hat.

Yeah, you can find some unique designs like this on Pinterest. Love the hat.

24. “Angelica, will you marry me?”

"I thought you'd never ask." Keep in mind, this display is from a craft store. So it's all good.

“I thought you’d never ask.” Keep in mind, this display is from a craft store. So it’s all good.

25. A spiderweb should always go well with roses.

This is another headband for a costume with roses, a spiderweb, and black tulle. Still, I think it's stunning.

This is another headband for a costume with roses, a spiderweb, and black tulle. Still, I think it’s stunning.

26. Be hospitable to guests with this sugar skull wreath with roses.

Yes, roses and skulls seem to go together during Dia de los Muertos. This one is a red and white variation.

Yes, roses and skulls seem to go together during Dia de los Muertos. This one is a red and white variation.

27. How about this purple mask and flowers?

Yes, there's a skeleton hand coming out of it. And teeth under the lips. But you have to expect this.

Yes, there’s a skeleton hand coming out of it. And teeth under the lips. But you have to expect this.

28. For the Day of the Dead, these skull crosses seem like holy relics.

Well, not all of these have skulls on it. One has the Virgin Mary and the other has a mermaid. Not sure why for the latter.

Well, not all of these have skulls on it. One has the Virgin Mary and the other has a mermaid. Not sure why for the latter.

29. A blue and black skull can always use some metal inlaids.

Yes, it's another mosaic skull. And yes, you'll see a lot of these. But this one really has a lot going for it.

Yes, it’s another mosaic skull. And yes, you’ll see a lot of these. But this one really has a lot going for it.

30. This skull lamp will surely light up a room.

It even has flowers in the eyes. Of course, it's from a metal shade over a light.

It even has flowers in the eyes. Of course, it’s from a metal shade over a light.

31. This crocheted garland is great over any fireplace.

Sure it contains skulls and flowers. But you can almost hang it anywhere you please. Not sure if you can use it as a scarf.

Sure it contains skulls and flowers. But you can almost hang it anywhere you please. Not sure if you can use it as a scarf.

32. I’m sure any cat lover on Dia de los Muertos would enjoy these statues.

Yes, these are cat statues painted like skeletons. They also have other animals if you're interested.

Yes, these are cat statues painted like skeletons. They also have other animals if you’re interested.

33. The light really comes out from this skull panel.

Sure it doesn't use a lot of colors. But it has a very elaborate design few could master.

Sure it doesn’t use a lot of colors. But it has a very elaborate design few could master.

34. This skull can reflect almost anything.

This mirror tiles were either from a disco ball or a cut up mirror. Still, love the pink flower eyes.

This mirror tiles were either from a disco ball or a cut up mirror. Still, love the pink flower eyes.

35. Of course, white skulls can be pretty, too if you use marble.

Sure this one may have copper teeth. But it has a lovely purple decoration. Love it.

Sure this one may have copper teeth. But it has a lovely purple decoration. Love it.

36. Skulls and flowers always make this ceramic candelabra.

I saw a few of these on Pinterest. Not sure if they're mass produced or handmade. Either way, goes on my post.

I saw a few of these on Pinterest. Not sure if they’re mass produced or handmade. Either way, goes on my post.

37. With these skull pots, you can create an interesting stack of house plants.

Yes, I've seen a few of these for other holidays. Yet, each skull pot has a unique flower in it.

Yes, I’ve seen a few of these for other holidays. Yet, each skull pot has a unique flower in it.

38. Grace your front door this Dia de los Muertos with this skull and flower wreath.

Sure it might just be a normal flower wreath without the decorated skulls. But it's nevertheless stunning.

Sure it might just be a normal flower wreath without the decorated skulls. But it’s nevertheless stunning.

39. Nothing makes Dia de los Muertos worthwhile than a colorful skull banner.

Now this is a very colorful display that seems to glow in the dark. Then again, they used a bright yellow I've seen on PennDOT uniforms.

Now this is a very colorful display that seems to glow in the dark. Then again, they used a bright yellow I’ve seen on PennDOT uniforms.

40. Of course, sometimes you might need to touch it up with a few roses.

Another mosaic skull with reflective tiles. Yet, this one has flowery, cheeks, lips, and roses.

Another mosaic skull with reflective tiles. Yet, this one has flowery, cheeks, lips, and roses.

41. This Dia de los Muertos, how about pull a chair?

This one has a skull with roses and candles. Yes, it's a morbid but stunning display on the seat.

This one has a skull with roses and candles. Yes, it’s a morbid but stunning display on the seat.

42. For wreaths on Day of the Dead, the more festive the better.

This one has skulls, flowers, ribbons, and more. What else could you want?

This one has skulls, flowers, ribbons, and more. What else could you want?

43. Remember your deceased loved ones with these Dia de los Muertos candle holders.

Each one has a decorated skull design for your desires. Of course, I'm not sure these are appropriate but what do you know?

Each one has a decorated skull design for your desires. Of course, I’m not sure these are appropriate but what do you know?

44. This skull vase is great for holding flowers.

Sure people might think you're a bit too into the Addams family. But these skulls are richly decorated for Day of the Dead.

Sure people might think you’re a bit too into the Addams family (if you’re not Mexican). But these skulls are richly decorated for Day of the Dead.

45. With this chair, you can sit on Calavera Catrina’s lap.

Yes, this is the original Calavera Catrina design. However, I do like her outrageous hat which I think goes well with her blue dress.

Yes, this is the original Calavera Catrina design. However, I do like her outrageous hat which I think goes well with her blue dress.

46. This cowboy skeleton fears nobody.

Well, I see a decorated skull biting his foot. So he shouldn't spend too much time gloating.

Well, I see a decorated skull biting his foot. So he shouldn’t spend too much time gloating.

47. You could hold these felt skulls in the palm of your hand.

They also have sequin eyes and come in variety of bright colors. Yet, not all seem to smile.

They also have sequin eyes and come in variety of bright colors. Yet, not all seem to smile.

48. Curl up on your couch with this skull pillow.

Has a lot of impressive embroidery. Love the flowery eyes and other motifs.

Has a lot of impressive embroidery. Love the flowery eyes and other motifs.

49. This tapestry makes a great Day of the Dead garden flag.

Of course, by that time of year the garden is mostly dead anyway. Or at least it's dead in my neck of the woods.

Of course, by that time of year the garden is mostly dead anyway. Or at least it’s dead in my neck of the woods.

50. This mosaic skull always looks bright in the right circumstances.

Not sure why it has clocks in its eyes. Maybe they know everything. I was just joking.

Not sure why it has clocks in its eyes. Maybe they know everything. I was just joking.

51. Sure you may have heard of a sugar skull? But have ever seen a pumpkin skull before?

Yes, I'm aware some Halloween traditions get intermeshed with Dia de los Muertos. But this is a very nice rendition. The spider, skeleton hand, and flowers is spot on.

Yes, I’m aware some Halloween traditions get intermeshed with Dia de los Muertos. But this is a very nice rendition. The spider, skeleton hand, and flowers is spot on.

52. On the Day of the Dead, a skull sampler is always most becoming.

However, it'll take more work than if it's just for Halloween. Of course, you can use this one for Halloween, too.

However, it’ll take more work than if it’s just for Halloween. Of course, you can use this one for Halloween, too.

53. Guess you can never come across a wooden skull panel like this.

Well, it's on a square panel with a skull painted on it. But I do love the purple flower eyes.

Well, it’s on a square panel with a skull painted on it. But I do love the purple flower eyes.

54. You can never overdo the orange flowers with this wreath.

This one has so many decorations going for it. Love the skull with heart eyes and veil.

This one has so many decorations going for it. Love the skull with heart eyes and veil.

55. Dress in style this Dia de los Muertos with these beaded skull earrings.

The flowers are beaded. The skulls aren't. But I don't think they go with the pendant I showed earlier.

The flowers are beaded. The skulls aren’t. But I don’t think they go with the pendant I showed earlier.

56. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with this skeletal flamingo in your yard.

I'm sure there are plenty of Mexicans who live in Florida. Since it would be a perfect lawn decoration for them this time of year.

I’m sure there are plenty of Mexicans who live in Florida. Since it would be a perfect lawn decoration for them this time of year.

57. Never thought I’d ever see a sugar skull jack-o-lantern before.

Well, these only have only the eyes and nose carved out. I guess they were painted before they met the knife.

Well, these only have only the eyes and nose carved out. I guess they were painted before they met the knife.

58. This skull stained glass mosaic panel is great for any window.

Might freak out some of the neighbors in the process. But it certainly has an intricate design.

Might freak out some of the neighbors in the process. But it certainly has an intricate design.

59. This skull suncatcher seems content with nature.

This one has roses with a butterfly. Not very decorative but surely fitting.

This one has roses with a butterfly. Not very decorative but surely fitting.

60. This shiny skull mosaic bears a nice, shiny cross.

Well, Dia de los Muertos does have some religious elements in it. But these tiles seem highly reflective if you ask me.

Well, Dia de los Muertos does have some religious elements in it. But these tiles seem highly reflective if you ask me.

61. With these Dia de los Muertos earrings and necklace, you’ll be talk of the town.

Contains roses as well as beads in rainbow colors. Yes, seems morbid but we're talking about a holiday centering around death here.

Contains roses as well as beads in rainbow colors. Yes, seems morbid but we’re talking about a holiday centering around death here.

62. Honor your loved ones this Day of the Dead with this colorful inviting shrine.

Seems like it was straight out of IKEA before being brightly painted. Of course, there are skulls on the border.

Seems like it was straight out of IKEA before being brightly painted. Of course, there are skulls on the border.

63. Keep almost anything safe with these skull bottles or dispensers.

From how I see it, they look like soap dispensers to me. Colorful skulls but soap dispensers nevertheless.

From how I see it, they look like soap dispensers to me. Colorful skulls but soap dispensers nevertheless.

64. This colorful skull lamp would certainly wow visitors.

This one even has crazy eyes to hypnotize. Still, love the flowers.

This one even has crazy eyes to hypnotize. Still, love the flowers.

65. Don’t like wreaths? Hope this Catrina hanging suits your fancy.

This may be of Frida Kahlo but I'm not really sure. Sometimes it's hard to tell by the skull alone.

This may be of Frida Kahlo but I’m not really sure. Sometimes it’s hard to tell by the skull alone.

66. This skull wreath is all full with ribbons.

Well, it has ribbons, all right. And it's surely festive even with the skull in the center.

Well, it has ribbons, all right. And it’s surely festive even with the skull in the center.

67. Delight your guests this Dia de los Muertos with these skull dishes.

This set features a man, woman, dog and cat. Woman has marigolds for hair and a butterfly decoration.

This set features a man, woman, dog and cat. Woman has marigolds for hair and a butterfly decoration.

68. In this felt sampler, this skull has a rainbow headdress of flowers and grapes.

Well, the colors aren't in order, but still. Again, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be Frida Kahlo since she appears a lot in these decorations.

Well, the colors aren’t in order, but still. Again, I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be Frida Kahlo since she appears a lot in these decorations.

69. Never saw such a fine skull mask like this before.

So I guess this one is for hanging. Still, love the pearly whites and the bejeweled eye sockets. Very classy.

So I guess this one is for hanging. Still, love the pearly whites and the bejeweled eye sockets. Very classy.

70. Keep your belongings secure with this little coffin box.

And the one for the Day of the Dead gets a very flowery finish. Love the pink flowery border on this. Stunning.

And the one for the Day of the Dead gets a very flowery finish. Love the pink flowery border on this. Stunning.

71. Dazzle everyone with this flowery Dia de los Muertos necklace.

Has a skull in the center but flowers all over the place. Hope it doesn't weigh anyone down.

Has a skull in the center but flowers all over the place. Hope it doesn’t weigh anyone down.

72. This skull bottle lamp can change in to many different colors.

Well, as far as Pinterest is concerned. But I have some idea, that there's something funky going on inside.

Well, as far as Pinterest is concerned. But I have some idea, that there’s something funky going on inside.

73. This owl eyed skull jack-o-lantern is a real hoot.

Okay, it may not be an owl since I saw it had teeth which owls don't have. But the eyes and nose sure made me think that.

Okay, it may not be an owl since I saw it had teeth which owls don’t have. But the eyes and nose sure made me think that.

74. This white skull chair has a few flowery touches.

This is contrary to the black one we saw before. Still, you have to admire the fine paint job.

This is contrary to the black one we saw before. Still, you have to admire the fine paint job.

75. This skull scarf will keep you warm in the dead of fall.

Contains all the skulls and flowers for your desires. And in a black background for added morbidity.

Contains all the skulls and flowers for your desires. And in a black background for added morbidity.

76. Bet you’d want to cuddle with this skull pillow.

Well, this one is in a skull shape. Contains a purple cross and pink flower eyes.

Well, this one is in a skull shape. Contains a purple cross and pink flower eyes.

77. Perhaps you might want to take a cup and stay awhile.

Seems like these skull mugs almost give the word a whole new meaning. Like the one with the sacred heart.

Seems like these skull mugs almost give the word a whole new meaning. Like the one with the sacred heart.

78. Serve a drink at your Dia de los Muertos party with this mosaic bottle.

I had one featured in my Cinco de Mayo craft post in April. But not nearly as colorful as this one.

I had one featured in my Cinco de Mayo craft post in April. But not nearly as colorful as this one.

79. Never came across a skull mosaic with porcelain flower eyes before.

OR a nose for that matter. Yes, some of these skulls can be very elaborate if you use the right tiles.

OR a nose for that matter. Yes, some of these skulls can be very elaborate if you use the right tiles.

80. Sometimes a partial mask can be better than the full face.

Even a partial mask can contain skull eyes and a skull nose. The flower is a great touch.

Even a partial mask can contain skull eyes and a skull nose. The flower is a great touch.

81. Hey, is that a skeletal mariachi band?

You may not hear any music from these guys. But they sure make a great lawn decoration trio.

You may not hear any music from these guys. But they sure make a great lawn decoration trio.

