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Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos Altares

HSI STEM Impact Program student workers pose with Dia de lost Muertos Altar, October 2018.

Altares are an important aspect of Día de los Muertos celebrations. You're invited to place an image of a deceased family member or another person you admire on an altar on campus. Día de los Muertos Altares will be located in the following spots around campus:

  • Honors College, Lampasas Hall, October 1 - November 4
  • DHSI Programs, Nueces Hall, Second Floor, October 28 - November 1
  • MMI, SSI and DHSI Programs, Undergraduate Academic Center, First Floor Lobby area, October 28 - November 1
  • PACE Peer Mentoring, Commons Dining Hall, Room 229, October 28 - November 1
  • Student Diversity and Inclusion, Dean of Students, and Hispanic Policy Network, The Hub at LBJ Student Center, October 29 - November 1
  • World Languages and Literature, Centennial Hall 214 and 157, October 28-November 4
  • The Graduate College, JCK 280, October 29 - November 1

Here is a map of altares located across campus!

If you are a Texas State University student, we invite you to visit all the altares on campus. Take a selfie at each altar and email them to by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4. You might be a winner!

Coco: Film and Discussion

Movie Poster for the film Coco

Please join us for a viewing and discussion of the film Coco. In this film, a young boy journeys to the land of the dead on Día de los Muertos.  In addition to watching the film, we'll have a conversation about the significance of the holiday and a question and answer time after the film. Snacks will be provided.

  • Wednesday, October 30
  • 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • ELA 118

Pan Dulce Para El Alma

Faculty, staff, students, and peers are invited to create community, learn about Día De Los Muertos, and connect with university resources at Pan Dulce Para El Alma.

  • Thursday, October 31
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • LBJSC 3-13.1

Representation of Death in Literature Around the World

The 2019 Día de los Muertos Representation of Death in Literature around the World will address the extraordinary ways literature represents death in one or more literary categories: novel, essay, lyric poems, fairy tales, crime story, fantasy or science-fiction. Death is represented in literature in many aspects: attitudes towards death, funerary rituals, ways of ending life/dying, death of the Other(s), my death (“death at first person”), afterlife images, corpse, etc.

  • Date: Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Place: Centennial Hall Teaching Theater (157)


Death is the most dependable counterpart of life. It is the skeleton that gives form to the fundamental structure of our existential nature and the common denominator that equalizes the vast diversity of all things living: DEATH. Despite the global consensus of Death’s undeniable presence, we approach it, the traditions through which we exhibit it, the rituals we perform treating the remains of our dead, and how literature represents it are it are uniqueness that shape our Cultural Identities. 

Our Goals for Día de los Muertos Celebrations

Increase of sense of belonging for Hispanic and Latinx students.


Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life, ancestral connection and heritage. This event provides a direct service to students and other community members who identify as Hispanic or Latinx to participate in a significant cultural event on campus. This event connects Hispanic and Latinx students to peers with a shared cultural identity and foster greater visibility and pride for the Hispanic and Latinx community at Texas State.


Improve non-Hispanic and Latinx individuals’ appreciation of a beloved tradition of Hispanic and Latinx cultures.

The week of events encourages the authentic engagement of non-Hispanic or -Latinx students, faculty, and staff, by inviting them to create their own altares to honor their relatives or perhaps contribute to departmental altares to honor “heroes” of their respective disciplines who have passed. Campus community members who have not previously understood the meaning and customs of Día de los Muertos will come to understand the holiday as a Hispanic or Latinx expression of honor for deceased loved ones and ancestors.