The clothing worn for Day of the Dead celebrations varies by region, but people generally dress up in fine clothing and often paint their faces in bright colors. Many people wear colorful skull masks.
Many women wear traditional Mexican dresses for the holiday, which include full skirts and loose blouses. These are usually in bright colors and may have elaborate embroidery or other designs. Men may wear an old-fashioned top hat and tailcoat to dress up like El Catrin, a festive death character. Other people wear dressy modern clothing. In some areas, facepainting is limited to colorful flowers, religious symbols and abstract designs. In other areas, sugar skull designs are popular. Day of the Dead skull masks are designed to be festive rather than frightening.