82. This skull necklace is almost to die for on Dia de los Muertos.

Again, I almost thought this was an owl due to the big yes. And maybe it is. But now I don't think so.

Again, I almost thought this was an owl due to the big yes. And maybe it is. But now I don’t think so.

83. For double glass doors, these colorful skull wreaths are perfect.

As far as I can tell, they seem to come in a set. Still, you can't help but adore them.

As far as I can tell, they seem to come in a set. Still, you can’t help but adore them.

84. If you’re serving tea or hot water, here’s the perfect pot for you.

Yes, this is a pottery tea pot or kettle. And it has a skull design to fit with the occasion.

Yes, this is a pottery tea pot or kettle. And it has a skull design to fit with the occasion.

85. These turquoise skull and rose earrings are surely a delight.

If these skulls were surrounded by other flowers, they'd be perfect with the pendant necklace. But they don't. Then again, sometimes it's best to be simple.

If these skulls were surrounded by other flowers, they’d be perfect with the pendant necklace. But they don’t. Then again, sometimes it’s best to be simple.

86. This mosaic Frida Kahlo skull is a work of a true artist.

Like Frida Kahlo was herself. At least I could tell it's here here. Love the earrings.

Like Frida Kahlo was herself. At least I could tell it’s here here. Love the earrings.

87. This Mexican chair is loaded with colors and birds.

It has two peacocks on the seat. Not to mention, even the chair back and legs are painted in bright colors.

It has two peacocks on the seat. Not to mention, even the chair back and legs are painted in bright colors.

88. A mosaic skull could never have too many flowers.

This one has flowers almost everywhere. It even has roses on the forehead.

This one has flowers almost everywhere. It even has roses on the forehead.

89. This owl skeleton figure is especially flowery.

See, I told you they had other animals. And I definitely know this is an owl.

See, I told you they had other animals. And I definitely know this is an owl.

90. For a more elaborate display, you can’t go wrong with this skull headdress.

Might make people scratch their heads. But I'm sure it'll go well with whatever dress you pick.

Might make people scratch their heads. But I’m sure it’ll go well with whatever dress you pick.

91. For a more simple look, this skull wreath comes with a few homey touches.

Well, it only has a few skulls on it along with some flowers. But I do think it goes great with any front door.

Well, it only has a few skulls on it along with some flowers. But I do think it goes great with any front door.

92. This dancing skeleton quilt will sure make things lively at your home.

Yeah, you see a lot of skeletons depicted this way this time of year. Of course, what do you expect?

Yeah, you see a lot of skeletons depicted this way this time of year. Of course, what do you expect?

93. For a morbid hair piece, these skull flowers will satisfy.

And I'm sure they will on Dia de los Muertos. Available in 7 different colors.

And I’m sure they will on Dia de los Muertos. Available in 7 different colors.

94. This skull pillow and rug always go hand in hand.

Doesn't hurt they're both crocheted in the same pattern. As far as I can tell.

Doesn’t hurt they’re both crocheted in the same pattern. As far as I can tell.

95. For a more flowery cross, these may strike your fancy.

Available in several bright colors. Each one also has flowers, too.

Available in several bright colors. Each one also has flowers, too.

96. Hope your little one has hours of fun on this skeletal rocking horse.

Okay, that's pretty clever and creative. Love how the bones are painted.

Okay, that’s pretty clever and creative. Love how the bones are painted.

97. Raise a glass to your deceased loved ones with these skull wine glasses.

I'm sure these are only just for decoration. Still, they come in a wide variety of colors.

I’m sure these are only just for decoration. Still, they come in a wide variety of colors.

98. This turquoise rose and skull bracelet is all the rage on Dia de los Muertos.

This one goes with the turquoise skull and rose earrings. So I had to include it.

This one goes with the turquoise skull and rose earrings. So I had to include it.

99. For a mask like this one, you’d almost mistake it for a masterpiece.

This one is painted like a skull with a wide array of purple feathers and flowers. Like the purple butterfly.

This one is painted like a skull with a wide array of purple flowers. Like the purple butterfly.

100. With this skull lounge chair, you can lounge around like there’s no tomorrow.

Yes, this skull lounge chair is more decorated than it's Halloween counterpart. But it still has the skull eyes and nose.

Yes, this skull lounge chair is more decorated than it’s Halloween counterpart. But it still has the skull eyes and nose.

Day of the Dead Worthy Treats for Dia de los Muertos

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Around the same time as Halloween, there is Dia de los Muertos in Mexico which unlike Cinco de Mayo is actually a holiday Mexicans celebrate. However, since I’m more focused on Halloween posts this time of year, I usually tend to skip it. But since the US has so many Mexicans living the country, I think I should acknowledge this occasion. Anyway, Dia de los Muertos is a 3 day holiday from October 31 to November 2 when family and friends gather to pray for and remember loved ones who have died and help support their spiritual journey.In Mexico, this is a public holiday as well as was inscribed by UNESCO in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. However, what you may not know that it’s a blend of the the Catholic feast of All Saints and Souls, Halloween, and an Aztec celebration that used to take place in the beginning of summer that was dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Traditions include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and their favorite foods and beverages, as well as visiting graves with these gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased, too. Sometimes there are parties and processions as well, which is where I come in. There are even people who dress in costumes. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of treats pertaining to the Day of the Dead.

  1. Skull cookies always are great on any Day of the Dead dessert platter.
A lot of these treats featured in this post will have decorated skulls on them. These are in multiple colors.

A lot of these treats featured in this post will have decorated skulls on them. These are in multiple colors.

2. Take a bite out of these skull cupcakes.

These ones seem to be covered in flowers. They also seem quite cute, which is kind of disturbing.

These ones seem to be covered in flowers. They also seem quite cute, which is kind of disturbing.

3. No Dia de los Muertos party is a hit without this skull cake.

Well, this one has pink flowers on it. Not sure what to think about the teeth.

Well, this one has pink flowers on it. Not sure what to think about the teeth.

4. No Dia de los Muertos cake is complete without a dead flower girl.

I think this is supposed to be a cutesy rendition of La Calavera Catrina. More on her later.

I think this is supposed to be a cutesy rendition of La Calavera Catrina. More on her later.

5. This Day of the Dead cake is quite two faced.

Though once a figure of political satire, La Calavera Catrina may have been inspired by the Aztec Mictecacihuatl, Lady of the Dead and Keeper of Bones. She also has roots in the Spanish Dance of Death.

Though once a figure of political satire, La Calavera Catrina may have been inspired by the Aztec Mictecacihuatl, Lady of the Dead and Keeper of Bones. She also has roots in the Spanish Dance of Death.

6. These little skull cupcakes are worth dying for.

Seem quite adorable for an image that pertains to death. Love the flowers and icing though.

Seem quite adorable for an image that pertains to death. Love the flowers and icing though.

7. Each skull cookie can have its unique design.

Guess these were professionally made. And each seems unique in its own way.

Guess these were professionally made. And each seems unique in its own way.

8. For a flowery touch, go with some cactus cupcakes.

Well, I can't have them all be skulls. Besides, cacti grow in Mexico so I'm sure these are appropriate.

Well, I can’t have them all be skulls. Besides, cacti grow in Mexico so I’m sure these are appropriate.

9. Sometimes a skull cake just needs the right hat.

There are even skulls on the top and the sides. Yes, it's a really dead cake for a dead celebration.

There are even skulls on the top and the sides. Yes, it’s a really dead cake for a dead celebration.

10. On the Day of the Dead, fiesta colors are always great with skulls.

Then again, Mexicans usually prefer bright colors anyway. Though each skull is unique in it's own way while the icing is in pink, yellow, and cyan.

Then again, Mexicans usually prefer bright colors anyway. Though each skull is unique in it’s own way while the icing is in pink, yellow, and cyan.

11. Sometimes a purple skull cake is a real treat.

Yes, it looks quite morbid as most of these treats go. But since I love purple, I find it hard to resist.

Yes, it looks quite morbid as most of these treats go. But since I love purple, I find it hard to resist.

12. Even chocolate skull cookies can be a tasty treat.

Wonder how long it took to decorate these. My guess is that they were professionally made. Hope they're delicious.

Wonder how long it took to decorate these. My guess is that they were professionally made. Hope they’re delicious.

13. You can’t go wrong with this Skull Rice Krispie cake on your dessert platter.

Doesn't hurt that it's decorated with candy like Smarties and gumdrops. Though they're not the most edible decorations around.

Doesn’t hurt that it’s decorated with candy like Smarties and gumdrops. Though they’re not the most edible decorations around.

14. This skull cake comes in its bejeweled glory.

Either those pieces are candy or are merely inedible. I don't know which.

Either those pieces are candy or are merely inedible. I don’t know which.

15. Want to bite into these sugar skull chocolate brownies?

Well, they may not be colorful. But they're sure as decorative as the other skulls on here.

Well, they may not be colorful. But they’re sure as decorative as the other skulls on here.

16. Have you ever sat through a skeleton serenade.

Like how he has spiky hair and a flowery guitar. Also, love the flowers.

Like how he has spiky hair and a flowery guitar. Also, love the flowers.

17. Heard of a gingerbread man? How about a gingerbread skeleton?

This one even has flowers and well decorated bones. And I make no bones about that.

This one even has flowers and well decorated bones. And I make no bones about that.

18. Skull cookies can also be as dazzling in black and white.

Yet, I'm not sure if these professionally made cookies come cheap either. But they're just as elaborate.

Yet, I’m not sure if these professionally made cookies come cheap either. But they’re just as elaborate.

19. A skull cake should always have flowers.

Don't forget the red eyes, too, which might make it creepier. Could you imagine eating a cake like this?

Don’t forget the red eyes, too, which might make it creepier. Could you imagine eating a cake like this?

20. If you like cats, I have just the cookie for you.

Yes, this is a skeleton cat cookie. And yes, it has a multi-colored rib cage. Don't ask me about it. I wasn't consulted.

Yes, this is a skeleton cat cookie. And yes, it has a multi-colored rib cage. Don’t ask me about it. I wasn’t consulted.

21. Grace your fiesta platter with these gingerbread skull cookies.

I guess these go with the other gingerbread skeleton cookies. Love how each one is decorated though.

I guess these go with the other gingerbread skeleton cookies. Love how each one is decorated though.

22. This purple skull cake comes with purple flowers.

Also comes with flowery eyes and purple ribbons. Though I wouldn't want to eat the ribbons.

Also comes with flowery eyes and purple ribbons. Though I wouldn’t want to eat the ribbons.

23. To go with a Dia de los Muertos skull cake, check out these cake pops.

Yes, these are skull cake pops with roses in them. But each of them sure look just as lovely.

Yes, these are skull cake pops with roses in them. But each of them sure look just as lovely.

24. This Calavera Catrina cake comes with flowery eyes.

Kind of resembles a Mexican Tim Burton character. Love the skirt.

Kind of resembles a Mexican Tim Burton character. Love the skirt.

25. Of course, these skull cupcakes shall do quite nicely on any dessert platter.

Well, they do have all the flowery trimmings. But not all the skulls are decorated.

Well, they do have all the flowery trimmings. But not all the skulls are decorated.

26. This flowery skull cake can almost be considered a work of art.

Well, I do love the purple flower eyes on this one. Also think the rose is ornately painted.

Well, I do love the purple flower eyes on this one. Also think the rose is ornately painted.

27. How about a skull cake in blue?

Well, this one seems really unique. The purple teeth and green flower eyes sure are creepy.

Well, this one seems really unique. The purple teeth and green flower eyes sure are creepy.

28. Nothing makes Day of the Dead like these sugar skull marshmallows.

Wonder how people decorate these. I mean it can't be easy to put icing on a marshmallow like that.

Wonder how people decorate these. I mean it can’t be easy to put icing on a marshmallow like that.

29. For your Dia de los Muertos party, you can’t go wrong with these skull pizzas.

These are covered in tomato sauce and cheese with veggie features. Bet you can't resist these.

These are covered in tomato sauce and cheese with veggie features. Bet you can’t resist these.

30. For lunch on Day of a Dead, take a bite out of this skull sandwich.

The jelly on this one makes it look a bit bloody. But I love how they used seeds for the features.

The jelly on this one makes it look a bit bloody. But I love how they used seeds for the features.

31. Of course, some cakes go over the top.

Now this one may be festive but it's just so outlandish. Bet it didn't come cheap.

Now this one may be festive but it’s just so outlandish. Bet it didn’t come cheap.

32. These Hello Kitty Dia de los Muertos cookies are a real treat.

Yes, these do exist. And yes, many will find them adorable. Not sure about the witch hat though.

Yes, these do exist. And yes, many will find them adorable. Not sure about the witch hat though.

33. Nothing makes your Day of the Dead party a hit like these brownie bites.

Some of these have skulls on them. Some of them have bones. What you choose is up to you.

Some of these have skulls on them. Some of them have bones. What you choose is up to you.

34. If you love the Day of the Dead, then you’ll enjoy these apple and cheese empanadas.

Guess these are small apple pies. Like how this skull one has heart eyes.

Guess these are small apple pies. Like how this skull one has heart eyes.

35. Heard of candy apples? How about candy apple skulls?

Well, that's one unique way to decorate a skull besides cakes and cupcakes. Beautifully painted.

Well, that’s one unique way to decorate a skull besides cakes and cupcakes. Beautifully painted.

36. This skull cake is all flowered out.

Guess this was made at a professional bakery and didn't come cheap. Love the flower eyes and wreath.

Guess this was made at a professional bakery and didn’t come cheap. Love the flower eyes and wreath.

37. These cactus cupcakes come in all shapes and sizes.

Well, one of them is a rose but that's beside the point. Yet, you see what I mean.

Well, one of them is a rose but that’s beside the point. Yet, you see what I mean.

38. These Day of the Dead owl cookies will surely be a hoot.

Doesn't hurt that they're chocolate either. Still, don't know what owls have to do with the holiday but I like them.

Doesn’t hurt that they’re chocolate either. Still, don’t know what owls have to do with the holiday but I like them.

