Barbie isn’t where we’d traditionally look for spooky designs and horror toys – but it’s pretty awesome to see she’s getting a darker makeover for Halloween 2019.
The limited edition doll is part of a larger series which aims to make the brand more diverse and features women from a variety of cultures. Female characters from the Star Wars universe, and real historical figures are also featured in the series. Mattel described the doll “Inspired by the traditional Mexican holiday, this stunning doll features a flaminco-styled dress decorated in printed flowers, a marigold floral crown, and her face is painted as skull.”
Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday, which is celebrated between October 31 and November 2nd. Colorful costumes and skull motifs are among the most recognizable traditions of the holiday – and can be found in parades and ceremonies throughout the holiday. The most famous sugar skull costumes were inspired by La Catrina, the popular character created by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada in the early 20th century, as a satire to criticize the influence of European culture into Mexico.
Day of the Dead Barbie also wears a crown made of Marigold flowers, also know as Cempasúchil in Mexico. This flower is a key item during the celebration as it is the one that paves the way of those who are coming back from the afterlife.
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