39. Sometimes it’s best to go with a simple skull head flower girl.

Well, she is surrounded by skulls but she's not supposed to be scary. Actually quite adorable to tell you the truth.

Well, she is surrounded by skulls but she’s not supposed to be scary. Actually quite adorable to tell you the truth.

40. If you can’t use icing on your cupcakes, sprinkles is the way to go.

After all, you can't paint these sugar skulls. But they nevertheless look festive.

After all, you can’t paint these sugar skulls. But they nevertheless look festive.

41. For simple treats, go with these skull Rice Krispie pops.

Each of these has a skull with a flower on it. Includes butterfly bites.

Each of these has a skull with a flower on it. Includes butterfly bites.

42. This Calavera Catrina Frida Kahlo cake is a work of art.

Frida Kahlo was an iconic Mexican artist who painted surreal self portraits. This is a fitting tribute to her.

Frida Kahlo was an iconic Mexican artist who painted surreal self portraits. This is a fitting tribute to her.

43. Never seen an intricate gingerbread skeleton like that before.

This one is even more elaborate and colorful than the other one. Even has a gold tooth to boot.

This one is even more elaborate and colorful than the other one. Even has a gold tooth to boot.

44. Always keep your sugar skull cookies uniquely decorated.

Though I think these are by a professional decorator. Honestly, someone must spend a lot of time on these.

Though I think these are by a professional decorator. Honestly, someone must spend a lot of time on these.

45. No nino could ever resist this Dia de los Muertos lunch.

Well, it has a skull cookie and some skull treats. However, let's get this straight, Dia de los Muertos isn't Mexican Halloween.

Well, it has a skull cookie and some skull treats. However, let’s get this straight, Dia de los Muertos isn’t Mexican Halloween.

46. Sometimes a simple skull cake is best.

This one uses candy and icing decorations. It's also among the most doable cake on this list.

This one uses candy and icing decorations. It’s also among the most doable cake on this list.

47. For your Dia de los Muertos, you can’t resist this kind of bread.

Well, this is Pan de Muertos or "bread of the dead." Not sure what it's used for. But I do like these bread figures.

Well, this is Pan de Muertos or “bread of the dead.” Not sure what it’s used for. But I do like these bread figures.

48. How about a skull cake encased in a coffin?

Even has cherries on the edges. Kind of morbid yet, kind of creative if you ask me.

Even has cherries on the edges. Kind of morbid yet, kind of creative if you ask me.

49. There’s nothing more Mexican at a Dia de los Muertos party like a sugar skull hummus.

Even includes vegetables as well as blue nachos to dip in. One of the most elaborate hummus displays I've seen.

Even includes vegetables as well as blue nachos to dip in. One of the most elaborate hummus displays I’ve seen.

50. These skull cake pops come with interesting attributes.

Some come with flowers. Some come with mustaches. Yet, most come with icing decor.

Some come with flowers. Some come with mustaches. Yet, most come with icing decor.

51. Impress your guests on Dia de los Muertos with this sugar skull bread.

It's kind of like the pizza one except it has no tomato sauce. But includes plenty of peppers.

It’s kind of like the pizza one except it has no tomato sauce. But includes plenty of peppers.

52. This skull cakes seems rather fruity to me.

And boy, does it use a variety, too. Even has a fruit frame to go with it.

And boy, does it use a variety, too. Even has a fruit frame to go with it.

53. Wish your guests un feliz Dia de los Muertos con estes cookies.

I don't know the Spanis word for cookie. But I do love how these are decorated.

I don’t know the Spanis word for cookie. But I do love how these are decorated.

54. When it comes to flowers, sometimes less is more.

Here we have another doable skull cake. Can also double as a Halloween cake. Then again, so can most of these treats.

Here we have another doable skull cake. Can also double as a Halloween cake. Then again, so can most of these treats.

55. This sugar skull pizza has all the toppings.

Indeed like pepperoni and veggies galore. Like the eyes and mouth.

Indeed like pepperoni and veggies galore. Like the eyes and mouth.

56. A skull cake like this comes with blue, yellow, and green flowers.

This seems somewhat toned down compared to some of the other ones. Still, the green teeth is kind of disgusting.

This seems somewhat toned down compared to some of the other ones. Still, the green teeth is kind of disgusting.

57. Sometimes the skulls can just be among the trimmings.

Like you see on this cake, which wouldn't be for Dia de los Muertos without them. Still, love the flowers.

Like you see on this cake, which wouldn’t be for Dia de los Muertos without them. Still, love the flowers.

58. You never know how elaborate a skull could be on a cake.

I think this one is for a birthday. Yet, I do like the pink flowery touches.

I think this one is for a birthday. Yet, I do like the pink flowery touches.

59. Yellow skulls and black flowers show up well in black.

This might be a wedding cake or for a birthday. I can't tell which. But I guess the ornate decor doesn't come cheap.

This might be a wedding cake or for a birthday. I can’t tell which. But I guess the ornate decor doesn’t come cheap.

60. These Oreo skulls always make tasty treats.

You almost don't want to eat them with their adorable faces. But since they're Oreos, how can you resist?

You almost don’t want to eat them with their adorable faces. But since they’re Oreos, how can you resist?

61. From the faces, these Dia de los Muertos cookies almost seem like works of art.

Some of the faces seem kind of creepy if you ask me. Includes orange flowers and butterflies.

Some of the faces seem kind of creepy if you ask me. Includes orange flowers and butterflies.

62. Sugar skulls can also take a chocolate form.

Yes, these do exist. And you can buy them in Mexico during this time of year as well.

Yes, these do exist. And you can buy them in Mexico during this time of year as well.

63. For healthier options, try a skull salad.

This treat article doesn't seem to have a lot of healthy stuff in it. Then again, sometimes you have to go with what you have.

This treat article doesn’t seem to have a lot of healthy stuff in it. Then again, sometimes you have to go with what you have.

64. Take a bite out of these sugar skull Rice Krispie treats.

Well, each seem to be bite sized and decorated. But they're nevertheless adorable.

Well, each seem to be bite sized and decorated. But they’re nevertheless adorable.

65. These sugar skull cake pops would do quite nicely on any Day of the Dead dessert platter.

These seem a bit more painted than the other ones. They also seem to look less like skulls.

These seem a bit more painted than the other ones. They also seem to look less like skulls.

66. These Frida Kahlo Oreos are an artist’s delight.

Strangely, her art might seem appropriate for the Mexican holiday as well. These are perfect with the Frida Kahlo cake.

Strangely, her art might seem appropriate for the Mexican holiday as well. These are perfect with the Frida Kahlo cake.

67. These skull candy apples come Disney approved.

Yes, these are Mickey and Minnie Mouse skull candy apples. Disney isn't just popular in the states, you know.

Yes, these are Mickey and Minnie Mouse skull candy apples. Disney isn’t just popular in the states, you know.

68. A Day of the Dead fiesta always needs a cake like this.

Has decor and flowers near the top and middle. Yet, the skulls are on the bottom, instead of what's featured.

Has decor and flowers near the top and middle. Yet, the skulls are on the bottom, instead of what’s featured.

69. There’s nothing more flowery than this Day of the Dead skull cake.

Well, the flowers are all over the skull in this one. But I can't help but adore it.

Well, the flowers are all over the skull in this one. But I can’t help but adore it.

70. Of course, no Day of the Dead party can ever be without a Catrina cake.

Well, this is an older rendition of Catrina. But she really knows how to buy a hat.

Well, this is an older rendition of Catrina. But she really knows how to buy a hat.

71. These sugar skull and cross bone cookies shall delight.

I guess these are for the Mexican pirates in your life. Then again, I'm kidding around.

I guess these are for the Mexican pirates in your life. Then again, I’m kidding around.

72. This skull cake comes with a cameo.

Just not the one Stan Lee makes in the Marvel movies. It's a kind of jewelry pendant.

Just not the one Stan Lee makes in the Marvel movies. It’s a kind of jewelry pendant.

73. Sometimes you don’t have to ice the skulls before you decorate them.

Well, as far as these sugar cookies are concerned. Yet, I guess these were made by a professional.

Well, as far as these sugar cookies are concerned. Yet, I guess these were made by a professional.

74. Don’t like sugar skulls? How about flowers?

This one is a Mexican flower cake with pots. And yes, this doesn't come cheap as well as is over the top.

This one is a Mexican flower cake with pots. And yes, this doesn’t come cheap as well as is over the top.

75. This cake has a girl on top of a hat.

Even has a heart flower wreath as well. Professionally made but I like it.

Even has a heart flower wreath as well. Professionally made but I like it.

76. Decorating these cookies requires a delicate touch.

Yes, I'm sure these require considerable time and patience fore each detail. If you mess up, you might be done.

Yes, I’m sure these require considerable time and patience fore each detail. If you mess up, you might be done.

77. Cat lovers would always want a cake like this for their Day of the Dead party.

Yes, this is a cat skeleton cake. Don't ask me how it was made. But I'm sure you can't eat the flowers.

Yes, this is a cat skeleton cake. Don’t ask me how it was made. But I’m sure you can’t eat the flowers.

78. Sometimes the most artistic skulls are done on sheet cake.

This one really brings out the colors. Not sure if a regular decorator can pull this of. But wow.

This one really brings out the colors. Not sure if a regular decorator can pull this of. But wow.

79. For Dia de los Muertos, bet you never saw such a spectacular cake like this.

This is a wedding cake and a very expensive one at that. Contains skulls, flowers, and birds galore.

This is a wedding cake and a very expensive one at that. Contains skulls, flowers, and birds galore.

80. Sometimes a simple cake design might just do the trick.

Sure it doesn't have skulls on it. But it has flowers and hearts just the same. Love it.

Sure it doesn’t have skulls on it. But it has flowers and hearts just the same. Love it.

Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

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When the federal minimum wage law was signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1938, it was meant to keep America’s workers out of poverty and increase consumer spending in order to stimulate the economy. Since then the federal minimum wage has been increased 22 times with its current value at $7.25 an hour. However, it is a poverty wage which doesn’t keep people from being poor nor has it kept up with the US cost of living. In fact, it’s said a full time job on $7.25 an hour can’t even support even the basic living essentials in all 50 states. Nevertheless, campaigns to raise the minimum wage have recently been gaining momentum across the country ranging from ballot initiatives to grass organizing to major legislative efforts in states and localities. Many have achieved some degree of success. Yet, at Capitol Hill, proposals to raise the minimum wage have gone nowhere, despite widespread popular support across party lines as well as economists. As for me, I feel that not only should the federal minimum wage be increased, it should also be adjust automatically to keep pace with cost of living that doesn’t exempt tipped workers and the disabled. While I do not believe raising the minimum wage would relieve poverty even at $15 an hour, I feel that it’s good responsible policy as well as the right thing to do.

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This graph from the Department of Labor illustrates how the minimum wage has fallen by a third since 1968. If it was automatically adjusted for inflation from that time on, the minimum wage today would at least be $11 an hour.

  1. The Minimum Wage Is an Arbitrary Value-The only good explanation as to why the minimum wage is a poverty wage is mostly due to increases requiring approval by Congress and it doesn’t keep pace with inflation or rising costs of living. This is why the new minimum wage value usually falls from the moment it’s set. The federal minimum wage today is $7.25 per hour. Does it mean it’s higher than it used to be? In terms of real dollars, yes. But in terms of buying power, no. When adjusted for inflation, the current federal minimum wage would need to be more than $8 per hour to equal its buying power in the early 1980s and nearly more than $11 per hour to equal its buying power of the late 1960s. For tipped workers, it’s $2.13 an hour which has remained unchanged for over 25 years. In other words, why the current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour has nothing to do with inflation adjustments. Because despite minimum wage increases, its buying power has dropped and keeps falling. Though President Obama has argued for the minimum wage to increase automatically with inflation which can eliminate requirements for formal congressional action, reduce time between increases, and better help low-income families keep up with rising prices. There’s even a bill called The Raise the Wage Act proposed by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Bobby C. Scott proposing to do just that along with raising the wage to $12 an hour by 2020 as well as set automatic increases starting in 2021 and eliminate the unfair subminimum tipped wage of $2.13 an hour. It’s a policy that makes far better sense the current one. Some states have also enacted rules to do the same thing. So why is the federal minimum wage a paltry $7.25 per hour? Well, since increasing it requires congressional approval, I think it has more to do with politics and employer preference for cheap labor. In other words, it’s an arbitrary value.

2. Most Minimum Wage Jobs Can’t Be Outsourced – While conservatives often argue that raising the minimum wage will lead many people to lose their jobs, we need to understand that most minimum wage jobs are in the service industry. Unlike jobs in manufacturing, it’s unlikely most of them could ever be outsourced overseas with globalization. Besides, when we’re talking about minimum wage employees, their pay has nothing to do with international competition. Because they’re not engaged in the export sector. Competition in the service industry is mostly domestic and localized as well as staffed by local workers and serving a local customer base. In other words, service jobs be in a specific location. The biggest threats to pay in service sectors aren’t foreign countries known for human rights violations but large multinational corporate chains who treat their employees like shit.

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Recent trends show that most job creation has taken place in low wage industries. So it’s no surprise that a higher share of millennials work in low wage industries while lower shares work in mid or higher wage industries.

3. New Job Growth Has Been Concentrated in Disproportionately Low Wage Industries– Today more families than ever rely on low wage and minimum wage jobs to make ends meet especially since job losses during the Great Recession have hit higher wage sectors like construction, manufacturing, and finance hard. And according to a 2012 report by the National Employment Law Project, 58% of all jobs created post-recession were low wage occupations. This isn’t a short term trend either since 6 of the top ten growth occupations projected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for the next decade are low wage jobs, such as home health aides, customer service representatives, food preparation and service workers, personal and home care aides, retail salespersons, and office clerks. Raising the minimum wage would boost pay scales in these jobs where millions of Americans spend their careers today. And for many it’s getting harder for many workers to move beyond a low wage job. Thus, raising the minimum wage right now is more important than ever.

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Here’s a picture on the hazards of domestic labor. Now people in these jobs usually earn minimum wage or less. Some of them earn more. But what this chart tells you that it’s anything but easy. In fact, it’s hard and thankless work. The same can go for many low wage jobs.

4. Most Minimum Wage Jobs Aren’t Easy– Those opposed to minimum wage increases argue that anyone could do a minimum wage job which doesn’t require a lot of responsibility. But that has no bearing on reality whatsoever. Service industry workers often have stressful work days as well as unpredictable work schedules. A lot of them don’t have nice work environments either. Not to mention, a lot of these jobs lack health benefits, paid leave, opportunities for advancement, and job security. Many minimum wage employees work on weekends and holidays. A lot of them work 8-hour days while some can work even more. Some even have more than one job if they work part-time. Some may even experience workplace injury or illness. A lot require constant human interaction, time management, and multitasking. Let’s just say there’s a very good reason why a lot of minimum wage jobs have high turnover rates. These aren’t easy jobs anyone can do. They’re thankless, stressful, and grueling jobs while these workers receive little respect for all the crap they put up with on a regular basis. I spent a Christmas season working at Macy’s which paid $8 an hour. I spent hours on my feet that I had a lot of aches and pains. I also had to deal with hours of Christmas music in the background. By the end of my shift I was exhausted. I have often seen ads for many of these jobs which have a long list of duties and responsibilities as well as skills like patience, knowledge, care, and communication. There are plenty of caregiving jobs with educational requirements that pay minimum wage like home healthcare and childcare. Hell, even hairdressers and manicurists can earn low wages and they have to go through cosmetology school. Some low wage jobs can require at least an associate’s degree or even a 4-year college education. Building services may also require special skills. For instance, janitors may have a wide range of duties besides indoor cleaning like maintenance, security, and yard work. The cleaning industry is known for hiring 17-23% of undocumented immigrants as well as posts a median pay of $10.68 an hour (though many school janitors get paid more than the teachers so it’s not always a low wage job). Bank tellers, data entry keyers, cooks, pharmacy assistants, clerks, hotel receptionists, and security guards can also be paid minimum wage. In many ways, I think the terms “low-skilled” or “unskilled labor” just refers to jobs with shitty pay.

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Many people argue that low wage work is such because they don’t require a lot of skills, education, and lack social value. If that were true, then explain to me why Cesar Chavez became so famous for organizing farm workers for better conditions. Yeah, that doesn’t hold up.

5. Most Minimum Wage Jobs Don’t Lack Social Value– When most people think of jobs paying minimum wage, they tend to think about people working at fast food restaurants which only consist of 5% of low wage jobs. In fact, most low income jobs pay poor may have little to do with their value in society. Or if they do, then it might be a reason they’re paid so poorly in the first place. At any rate, they’re all around us which include security guards, nurse’s aides and home healthcare aides, child-care workers, educational assistants, maids and porters, janitors, call center workers, bank tellers, data entry keyers, food preparation workers, waiters and waitresses, cooks, pharmacy assistants, hairdressers, manicurists, fish and meat processors, sewing machine operators, laundry and dry cleaning operators, ambulance drivers, parking lot attendants, and farm workers. Sure there may be people in these jobs who make good money like a janitor at a public school or hairdressers. But we’re talking about general trends. We’re not necessarily talking about people who make no contribution to society. In fact, we’re talking about people in jobs that don’t get much respect. If you don’t believe me, then think about how Caesar Chavez became so famous for organizing California farm workers in the 1960s. Or why so many workplaces and corporations in the service industry take major steps to keep their low wage workers from unionizing.

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This is a graph from the Economic Policy Institute illustrating how a minimum wage increase would affect American families. After all, low wage workers are usually responsible for half of their family’s earnings. Not to mention, 1 out of 5 kids has a parent who’d be helped.

6. Raising the Minimum Wage Will Benefit Workers and Their Families– Even if you work full-time at $7.25 an hour, you’re lucky to retain $225 a week or $12,000 a year after taxes and deductions. This is precisely threshold of poverty for a single person. Not enough to pay rent or take care of dependent children. In fact, it’s barely surviving. In no state can a minimum wage worker afford a 2 bedroom unit at a fair market rent, working a standard 40 hour work week. Or at least without paying more than 30% of their income. But a lot of minimum wage workers are trying to pay rent and have dependent children to support sometimes by themselves, which is why many are on welfare and food stamps. In addition to the 1.3 million people working at minimum wage, raising it to $10 per hour would help 1.7 million working below it, and 21 million working above the minimum but below that amount. So you’re talking about a third of the workforce. 17.5 million children will also benefit since at least one of their parents will get a raise. Raising the minimum wage to $12 or $15 an hour could benefit even more. Not to mention since women and minorities are disproportionately represented in low wage jobs, raising the minimum wage could help close significant gender and racial pay gaps.

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Here’s a snapshot on how many hours a person would have to work a week on $7.25 an hour to afford rent in the country. As you see, all the values are above 40 hours.

7. Raising the Minimum Wage Benefits the Economy– When workers are paid more, they’re more likely to spend more, especially when it comes to their own companies or hometowns. This explains why Henry Ford decided to pay his workers high wages to make and later buy his cars. Now Ford wasn’t a nice guy. But even he knew that workers are customers and the better a worker’s ability to participate in the economy as a consumer, the better off businesses and the economy will be as a whole. Though businesses might experience a dip in their profits, they’re able to pay higher wages without reducing employment because the savings can be substantial even if greater productivity and lower turnover may not fully pay for the minimum wage increase. Workers earning low wages are less committed to their jobs and less likely to stay for long. Employee turnover forces businesses to constantly find and train new workers, costing them significant money and time. Most of the time the new recruits may not be as optimally efficient during their training period as the experienced and productive workers they replaced. This can incur indirect costs to businesses from lost sales and imperfect customer service as new workers learn on the job. Add to that the fact a lot large retail companies like QuikTrip, Mercadona, Trader Joe’s, and Costco not only invest heavily in their employees, but also have the lowest prices in their industries, solid financial performance, and better customer service than their competitors. They also have better reputations, more work satisfaction, and less employee theft. 89% of small businesses in the country also pay their employees more than the federal minimum wage. Many small business owners believe higher wages level the playing field by preventing larger and less scrupulous firms from gaining a competitive advantage through very low labor costs. A strategy adopted by large corporations such as retail giants like T.J. Maxx, Walmart, Gap, and Ikea which have enjoyed record profits for years as well as employ 2/3 of all low wage workers. It’s no surprise why most small businesses support increasing the minimum wage to at least $12 an hour, some to even $15. In many ways, this makes a lot of sense since these large retail giants see workers as expendable while small businesses need to hold onto their best employees for as long as they can. Small businesses and large companies have proven that the key to their success is a combination of investment in the workforce and operational practices benefiting employees, customers, and the company.

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This map show the lot of tipped workers many of whom can earn below minimum wage at a rate as low as $2.13 an hour + tips. But the system in paying tipped workers is so complex that these workers are subject to manipulation and abuse. Many have had their tips stolen by their bosses. And many live in poverty.

8. Current Tipped Minimum Wage Laws Are Terrible– According to the National Employment Law Project, an estimated 4.3 million people work in predominantly tipped occupations in the US. Employees classified as tipped workers if they receive at least $30 per month in tips and the current federal tipped worker minimum wage is $2.13 an hour, which is less than a third of the current federal minimum wage and has remained unchanged since the 1990s. While most tipped workers are in the restaurant industry, these include car wash workers, nail salon workers, valets, and airport attendants among others. Two thirds of tipped workers are women which makes the subminimum tipped wage a form of legislated pay inequity. Many tipped workers use these tips to support their families and to pay for higher education like student loans. Labor movements have called to eliminate the tipped minimum wage. 7 states already have and their tipped workers earn full minimum wage + tips which I strongly think is how tipped workers should be paid anyway. New York’s tipped minimum wage is $7.50 which is more than 83% its full minimum wage. And in Hawaii, tipped workers only earn less than half minimum wage if they receive more than generous tips. Other states and D.C. have also increased their tipped minimum wage above $2.13 an hour. But these rates aren’t equal and aren’t always fair. And personally, I find the idea of a subminimum tipped wage as absolutely unfair and ridiculous. Add to that the fact employers are required to make up the difference if a tipped worker’s base wage and tips doesn’t add to the full minimum wage. But this is a complex system that’s both difficult to comply with and largely unenforceable for these reasons:

  1. It requires extensive tracking and accounting tip flows which even law-abiding employers find burdensome and difficult. This also allows less ethical employers to take advantage of this notorious complex system to illegally keep a portion of tips for themselves. Thus, this results in many tipped employees failing to receive the tips which they’re entitled to as well as have their income prone to manipulation and abuse.
  2. Employers are allowed to average tips over the course of the work week and required to “top up” only if an employee’s average hourly earnings are less than the full minimum wage. They’re also allowed to estimate their workers’ tips in order to determine how much tax to withhold. Though this estimation approach isn’t sufficient for federal minimum wage compliance, many employers use this anyway though they don’t actually verify that their workers really do receive enough tips to bring them up to the full minimum wage. One southern New Jersey waitress told NELP, “They just take our total sales for the day—say it’s [a couple] hundred dollars—and they just [estimate] 15% of that.” Under the federal minimum wage law, this is illegal as well as overstates tips since many customers tip less than 15% and “a few times a week” a customer leaves no tip at all.
  3. Tips are allowed to be pooled among various types of restaurant employees, giving a portion of those tips a server receives to legitimately be reallocated to other workers. This is a frequent and sometimes legally dubious practice at many businesses across the country as well as creates other opportunities for unethical employers to illegally skin off a portion of these tips for themselves or use to pay other employees whether they’re tipped or not.
  4. Tipped workers who’ve experienced tip-stealing or other forms of wage theft are often reluctant to demand what they’re owed in fear of reprisal. Many of rely on their supervisors to schedule their shifts and make more or less in tips depending on what shifts they’re given. So complaining about being ripped off might lead to being scheduled on a less profitable shift or simply fired.
  5. Tip stealing is rampant in industries that employ tipped workers who are often victims. Tip violations can take various forms but ultimately, they all result in tipped workers losing some of their tips to improve the employer’s bottom line. Some employers simply pocket a portion for tip pools while others can be less direct such as including non-tipped workers in the tip pool so they can be paid the lower minimum wage for tipped workers. Sometimes restaurants can take advantage of communication barriers among workers. The National Employment Law Project mentioned a waitress setting aside 15% of her tips for bussers but was expected to pay upfront and didn’t know whether they got it. They also discuss how waiters and waitresses in an upstate New York town exposed that managers had simply pocketed a portion of their tips they deducted, supposedly to share with the bussers. Additionally, they also talked about a Maryland waitress who already shared her tips with a captain, bussers, and host who finally contacted a union for help when the restaurant’s managers tried to take a portion of her tips for themselves as well. Several high profile lawsuits have recently been filed in response to these practices.
  6. According to a 2014 report by the White House Economic Council and the Department of Labor, 1 in 10 surveyed tipped workers reported hourly wages below the federal minimum wage, tips included. This compared to 4% of all workers reporting earnings below minimum wage.
  7. Compliance and enforcement challenges aside, despite requiring employers to make up the difference between tips and statutory minimum wage, it remains the case that customers are directly responsible for paying a portion of workers’ wages under this system. Thus, instead of being a gratuity for good service, having a subminimum tipped wage renders tips a customer-funded wage replacement and lowers labor costs for employers in a few select industries.
  8. Work for tipped employees is inherently uneven and often unpredictable with most making substantial amounts on Friday and Saturday nights and much less other days of the week. In addition, bad weather, a bad economy, seasonal change, and a host of other factors can cause sudden drops in tipped income and economic insecurity. Also, tips can fluctuate widely and are often paid in cash.
  9. Nationwide, the median tipped wage for servers is $10.11 per hour and $9.89 for waitresses. This despite claims from the restaurant industry that servers make a median between $16 and $22 per hour. The median wage for all workers nationwide is $16.48 per hour. Median wages for tipped workers in general are nearly 40% lower than overall median hourly wages.
  10. 46% of tipped workers depend on public assistance from the federal government which is well over the rate of 35.9% for all workers. 12.8% of tipped workers in the US live in poverty, including 15% of restaurant servers. In fact, servers experience poverty at well over twice the rate of the overall US workforce. They’re also only a quarter as likely as the workforce as a whole to receive employer-provided health insurance and are twice as likely to be uninsured. In states the federal tipped minimum of $2.13 per hour is implemented, 14% of tipped workers and 18% of servers live in poverty. In states where tipped workers are paid full minimum wage + tips, the poverty rate for them is 10.8% and 10.2% for servers.
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Despite fierce contention in the media and in Congress, raising minimum wage has wide support among Americans. This NELP graph illustrates this.

9. Raising the Minimum Wage Has Wide Support– Most Americans feel the minimum wage is too low and are concerned about rising inequality. A 2014 Public Policy Polling shows that 80% of respondents don’t believe they could support themselves or their families on minimum wage. Other polls show that 7 in 10 Americans believe that income inequality is getting worse and nearly as many believe the government has a role to play in reducing the gap between rich and poor. A 2013 Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 57% of Americans want lawmakers to address income inequality. The Hart Research Associates shows that 75% of Americans support raising the minimum wage to $12.50 or more by 2020, including 92% of Democrats, 53% of Republicans, 73% of Independents, 80% of women, and 72% of non-college whites. On the small business front, support for increasing the minimum wage is 61% or 3 in 5. 63% of Americans support a $15.00 minimum wage. 71% of Americans favor eliminating the subminimum tipped waged to ensure tipped employees the same minimum wage as other workers. 82% support automatic annual minimum wage increases to ensure it keeps up with the annual costs of living. There is no reason why Congress should be unable to pass The Raise the Wage law right now, even with a Republican majority. At least as far as the American people are concerned.

10. Minimum Wage Laws Unfairly Exempt Disabled People– Under the current federal law, the Secretary of Labor can issue special wage certificates to employers allowing them to pay disabled workers a subminimum wage, sometimes just a few cents per hour and in segregated work environments where they often perform mundane tasks that don’t use their existing skills, interests, and talents. Yet, this exemption is based on an antiquated notion that encourages disabled workers to rely on Social Security Income, Medicaid, food stamps, or other government programs in order to get by. There are also current training and employment strategies to assist those with even the most significant disabilities to obtain integrated and meaningful work. And when paired with the right rehabilitative tools, training, and expectations, employees with disabilities can be as productive as their nondisabled peers. It’s also discriminatory since nobody should be paid below the minimum wage, disabled or not. And I say that even if the minimum wage is too low.

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During the Gilded Age, those in blue collar professions worked in terrible working conditions with long hours and shitty pay. Many of these workers were children, some of them as old as kindergartners, mostly because their parents worked in the same place and didn’t earn enough to support a family. Still, we should also acknowledge that once workplace regulations and protections were in place, these large companies still earned money and lost nothing.

11. Blue Collar Jobs Used to Have Shitty Pay– Yes, I’m well aware that a lot of jobs in the service industry pay minimum wage or even less than that. And yes, I know many argue low wages are a cost-driven necessity for these jobs. On the other hand, you have a lot of blue collar jobs in mining and manufacturing which many people see as good paying jobs that many working class people lament leaving their hometowns or being outsourced. However, we should also acknowledge that blue collar jobs were the shit jobs of 19th and early 20th century industrialization with dangerous conditions, long hours, and very low pay. And I mean like working in the mine for 14 hour days on a wage that can’t support your family. So now your eight year old has to drop out of school and go to work with you. It wasn’t unusual for whole families to work in a factory, including the kids who could be as young as four years old. Now we’re talking about a time when there were no workplace safety protections, no minimum wage, no workers’ rights, and institutionalized child labor. So what changed? Well, these workers organized into unions and went on strike for their rights, not just risking getting fired but also getting killed. And they faced staunch opposition from their robber baron bosses. Yet, once they got what they wanted, these blue-collar jobs were no longer seen as shit jobs by later generations. In fact, they were seen as jobs that could support a family and local economies benefitted just the same. But this shows us that the existence of shit jobs has more to do with an employer’s desire for cheap and expendable labor than what the job entails. Also, keeping workers dependent on them that they’ll put up with any abuse they give them. Not to mention, it supports the argument that low wages are a choice and not a cost-driven necessity. This is why a lot of corporations don’t want to raise the minimum wage or have their workers unionize. Not only that, but also that the shit jobs of today don’t have to be the shit jobs of tomorrow if we invest more in our workers. Raising the minimum wage is a good place to start.

12. Raising the Minimum Wage Saves Taxpayer Money– With wages being what they are, many low income workers have relied on public assistance because their paycheck can’t cover basic expenses. Even if they work for companies that could certainly afford to pay them a raise and benefits. American taxpayers spend an annual $153 billion in taxpayer money helping low wage earning families get by. This includes food stamps, Medicaid, CHIP, TANF as well as childcare subsidies and reduced-free school lunch programs. These programs help Americans meet a basic standard of living despite being targets for cuts and reductions. But having workers rely on public assistance has more to do with their employers paying them nothing more than poverty wages. Therefore, the government is indirectly subsidizing these companies that refuse to pay more. In fact, some companies like McDonald’s doesn’t even hide that half their workforce is on welfare and even encourage their employees to seek public assistance. Higher wages at work save taxpayer money since they lift more people out of poverty and produce more tax revenue. Sorry, libertarians, but cheap labor doesn’t come cheap.

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This is a graph from the Economic Policy Institute that shows what the average minimum wage worker. Despite the stereotype of a teenage working after school, most minimum wage earners are adults who work full time as well as earn more than half of their family’s total income.

13. Low Wages Don’t Relieve Poverty– Contrary to what conservatives said about minimum wage jobs being for teens trying to earn extra money and experience, 89% of minimum wage workers are 20 years old or over while many are women and people of color. 37% of them have at least some college education. A third of them are over 30. Not to mention, 57% of minimum wage jobs are full-time and are unlikely filled by teens anyway. Some low wage industries don’t hire teens at all. That being said, statistics show a lot of low wage workers make nearly to over half their family’s income and 28% of them are parents. Sometimes they could be the family’s chief breadwinner, especially in single parent households. In every state working the minimum wage leaves a full-time worker with two kids below the poverty line. Not to mention, low-income wage earners may work multiple jobs which gives them even less time to spend with their kids as well as take care of themselves. At worst this could lead to a case like Maria Fernandes who worked so hard to make ends meet that she died from gas fumes in her car while napping between shifts. Fernandes was said to work 4 jobs and sometimes didn’t sleep for nearly a week. There were a couple occasions when single mothers were busted for leaving their kids unsupervised due to working 3 jobs and lack of available childcare options. Many low income workers have also experienced a considerable toll on their health while their children suffer in school and in life. No one who works for a living should have to live in or near poverty, especially full-time.

14. Raising the Minimum Wage Has Expert Support– In January 2014, over 600 economists across the country sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders arguing for a minimum wage raise to $10.10 by 2016 and then indexed to protect it against inflation. 7 of these were Nobel Prize winners. Even the Department of Labor supports this measure and think it’s a better idea than the current minimum wage laws we have now.

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Here’s a map from the Wall Street Journal showing the minimum wage increases within each state. Of course, some pay below or have no minimum wage laws at all.

15. The Minimum Wage Has Been Raised in Localities and States– As of 2016, 29 states, D. C., as well as countless localities have raised the minimum wage, many in recent years. Some have even enacted measures to increase the minimum wage automatically with inflation and the costs of living. Not only that, but despite congressional Republican opposition, raising the wage in these states, D.C., and other jurisdictions weren’t just mere liberals pushing for it. Sure Washington State, Oregon, California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts voted for minimum wage increases. But so have red states like West Virginia, Arkansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Alaska, Missouri, and Montana. Swing states like Florida, Michigan, Arizona, and Ohio have also raised their minimum wage. The fact minimum wage increases have passed in states of various political leanings should emphasize its widespread support among party lines.

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Despite that many opponents of minimum wage increases argue that raising it would kill jobs or raise prices, keep in mind that none of them bring up this argument when it comes to skyrocketing CEO pay while regular wages remain stagnant. Seriously if your company can afford to give a CEO a generous severance package of a few million bucks, they can raise wages on their lowest paying workers. It’s not hard to see.

16. Opposition to Minimum Wage Increases Has More to Do with Self-Interest and Ideology– I know there are people who argue that raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy as well as kill jobs and raise prices. However, we need to understand that despite bipartisan and expert support, raising the minimum wage is still seen as a mainly liberal issue in the halls of Congress. Why? Because a lot of Republican politicians are bankrolled by big corporate lobbies who would rather use cheap labor, many of whom boast record profits and very much can afford to pay their workers more. There are a lot of libertarian and conservative economists and think tanks to back them up, some of whom want to abolish minimum wage which just makes workers even more prone to further exploitation. Believers in free market and trickle down economics usually see low wage jobs as a cost-driven necessity for economic prosperity. But employers often use this argument to justify not giving their impoverished employees a raise for decades, including your Gilded Age robber barons. Besides, no Fortune 500 CEO uses this argument when it comes to their own pay, which has skyrocketed dramatically. I mean the median CEO to worker pay ratio has risen from 20-to-1 in 1965 to 204-to-1 in 2015. Some of the highest paid CEOs make 300 times more than their typical employees. There are plenty of CEOs with million dollar salaries as well as stock options/grants, bonuses, benefits, and other perks. Hell, even bad CEOs receive generous severance packages whenever they left their companies in worse shape than when they took over. Yet, no libertarian or conservative argues that raising their pay will contribute to higher prices, job loss, or worse economies. Or why people end up paying higher prices and lose their jobs while worker wages remain stagnant. Yes, I know that a CEO’s job may require more skills, education, and talent than a lot of minimum wage occupations and that we’ve been through a recession. But it doesn’t convince me why conservatives and libertarians think raising the minimum wage will lead to economic ruin while raising CEO compensation won’t. Surely a company that can generously compensate its own CEO can pay its lowest earning workers $15 an hour, which is just small potatoes. So I think it’s more of a matter of corporate greed and self-interest.

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This quote by Chris Rock perfectly explains why we need the federal government should raise the minimum wage. Most companies will not give their employees a raise by themselves. They need to be mandated to do it.

17. Large Employers Are Unlikely to Increase Wages on Their Own– While many conservatives and libertarians might tell us that workers would be better paid if it weren’t for all those pesky taxes regulations, it is not the case. The robber barons during the Gilded Age didn’t pay federal income taxes until the 16th Amendment passed in 1916 and none of their tax dollars went to benefit their impoverished, overworked, and underpaid employees. Not to mention, their workplace policies are the reason why we have so many regulations and agencies to protect workers today. Besides, there are plenty of large corporations exploit federal tax loopholes so they don’t have to pay at all. And yet, conservatives and libertarians claim that if we get rid of the tax burden with social welfare programs and regulations, the “free market” will provide and take care of workers. Uh, excuse me but during the Gilded Age, those tax supported social programs didn’t exist and I’m pretty sure the free market didn’t take care of those low wage workers. Unions and the government policies they lobbied for while facing staunch opposition from these large companies. Besides, corporations lobby at all levels of government like crazy for direct and indirect public assistance like bailouts, subsidies, special tax breaks, deductions, tax and policy loopholes specifically designed for them, so-called “right to work” laws, and more. Say what you want about welfare, but I’d rather have my tax dollars go to assisting poor people than to a $3 billion a year corporate jet subsidy, a $200 billion Wall Street bailout, special tax breaks to hedge fund managers allowing them to pay a 15% tax rate, or a $70 billion a year home mortgage deduction with 77% going to people earning over $100,000. Sure corporations may like lower taxes and less regulations but even if they get what they want from their political lackeys, they will not give workers a raise unless they’re pressured to either by unions, government policy, or both. But wait, what about companies that pay workers better wages like Costco? Yes, there are big businesses that treat their workers generously like Costco but the Costcos in this world are the exception to the rule, especially in sectors that hire low wage workers. Therefore, federal government action to raise the minimum wage is necessary.

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By raising the federal minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour, corporations will only have to spend just 1/3 cent of every dollar spent on wages, according the the Congressional Budget office. So I’m confident these large companies with minimum wage labor can totally afford it.

18. Raising the Minimum Wage Is the Right Thing to Do– Economics aside, we should consider the fact that as earnings from corporations and the top 1% increased to dramatic new high, wages have stagnated or lost value even as productivity also rose. This could never be more true for low income workers. Raising the minimum wage will protect the most powerless in our workforce. Now could anyone say whether it’s fair for businesses to boast big profits while paying their employees poverty wages? Of course not. Is it fair for someone to live in poverty despite working a full-time job? Hell no. And if raising the minimum wage hurts their profits, why should I care? I mean a big company like McDonald’s is unlikely to lose business if they pay their workers $15 an hour since they’ll usually make a big profit anyway. Besides, most small businesses pay their staff more than minimum wage anyway since they can’t afford replacing them while retaining a competitive edge against their larger counterparts. As for price increases, well, they usually rise whether wages increase or not. And studies show that the increases won’t be much. What about jobs? If raising the wage results in reduced hiring and hours and more job loss by big companies, it won’t be due to economics. It would be more or less because of greedy executives who’d use just about any excuse to cut their workforces. Small businesses, on the other hand, are more worried about poor sales than being trounced by their big business counterparts than anything. Even if raising the minimum wage does hurt the economy like its critics have predicted, what about the concept of economic justice? I think that should matter. After all, labor is critical to a business’s success and workers who dedicate their time and effort into that company should get a bigger cut in that. Look, from how I see it, there’s no good reason to not raise the minimum wage. And above all, no one working a full time job should live in poverty. Even though I know that raising the wage won’t cure poverty any time soon, at least it can show a good example by making businesses invest more in their workforce. It’s about time.

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As FDR said himself, nobody should work a full time job and still live in poverty. Workers have a right for a decent living wage which has been denied to many in the name of profit. So raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do. Besides, what’s wrong with economic justice for God’s sake?

The Spooky World of Halloween Pumpkin Dioramas (Second Edition)

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Last year, I did a post on Halloween pumpkin dioramas that has caused as much of a sensation on my blog and continues to do so. So I decided to do another post despite having a hard time finding unique pumpkin dioramas like these posted above. And I used all of them in last year’s post. When I discussed the idea of pumpkin dioramas with my mother, she seemed to imagine the pumpkin being part of the display. So she was surprised when she saw the dioramas in the pumpkin whether they come from a pumpkin patch or a craft store. And many of them do have a lot of scary Halloween stuff. But once in a while you might find pumpkin dioramas like these which revolve around polar regions, fairy gardens, and space.  Some pumpkin dioramas revolve around Thanksgiving but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another treasure trove of these Halloween pumpkin creations.

  1. How about a some campfire music with old friends?
Sure they may not want to get out of their graves at the moment. But the music can go straight to their bones or wake the dead.

Sure they may not want to get out of their graves at the moment. But the music can go straight to their bones or wake the dead.

2. Things have been a little dead lately in the big house.

And here they are gambling behind bars. Seem to have no bones about it.

And here they are gambling behind bars. Seem to have no bones about it.

3. Seems like this graveyard has seen better days.

Guess somebody hasn't tended this cemetery in years. As I can tell by the weeds.

Guess somebody hasn’t tended this cemetery in years. As I can tell by the weeds.

4. Hope you don’t have to stay in this haunted house.

The house lights up from the inside if you get my drift. Seems like a skeleton answers the door.

The house lights up from the inside if you get my drift. Seems like a skeleton answers the door.

5. Just because the house is small doesn’t mean it’s not haunted.

Well, this house is a paper cut out. Yet, I do love how they used moss and trees for the scary decor.

Well, this house is a paper cut out. Yet, I do love how they used moss and trees for the scary decor.

6. Sometimes these old houses could take their secrets to the grave.

Yes, I know it's not painted black for a night scene on the inside. Yet, it nevertheless seems all the more eerie.

Yes, I know it’s not painted black for a night scene on the inside. Yet, it nevertheless seems all the more eerie.

7. Don’t mind these skeletons hanging out on the graveyard shift.

"So I said to her, 'Look, we're not getting any younger. At least I you still have your skin while I'm practically decomposing.'"

“So I said to her, ‘Look, we’re not getting any younger. At least I you still have your skin while I’m practically decomposing.'”

8. Hope your pumpkin graveyard includes a scary tree.

And I don't mean one of those Ents from Lord of the Rings. Unless you want to do a Lord of the Rings pumpkin diorama, which this is not.

And I don’t mean one of those Ents from Lord of the Rings. Unless you want to do a Lord of the Rings pumpkin diorama, which this is not.

9. Seems like we have a light from the ground here.

It's also part miniature garden as well with a carved top. Still, like the light.

It’s also part miniature garden as well with a carved top. Still, like the light.

10. Man, those skeletons sure know how to party.

But I often hear that they're not a lively bunch. Though they really seem to have a dead good time.

But I often hear that they’re not a lively bunch. Though they really seem to have a dead good time.

11. When you see a large skull at night, you’ll be in for a fright.

Now this one is quite menacing. Really like how the one skeleton rises out of the ground and the white trees. That kid will surely need therapy.

Now this one is quite menacing. Really like how the one skeleton rises out of the ground and the white trees. That kid will surely need therapy.

12. Guess you can find lots of bats about this one.

This one seems to take a view from the sky with paper bats and branches inside. Amazing.

This one seems to take a view from the sky with paper bats and branches inside. Amazing.

13. Open the door to this pumpkin and you’ll find a haunted house inside.

You'll also find some pumpkins stacked like a snowman as well as bats on a lite tree. But that's beside the point.

You’ll also find some pumpkins stacked like a snowman as well as bats on a lite tree. But that’s beside the point.

14. Sometimes people would want their pumpkins to contain the sights of nature.

However, they couldn't include a scene of deer mating, fighting, getting shot but hunters, or being hit by cars as would you normally see during the fall. So they decided to go with a deer family scene instead.

However, they couldn’t include a scene of deer mating, fighting, getting shot but hunters, or being hit by cars as would you normally see during the fall. So they decided to go with a deer family scene instead.

15. This little pumpkin contains a real graveyard scene.

Well, it doesn't use much. But you might not want to know who's buried here. Or who's decomposing.

Well, it doesn’t use much. But you might not want to know who’s buried here. Or who’s decomposing.

16. Enter this graveyard if you dare.

Love how they painted the clouds in this one. Also like the large gate. Really eerie.

Love how they painted the clouds in this one. Also like the large gate. Really eerie.

17. This barbecue is bound to be a graveyard smash.

"How about we cook ribs on the grill tonight?" "Whose yours or mine? Cause I don't have any meat on 'em."

“How about we cook ribs on the grill tonight?”
“Whose yours or mine? Cause I don’t have any meat on ’em.”

18. Here we come to Cinderella being let out from her pumpkin coach.

Well, that's one way to put a pumpkin to good use. Not scary for Halloween, creative enough.

Well, that’s one way to put a pumpkin to good use. Not scary for Halloween, creative enough.

19. May your dreams come true with this Disney pumpkin diorama.

Once again, this also features Cinderella and her castle. Why was I not surprised?

Once again, this also features Cinderella and her castle. Why was I not surprised?

20. Even foxes should know not to be alone in a graveyard at night.

Well, I think the fox touch is a bit clever since wildlife frequent cemeteries all the time. Hope it can get through the night.

Well, I think the fox touch is a bit clever since wildlife frequent cemeteries all the time. Hope it can get through the night.

21. How about a road of black trees into the sunset?

I guess the trees might be made from paper. But I love how they create an arch over the road so close together.

I guess the trees might be made from paper. But I love how they create an arch over the road so close together.

22. This skeleton is by himself with his bones.

Yes. he's on a bench in his bones on a night like this. Hope he didn't die waiting for anyone or anything.

Yes. he’s on a bench in his bones on a night like this. Hope he didn’t die waiting for anyone or anything.

23. This haunted house has really gone to the ghosts.

Well, you have bats around here, too but they seem more part of the scenery. But they're the only living creature you'll find here.

Well, you have bats around here, too but they seem more part of the scenery. But they’re the only living creature you’ll find here.

24. Fans of the Wizard of Oz would enjoy this pumpkin diorama of Emerald City.

Of course, I think the flying monkey scenes would've been more appropriate. Considering this is Halloween we're talking about.

Of course, I think the flying monkey scenes would’ve been more appropriate. Considering this is Halloween we’re talking about.

25. Using cotton is great for cobwebs and fog.

Well, this seems like a messy craft project made by a school child. Then again, it's kind of supposed to be.

Well, this seems like a messy craft project made by a school child. Then again, it’s kind of supposed to be.

26. For a fighting mummy scene, an Egyptian scene is necessary.

And it seems these mummies are going at it with each other. Must be in a museum.

And it seems these mummies are going at it with each other. Must be in a museum.

27. Seems like these skeletons are having a graveyard smash in the Old West.

Well, it's kind of hard to make out what's going on here. But I'm sure the figures are kind of undead.

Well, it’s kind of hard to make out what’s going on here. But I’m sure the figures are kind of undead.

28. Sometimes a graveyard might need to blend with its surroundings.

After all, having it a plain orange pumpkin doesn't make it seem any more dead. Also, got to make room for those trees.

After all, having it a plain orange pumpkin doesn’t make it seem any more dead. Also, got to make room for those trees.

29. This skeleton really knows how to make an entrance.

Yes, they really seem to dig a stylish red motorcycle. Then again, it's not like the moped could kill them since they're dead already.

Yes, they really seem to dig a stylish red motorcycle. Then again, it’s not like the moped could kill them since they’re dead already.

30. Ahoy, dead pirates on the high seas.

Seems like they came across some treasure, too. Too bad they may not be able to enjoy it.

Seems like they came across some treasure, too. Too bad they may not be able to enjoy it.

31. It always seems a little dead at 1313.

Doesn't seem like a lively place. Unless you're a bat. Like the house and trees.

Doesn’t seem like a lively place. Unless you’re a bat. Like the house and trees.

32. Need room for broom parking?

Well, outside broom parking anyway. Inside broom parking space is a closet. Like the spiderweb.

Well, outside broom parking anyway. Inside broom parking space is a closet. Like the spiderweb.

33. This place seems to have become a real ghost town.

Think of it as an Old West town but with skeletons. Why Tim Burton doesn't make a western movie like this I have no idea.

Think of it as an Old West town but with skeletons. Why Tim Burton doesn’t make a western movie like this I have no idea.

34. It’s always eerie to see bats flying at the full moon.

Well, bats are kind of creepy if you ask me. Yet, wonder if there's a pumpkin diorama with a Batman sign.

Well, bats are kind of creepy if you ask me. Yet, wonder if there’s a pumpkin diorama with a Batman sign.

35. Seems like this pumpkin is under construction.

This one uses Playmobil figures. Must've been made for a kid so it would be less scary.

This one uses Playmobil figures. Must’ve been made for a kid so it would be less scary.

36. Behold the raven overlooking the unburied graves.

Odd, to have the skeletons all black like they're decomposing. Nice to have a mausoleum, which you don't see in a lot of grave yard scenes.

Odd, to have the skeletons all black like they’re decomposing. Nice to have a mausoleum, which you don’t see in a lot of grave yard scenes.

37. Now this makes a great cemetery entrance.

I'm sure most cemeteries don't have skeleton entry archways. So enter if you dare.

I’m sure most cemeteries don’t have skeleton entry archways. So enter if you dare.

38. These pumpkins always make nice abodes for fall fairies.

Both of them even have bats for added Halloween emphasis. Also like the gnomes.

Both of them even have bats for added Halloween emphasis. Also like the gnomes.

39. You’ll never know what you’ll find on Halloween night.

These seem to have a more vintage look to them. Two have trick or treaters. One has a witch.

These seem to have a more vintage look to them. Two have trick or treaters. One has a witch.

40. May you step up to know your fortune.

Seems like that's an Evil Queen from Snow White in a yellow dress for this purpose. Love the border though.

Seems like that’s an Evil Queen from Snow White in a yellow dress for this purpose. Love the border though.

41. Seems like we have plants spilling out this pumpkin.

Well, I said some of these are mini gardens. Not sure if it will be good after October though.

Well, I said some of these are mini gardens. Not sure if it will be good after October though.

42. Not sure if I could hear the future from this fortune teller.

Like the spider web outfit on the skeleton. Very fitting for a haunted fortune teller.

Like the spider web outfit on the skeleton. Very fitting for a haunted fortune teller.

43. Something must’ve awoken the dead during the night.

Then again, they could be early risers. Of course, it's probably too late for me to say that.

Then again, they could be early risers. Of course, it’s probably too late for me to say that.

44. Those who enjoy Harry Potter will enjoy these pumpkin dioramas.

One depicts Buckbeak at Hagrid's Hut from the Prisoner of Azkaban. The other has Harry on his broom during a Quidditch match.

One depicts Buckbeak at Hagrid’s Hut from the Prisoner of Azkaban. The other has Harry on his broom during a Quidditch match.

45. There’s nothing more adorable than a couple of raccoons.

Yes, these are cute inside your pumpkin. But they can be a terror in your trash bin.

Yes, these are cute inside your pumpkin. But they can be a terror in your trash bin.

46. Better rest in peace with this spooky town.

Yes, I know you see a lot of graveyard pumpkin dioramas. But it's Halloween for God's sake. So graveyard scenes are a thing.

Yes, I know you see a lot of graveyard pumpkin dioramas. But it’s Halloween for God’s sake. So graveyard scenes are a thing.

47. Well, hope these ghosts can haunt to it.

This doesn't seem that hard to do. And will surely not scare people. Like the ghosts.

This doesn’t seem that hard to do. And will surely not scare people. Like the ghosts.

48. Nothing makes a better pumpkin diorama like a tiger and a squirrel.

And the squirrel doesn't seem to scale which makes it ideal prey for the tiger. Because, that's nature.

And the squirrel doesn’t seem to scale which makes it ideal prey for the tiger. Because, that’s nature.

49. Perhaps you may say he’s dead but not completely buried.

Now that looks pretty creepy, especially with the foliage. Love the crow on top. Or is that a raven?

Now that looks pretty creepy, especially with the foliage. Love the crow on top. Or is that a raven?

50. This spidery pumpkin has no bones about it.

Well, it has plenty of bones about it inside. But that's just an expression. Still, has spiders for extra creepiness.

Well, it has plenty of bones about it inside. But that’s just an expression. Still, has spiders for extra creepiness.

The Dark Scary World of Vintage Halloween Costumes (Second Edition)

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Whether it’s how they made costumes those days, the photography, or what else, there’s some reason why many of these vintage Halloween costumes are so creepy. Some of these can put a slasher horror movie costume department to shame. Sometimes they can be quite strange. Last year, I did a post on these old Halloween costumes and it became a hit. Not to mention, I had plenty of pictures left over that I couldn’t use in the last one. So I decided to do another one for this year. After all, why not? Halloween’s around the corner and I feel people need some distraction from the scary election playing out on our airwaves. Still, vintage stuff doesn’t always consist of cutesy politically correct nostalgia of one’s imagination.Sometimes it might feature stuff that might make you laugh or cringe. And Halloween costumes are no exception. Since there could be a lot of these that may make you shake your head in horror or disgust. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another treasure trove of haunted Halloween costumes from long ago.

  1. Sometimes witches aren’t always in a scaring mood.
Sure they may not be excited for Halloween. But they're nonetheless creepy if you take a good look at them.

Sure they may not be excited for Halloween. But they’re nonetheless creepy if you take a good look at them.

2. Here we come to a witch and an African tribesman?

Dude, that's not cool. Seriously, blackface racial caricatures are never okay. Nor are African tribesman stereotypes.

Dude, that’s not cool. Seriously, blackface racial caricatures are never okay. Nor are African tribesman stereotypes.

3. Is that supposed to be Donald Duck with a top?

Now that's a very creepy rendition. More like a serial killer dressed as Donald Duck and on a budget. Not something you'd want in a slasher horror movie.

Now that’s a very creepy rendition. More like a serial killer dressed as Donald Duck and on a budget. Not something you’d want in a slasher horror movie.

4. Either this is a gnome or the Joker’s daughter. I can’t tell which.

Okay, I think it's supposed to be a girl dressed as a gnome. But she reminds me more like the Joker with a beard and hat.

Okay, I think it’s supposed to be a girl dressed as a gnome. But she reminds me more like the Heath Ledger’s Joker with a beard and hat. Why so serious?

5. For witches, it’s always like mother, like daughter.

Well, they can both scare the bejesus out of you. But I love how they have matching dresses.

Well, they can both scare the bejesus out of you. But I love how they have matching dresses.

6. You might want to beware of walking outhouses while trick or treating.

Well, I knew people had outhouses during those days. But I didn't know they'd dress like them for Halloween.

Well, I knew people had outhouses during those days. But I didn’t know they’d dress like them for Halloween.

7. Don’t have a witch’s gown? Use a trash bag.

Well, seemed to work for this kid. However, not sure what to make of the makeup job. Let's hope it's not blackface.

Well, seemed to work for this kid. However, not sure what to make of the makeup job. Let’s hope it’s not blackface.

8. No, I don’t think you should let a grizzly babysit. It won’t go well.

Sure it's just a Halloween costume. But this bear seems to have dead eyes. And I wouldn't trust it with children.

Sure it’s just a Halloween costume. But this bear seems to have dead eyes. And I wouldn’t trust it with children.

9. Every demonic nightmare always has to start small.

Well, putting on a mask is one way to go trick or treating with little effort. But would you want to give candy to this kid? Well, if it means not seeing him again.

Well, putting on a mask is one way to go trick or treating with little effort. But would you want to give candy to this kid? Well, if it means not seeing him again.

10. Unfortunately, the original Batman costume didn’t go so well.

Kind of a combination of Chernaborg from Fantasia and someone from Cats. Creepy, yes, but not something for Batman.

Kind of a combination of Chernaborg from Fantasia and someone from Cats. Creepy, yes, but not something for Batman.

11. You never know what kind of costume you could make with a paper bag.

Well, the scarecrow is pretty scary enough. But the witch photobomb can really creep you out.

Well, the scarecrow is pretty scary enough. But the witch photobomb can really creep you out.

12. No matter what you think, sometimes things can be quite chill on the Planet of the Apes.

And you thought a chimp head wouldn't look scary on a small child. You were wrong.

And you thought a chimp head wouldn’t look scary on a small child. You were wrong.

13. Let’s see what this ragdoll looks in color.

Well, this might make a nice costume. But that face just creeps me out. There's something about her that sets me off.

Well, this might make a nice costume. But that face just creeps me out. There’s something about her that sets me off.

14. For witches and ghouls, cats make great companions.

I don't feel great for this cat. Wonder if these women are going to make cat stew later on. Wouldn't be surprised.

I don’t feel great for this cat. Wonder if these women are going to make cat stew later on. Wouldn’t be surprised.

15. During fall, you’ll never know what you’ll find in a field.

Now these scarecrows can literally scare crows. Along with anyone else in that regard. Not sure which one will give you more nightmares.

Now these scarecrows can literally scare crows. Along with anyone else in that regard. Not sure which one will give you more nightmares.

16. Remember, kids, always carry a trick or treat bag and wear a mask.

The trick or treat bags are for holding candy. The masks are for scaring the neighbors into giving it to you so they won't have to worry about their lives.

The trick or treat bags are for holding candy. The masks are for scaring the neighbors into giving it to you so they won’t have to worry about their lives.

17. When the cat and the pig get together, there’s always trouble.

Of course, they're already planning their scheme to taking out the neighborhood. Not that it matters to anyone.

Of course, they’re already planning their scheme to taking out the neighborhood. Not that it matters to anyone.

18. Halloween is a great time for ghost costumes and offensive racial stereotypes.

Sure the ghost costumes are creepy as hell. But the blackface and the Fu-Manchu mustache may qualify as offensive cultural appropriation.

Sure the ghost costumes are creepy as hell. But the blackface and the Fu-Manchu mustache may qualify as offensive cultural appropriation.

19. Pink elephants always stick together.

Pink elephant is a euphemism for a drunken hallucination. But these pink elephants are freaking nightmares in living color.

Pink elephant is a euphemism for a drunken hallucination. But these pink elephants are freaking nightmares in living color.

20. When it comes to costumes, the masks aren’t always lifelike.

At first I almost though the guy in the middle wasn't real. Also, not sure about the priest depiction though scary.

At first I almost though the guy in the middle wasn’t real. Also, not sure about the priest depiction though scary.

21. Now these two seem like strange old crows.

Well, they have bird heads which remind me of those old taxidermy pictures. But this is freakier.

Well, they have bird heads which remind me of those old taxidermy pictures. But this is freakier.

22. My, what a very ghostly classroom.

Each is made from paper it seems. But they're quite menacing as a group. Maybe that's the magic of black and white photography.

Each is made from paper it seems. But they’re quite menacing as a group. Maybe that’s the magic of black and white photography.

23. A skeleton always needs to cover his bones.

If I saw this guy on Halloween, I'd run away screaming. Yes, he's a virtual omen of death.

If I saw this guy on Halloween, I’d run away screaming. Yes, he’s a virtual omen of death.

24. Wonder why this witch won’t show her face.

Either she has a face that could stop a clock or she's insecure about her appearance. Or she might want to scare more children.

Either she has a face that could stop a clock or she’s insecure about her appearance. Or she might want to scare more children.

25. Well, that’s one handy way to use a First Communion dress.

However, that creepy bride look really won't help you at the altar. Still, best give her candy if you want to live.

However, that creepy bride look really won’t help you at the altar. Still, best give her candy if you want to live.

26. Seems like the mad scientists want to show off his little green man.

Well, more like an alien in white. But yeah, I don't like where this is going.

Well, more like an alien in white. But yeah, I don’t like where this is going.

27. No, I don’t think you’d want to be at this quacky chorale.

I think the guy in back might view Donald Duck cartoons as horror from now on. And I couldn't blame him.

I think the guy in back might view Donald Duck cartoons as horror from now on. And I couldn’t blame him.

28. Oh, shit another creepy clown sighting.

Yes, they creepy clowns, too. But it was nothing like the creepy clown scare now. Then again, I might be wrong.

Yes, they creepy clowns, too. But it was nothing like the creepy clown scare now. Then again, I might be wrong.

29. The paper bag girls will have their vengeance.

Are these two scarecrows? If so, then I think they'll really scare the crows this year. And anyone else if you think about it.

Are these two scarecrows? If so, then I think they’ll really scare the crows this year. And anyone else if you think about it.

30. Hope these kids won’t bring any harm but I’m not sure.

Not sure what they're doing with the jack-o-lanterns. Are they using them as weapons.

Not sure what they’re doing with the jack-o-lanterns. Are they using them as weapons.

31. Beware of the pumpkin head people.

I always thought there was something not right with them from the vintage cards. But these are goddamn creepy.

I always thought there was something not right with them from the vintage cards. But these are goddamn creepy.

32. You might want to be on the lookout for a black cat.

Especially when it could scratch your eyes out with no second thought. Yes, this cat is evil.

Especially when it could scratch your eyes out with no second thought. Yes, this cat is evil.

33. You may want to stay away from these angry birds.

Each of these seems to remind me of a Big Bird's evil twin or a plague doctor. And yes, they will peck you to death if they have a chance.

Each of these seems to remind me of a Big Bird’s evil twin or a plague doctor. And yes, they will peck you to death if they have a chance.

34. These Michelin men aren’t here to give you new tires.

Both seem to have Teddy Roosevelt glasses. But both will steal your tires if you give them the chance.

Both seem to have Teddy Roosevelt glasses. But both will steal your tires if you give them the chance.

35. No, you don’t want to be near scarecrows making faces.

Even in this photo op they seem like they want to gang up and kill someone. That can't be good.

Even in this photo op they seem like they want to gang up and kill someone. That can’t be good.

36. Victorian Batgirl is always up to the challenge.

However, she doesn't see a lot of action with Batman and Robin. Mostly because 19th century women's fashions weren't built for comfort. Seriously, she could barely breathe in her corset.

However, she doesn’t see a lot of action with Batman and Robin. Mostly because 19th century women’s fashions weren’t built for comfort. Seriously, she could barely breathe in her corset.

37. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the original Playboy Bunny.

Okay, Playboy wasn't around at the time. But if it was, their bunnies would look just like this. I swear.

Okay, Playboy wasn’t around at the time. But if it was, their bunnies would look just like this. I swear.

38. Give me a club.

Well, it looks more like a shamrock. But she seems like she works for the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.

Well, it looks more like a shamrock. But she seems like she works for the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.

39. Looks like another Jules Verne monster has taken to the streets.

Not sure what this is supposed to be. But scary it sure is. Stephen King, if you're running out of ideas....

Not sure what this is supposed to be. But scary it sure is. Stephen King, if you’re running out of ideas….

40. Some masks are more scarier than others.

At least those dressed in white don't have cone hats or white sheets on them. Because that idea for a ghost costume is very ill-advised.

At least those dressed in white don’t have cone hats or white sheets on them. But it comes very close.

41. Ghosts and witches can’t always be kept waiting.

"If that woman doesn't give us candy soon, then I'll have to cause a major frog infestation. Or have blood coming from her eyes. I haven't decided."

“If that woman doesn’t give us candy soon, then I’ll have to cause a major frog infestation. Or have blood coming from her eyes. I haven’t decided.”

42. Thought you’d never see a mummy princess before.

Yes, there are probably mummy princesses. But this is just ridiculous. Seriously, she should be in Egyptian clothes.

Yes, there are probably mummy princesses. But this is just ridiculous. Seriously, she should be in Egyptian clothes.

43. No, I don’t think this bunny wants carrots.

I think he's going after the souls of your children instead. He's very particular if you ask me.

I think he’s going after the souls of your children instead. He’s very particular if you ask me.

44. Hope that little gnome in the woods doesn’t come near you.

Or at least I think it's a gnome. In any case, give it candy or else face certain death.

Or at least I think it’s a gnome. In any case, give it candy or else face certain death.

45. As a butterfly one must spread their wings.

Other than the wings, she doesn't seem to have much on her. Wonder why.

Other than the wings, she doesn’t seem to have much on her. Wonder why.

46. Sorry, but Frankenstein’s monster is not amused.

And when he's not amused, he can get angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.

And when he’s not amused, he can get angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

47. Looks like scary clowns have company.

Are those black robe guys Dementors or Ring Wraiths? Either way, they'll suck out your soul. The clowns will just kill you.

Are those black robe guys Dementors or Ring Wraiths? Either way, they’ll suck out your soul. The clowns will just kill you.

48. No, I don’t think these kids are playing fortune teller.

I think they might have something more sinister in their minds. Like killing the grown ups.

I think they might have something more sinister in their minds. Like killing the grown ups.

49. No, I don’t think this baby wants its bottle now.

Okay, it's an adult dressed like a baby but still. Seems more like a scary George Washington in his night shirt.

Okay, it’s an adult dressed like a baby but still. Seems more like a scary George Washington in his night shirt.

50. Masked witches are never a good sign.

These little girls aren't around just to trick or treat. In fact, they want to terrorize the neighborhood.

These little girls aren’t around just to trick or treat. In fact, they want to terrorize the neighborhood.

51. And I thought werewolves were nice like Eddie Munster.

Of course, if he's active during the day, he's probably a menace in the neighborhood. You've been warned.

Of course, if he’s active during the day, he’s probably a menace in the neighborhood. You’ve been warned.

52. These ghosts just want a day on the town.

Yeah, they just want to scare the bejesus out of trick or treaters and take their candy. Kiddies, you've been warned.

Yeah, they just want to scare the bejesus out of trick or treaters and take their candy. Kiddies, you’ve been warned.

53. What the hell is the devil doing to her boobs?

Feeling her breasts? I could Satan do that. Oh, that's part of the costume. Today's equivalent would have a Donald Trump head instead. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Feeling her breasts? I could Satan do that. Oh, that’s part of the costume. Today’s equivalent would have a Donald Trump head instead. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

54. Hopefully, you’d be safe with this unicorn.

Then again, the unicorn seems to view this baby with a hungry eye. Like he's thinking of having him for dinner.

Then again, the unicorn seems to view this baby with a hungry eye. Like he’s thinking of having him for dinner.

55. Well, a cigar is just a cigar.

Not only does this costume look terrifying, it embodies what can actually kill you. You know tobacco.

Not only does this costume look terrifying, it embodies what can actually kill you. You know tobacco.

56. No, I don’t think these are cute little munchkins. They could eat me alive.

Not sure what these are supposed to be. But do they scare me to death? Absolutely.

Not sure what these are supposed to be. But do they scare me to death? Absolutely.

57. Oh, shit, Chewie’s got a gun!

Then again, he might be a heavily Sasquatch if this picture was taken before 1977. Either way, he could rip your arms out of their sockets. So it's best to let the Wookie win.

Then again, he might be a heavily Sasquatch if this picture was taken before 1977. Either way, he could rip your arms out of their sockets. So it’s best to let the Wookie win.

58. Strawberry Shortcake might want to watch her back.

Once the killer clown got a hold of her, she was never seen or heard from since. We're not sure what happened to her.

Once the killer clown got a hold of her, she was never seen or heard from since. We’re not sure what happened to her.

59. Those from the 1980s might remember Rainbow Brite.

Okay, the mask eye holes should always be at the eyes. Anywhere else makes a seemingly cute costume terrifying as hell.

Okay, the mask eye holes should always be at the eyes. Anywhere else makes a seemingly cute costume terrifying as hell.

60. I don’t think this lady is up to anything good this Halloween.

Is she supposed to be a geisha? Please don't tell me she's supposed to be a geisha. That ain't right.

Is she supposed to be a geisha? Please don’t tell me she’s supposed to be a geisha. That ain’t right.

61. I don’t think you’d want to run into these two in a dark alley.

These two could scare off half the neighborhood if they could. After all, all they want is your soul, blood, an brains.

These two could scare off half the neighborhood if they could. After all, all they want is your soul, blood, an brains.

62. Here we come to the ape man and his ghost gal.

At least I hope that's an ape mask. But they sure look so cute together.

At least I hope that’s an ape mask. But they sure look so cute together.

63. Seems like this witch forgot her potion list again.

"So do I need to get eye of newt or tongue of dog? Also, where's my broomstick? Dammit!"

“So do I need to get eye of newt or tongue of dog? Also, where’s my broomstick? Dammit!”

64. Now this has to be an original version of Stranger Things.

Sorry, but that bald waiter doesn't really stand a chance. Those monsters will eat him alive when they have the chance.

Sorry, but that bald waiter doesn’t really stand a chance. Those monsters will eat him alive when they have the chance.

65. Don’t worry, that’s just a harmless little bunny.

Sorry, but that's no ordinary rabbit. Those eyes have no soul. And she'll bit your neck if she can get away with it.

Sorry, but that’s no ordinary rabbit. Those eyes have no soul. And she’ll bit your neck if she can get away with it.

66. This neighborhood was nice until the zombie gangs moved in.

Now they just go around killing people for their brains. It's insane. The cemetery is especially dangerous.

Now they just go around killing people for their brains. It’s insane. The cemetery is especially dangerous.

67. “Want to go to the beach to take someone down? It will be fun.”

Okay, give these two what they want so they don't turn you into a toad. Or something else. Or worse.

Okay, give these two what they want so they don’t turn you into a toad. Or something else. Or worse.

68. Not sure what the hell this is. And I’m not sure if I want to find out.

From Buzzfeed: "And then the kids found out the truth, that Little Billy wasn’t wearing a costume!" Nobody saw or heard them since.

From Buzzfeed: “And then the kids found out the truth, that Little Billy wasn’t wearing a costume!” Nobody saw or heard them since.

69. “Come out and play with us, Danny.”

Sorry, but Danny can't come right now. He has chores to do like not wetting the bed and keeping himself alive.

Sorry, but Danny can’t come right now. He has chores to do like not wetting the bed and keeping himself alive.

70. What’s worse than a killer clown? A Nazi clown.

This picture was taken in Nazi Germany. That's why the kid's clown costume has swastikas on it. Yes, I know it's very offensive.

This picture was taken in Nazi Germany. That’s why the kid’s clown costume has swastikas on it. Yes, I know it’s very offensive.

71. The gnome should keep these cats at bay.

Then again, the gnome may unleash the white kitties to attack at any moment. You never know.

Then again, the gnome may unleash the white kitties to attack at any moment. You never know.

72. No, I don’t want to give you kids candy. Please don’t take me.

Yes, these kids are very terrifying. And yes, I think they could strike you at any moment if you don't give them what they want.

Yes, these kids are very terrifying. And yes, I think they could strike you at any moment if you don’t give them what they want.

73. Jason Voorhees, meet your dream girl.

For us, she could either keep Jason at bay or join him in his slaughter. But she does have a very nice dress.

For us, she could either keep Jason at bay or join him in his slaughter. But she does have a very nice dress.

74. Please beware of the bag people.

They may not seem like much. But they can really take you down without any second thought. You've been warned.

They may not seem like much. But they can really take you down without any second thought. You’ve been warned.

75. Hopefully these robots won’t get too out of hand.

"Humans sighted. Destroy them." Oh shit, I really screwed up on this one.

“Humans sighted. Destroy them.” Oh shit, I really screwed up on this one.

76. So this is how you throw a Halloween party.

"So what do we do tonight? Do we kill some teenagers at some haunted house? Or do we just scare people?"

“So what do we do tonight? Do we kill some teenagers at some haunted house? Or do we just scare people?”

77. I guess these court ladies know how to have a ball.

But piss them off and you'll live to regret it. If you ever live at all. Since they're not nice.

But piss them off and you’ll live to regret it. If you ever live at all. Since they’re not nice.

78. Your friendly neighborhood ghost says hello.

However, remember that first impressions can be deceiving. And he might plan on kidnapping your children. Just a thought.

However, remember that first impressions can be deceiving. And he might plan on kidnapping your children. Just a thought.

79. “I have you now, my pretty.”

Unfortunately, Sweetums was eaten by the wolfman soon afterward. He will be missed.

Unfortunately, Sweetums was eaten by the wolfman soon afterward. He will be missed.

80. The witch and the ghost wish to speak to you.

And I think they mean business. Please don't try to trick them. Or they'll treat you to some torture you won't forget.

And I think they mean business. Please don’t try to trick them. Or they’ll treat you to some torture you won’t forget.

The Haunted World of Halloween Village Houses

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Last year, I did a post on the Christmas village houses which has a long tradition. But you might not know that some traditions that were used exclusively for one holiday could be applied to others. For instance, there aren’t just marshmallow peeps for Easter anymore. Still, other than profit margins, the idea of adapting the Christmas villages for Halloween kind of makes sense. After all, Halloween provides a great opportunity for a spooky village with haunted houses and other buildings. Besides, it’s a very popular holiday that people really get into. And yes, the same companies who sell Christmas village houses are also in the Halloween business. You’ll find not just haunted house collectibles, but also shops with Halloween sounding names, scary figures, and even a gazebo made of skeletons. Like their Christmas counterparts, these little Halloween towns can become very elaborate as well as a very expensive holiday hobby. Yet, like the Christmas villages, there are plenty of people who make their own haunted abodes for their miniature haunted neighborhoods in their home. So for your reading pleasure, I give you some Halloween houses and towns.

  1. Feel free to check into the Bates Motel but you can never check out.
Wait until you meet Norman Bates, a clean cut young man who's a real momma's boy. Also tends to murder women in showers wearing women's clothes.

Wait until you meet Norman Bates, a clean cut young man who’s a real momma’s boy. Also tends to murder women in showers wearing women’s clothes.

2. A purple glitter house is a ghostly haven.

You may see how the ghosts are coming through the windows. Yet, one of them seems rather welcoming.

You may see how the ghosts are coming through the windows. Yet, one of them seems rather welcoming.

3. A haunted village always has to have a deadly backdrop.

You can see how this village has a coffin and tombstone behind it. Yes, someone must've had too much time on their hands.

You can see how this village has a coffin and tombstone behind it. Yes, someone must’ve had too much time on their hands.

4. Enter 936 if you dare.

This black one even lights up inside. And it even has some glittery spiders on it, too.

This black one even lights up inside. And it even has some glittery spiders on it, too.

5. You’ll never know what’s haunted in this Wonderland.

These houses are a mishmash between Halloween and Alice in Wonderland. Then again, I don't think Alice in Wonderland needs a Halloween rendition. Wonderland is creepy enough.

These houses are a mishmash between Halloween and Alice in Wonderland. Then again, I don’t think Alice in Wonderland needs a Halloween rendition. Wonderland is creepy enough.

6. Not sure if this place is entirely abandoned.

Sure it may be covered in straw and have graves in the yard. But it's lit from the inside.

Sure it may be covered in straw and have graves in the yard. But it’s lit from the inside.

7. So if this church is boarded up, why is it lit?

At least with Halloween village houses, you can make them look as decrepit as possible. Because haunted is the thing here.

At least with Halloween village houses, you can make them look as decrepit as possible. Because haunted is the thing here.

8. Apparently, like Santa, these ghosts prefer to take the chimney way out.

Uh, aren't ghosts supposed to be able to go through walls. Then again, chimney is fine.

Uh, aren’t ghosts supposed to be able to go through walls. Then again, chimney is fine.

9. This place is turning into a real ghost town.

After all, it's full of ghosts who seem to love it hear. Love the purple lights from the buildings.

After all, it’s full of ghosts who seem to love it hear. Love the purple lights from the buildings.

10. Sure it looks like a normal house, at first.

But notice how it has a black roof, orange from the inside, as well as a spider and skull on it. Very subtle and very spooky.

But notice how it has a black roof, ghosts from the inside, as well as a spider and skull on it. Very subtle and very spooky.

11. I’d be careful entering a black house with dangling shutters.

Notice how it's lit from the windows. So don't suppose you'll be alone in there.

Notice how it’s lit from the windows. So don’t suppose you’ll be alone in there.

12. I’m afraid everything’s locked here.

Wonder if that ghost is lonely or just wants to be left alone. Love the clock though.

Wonder if that ghost is lonely or just wants to be left alone. Love the clock though.

13. Black glitter and branches can always make homes especially scare worthy.

Helps if the light from the inside, too. Also if you add some trees that light up as well.

Helps if the light from the inside, too. Also if you add some trees that light up as well.

14. Those shutters don’t seemed hold on just right.

Yeah, they seem about to fall off from the windows. The giant spider is also a creepy touch.

Yeah, they seem about to fall off from the windows. The giant spider is also a creepy touch.

15. Sometimes haunted houses can appear they have a life of their own.

This seems like a haunted neighborhood inspired by Dr. Seuss. The house on the left especially emphasizes my point.

This seems like a haunted neighborhood inspired by Dr. Seuss. The house on the left especially emphasizes my point.

16. Orange and black glitter always bring a Halloween shimmer.

Notice how the orange glitter brings out the cobwebs. Love the roof on this, too.

Notice how the orange glitter brings out the cobwebs. Love the roof on this, too.

17. Imagine this spooky town on a high shelf.

Makes it seem that this Halloween town is set on a steep mountain. Seems kind of fitting if you look at it another way.

Makes it seem that this Halloween town is set on a steep mountain. Seems kind of fitting if you look at it another way.

18. Did it just snow here?

Then again, it might just be a frost. But it's hardly a place that sleeps.

Then again, it might just be a frost. But it’s hardly a place that sleeps.

19. Is that house smiling at me?

Well, it somehow seems to be with the banner. Yet, it's also lit from the inside, too.

Well, it somehow seems to be with the banner. Yet, it’s also lit from the inside, too.

20. You might want to beware going near this boarded home.

Did I just see a witch on her broom? That's not a good sign. Also there's light coming from a window.

Did I just see a witch on her broom? That’s not a good sign. Also there’s light coming from a window.

21. A home with a skull sign is a home to avoid.

Well, ain't that the truth. This is especially show if there's a bat on the front and a purple tree.

Well, ain’t that the truth. This is especially show if there’s a bat on the front and a purple tree.

22. Apparently, whoever lives here doesn’t care for visitors.

Another haunted building that seems woefully decrepit. Sure it's bad for neighbor property values. But it's great for Halloween.

Another haunted building that seems woefully decrepit. Sure it’s bad for neighbor property values. But it’s great for Halloween.

23. From this home, you might see some bats in the distance.

Sure bats may look scary. But they do eat a lot of good for us like eat pests. Also, there's Batman.

Sure bats may look scary. But they do eat a lot of good for us like eat pests. Also, there’s Batman.

24. Don’t know why the lights don’t go out at this place.

Then again, it might be a witch's home she shares with ghosts. Yet, love the windows in this one.

Then again, it might be a witch’s home she shares with ghosts. Yet, love the windows in this one.

25. As far as this skeletal abode is concerned, there are no bones about it.

Have to appreciate the sight of blood coming from the windows. This person must have a demented imagination.

Have to appreciate the sight of blood coming from the windows. This person must have a demented imagination.

26. Are you sure you’d want to trick or treat at a place like this?

I don't know. I think kids might be advised to skip this one. Just have a bad feeling about it.

I don’t know. I think kids might be advised to skip this one. Just have a bad feeling about it.

27. Who said a spooky town doesn’t have a nightlife?

Well, it sure seems to have a lot of great shops and many pedestrians. Like how it's situated like a hill.

Well, it sure seems to have a lot of great shops and many pedestrians. Like how it’s situated like a hill.

28. Enter this graveyard if you dare.

This was made from paper mache along with other materials. Like the tombstones here.

This was made from paper mache along with other materials. Like the tombstones here.

29. Sometimes a haunted house just needs all the right decorations.

I especially like how it's situated on a platter like a haunted house on a hill. Also like the tree right beside it.

I especially like how it’s situated on a platter like a haunted house on a hill. Also like the tree right beside it.

30. What’s that light coming from the house?

Maybe it's just a light bulb. Then again, the windows seem to be lined with coffin liner from the inside.

Maybe it’s just a light bulb. Then again, the windows seem to be lined with coffin liner from the inside.

31. For Halloween houses, you might want to have them near a tree of lights.

Each of these is decorated in its own way. There are even orange and black trees in the middle along with moss and rocks.

Each of these is decorated in its own way. There are even orange and black trees in the middle along with moss and rocks.

32. Sometimes all your house needs are cobwebs.

Since they can give the impression of desolation and abandonment. Also like the purple lights.

Since they can give the impression of desolation and abandonment. Also like the purple lights.

33. This little place appears slightly bent with the wind.

Well, it seems to be too small to be regular haunted house. Yet, too big to be an outhouse. Maybe it's just a little cabin or something?

Well, it seems to be too small to be regular haunted house. Yet, too big to be an outhouse. Maybe it’s just a little cabin or something?

34. Sometimes you might see a haunted house come alive.

Now that does look pretty scary. Sure wouldn't want to own a home like that.

Now that does look pretty scary. Sure wouldn’t want to own a home like that.

35. Just because it’s in bright purple doesn’t mean it’s not haunted.

You might want to look at the top window that's shaped like a skull. Yes, that's pretty creepy.

You might want to look at the top window that’s shaped like a skull. Yes, that’s pretty creepy.

36. Sometimes a haunted house just needs to have the right trimmings.

But at least it's not totally abandoned. Just home to a witch, it turns out.

But at least it’s not totally abandoned. Just home to a witch, it turns out.

37. Looks like this place has been left to the bats.

Now this really does seem like an abandoned home you'd see on the road. Just has a very decrepit and unkempt look screaming low property values.

Now this really does seem like an abandoned home you’d see on the road. Just has a very decrepit and unkempt look screaming low property values.

38. What’s that black stuff coming from the windows.

For all I know, it might be a place where teenagers shouldn't hang out, especially if they're the token black in the group. If you're familiar with horror movies, you know where I'm getting at.

For all I know, it might be a place where teenagers shouldn’t hang out, especially if they’re the token black in the group. If you’re familiar with horror movies, you know where I’m getting at.

39. You might want to skip this place or avoid it entirely.

This has to be done by an artist. But it certainly seems like a house you'd see in a horror movie.

This has to be done by an artist. But it certainly seems like a house you’d see in a horror movie.

40. Sometimes green and purple is just as good as black and orange.

This home really seems Halloweened out. Has all the scary things like a witch and bats.

This home really seems Halloweened out. Has all the scary things like a witch and bats.

41. Seems like a hangout spot you’d find in the Village of the Damned.

Still, this isn't a safe place for children. But I do love how this person used vintage Halloween kids for effect.

Still, this isn’t a safe place for children. But I do love how this person used vintage Halloween kids for effect.

42. Sometimes a tower is a great addition.

Despite that a lot of homes don't have one. Nor do they have more than 2 stories either.

Despite that a lot of homes don’t have one. Nor do they have more than 2 stories either.

43. Well, this seems to be a lively haunt in a fireplace.

Granted, it's a small space. But I do like how it's lit up and how the backdrop is used as a night sky.

Granted, it’s a small space. But I do like how it’s lit up and how the backdrop is used as a night sky.

44. Despite the light, everything’s boarded up.