Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertxs Community Celebration

Event Start Date:
November 1, 2020
Event End Date:
November 1, 2020
Event Venue:
The Woodland


The Maplewood Division of Arts & Culture, together with Cross Cultural Works, and the MAPSO Latinx community invite you to The Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertxs Celebration, at the Woodland on November 1st, 2020.  In this Cultural Celebration of one of the most colorful and meaningful days of the year, we will pay homage to our ancestors, as well as, this year, honoring those who have died from COVID-19 and Black Lives lost at the hands of police brutality.

Originating in Mexico and celebrated throughout the world, The Day of the Dead is where family and friends gather to reflect on and pay tribute to loved ones who have passed on. It is believed that during this time, their souls return home to live with living relatives and to be nourished by the essence of the food and drink offered to them on the altars. Traditions connected with the holiday include building altars using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods of the deceased to celebrate their lives. Come to learn the special meaning of each object on the altars!

While Halloween focuses upon the grisly or frightening aspects of death and the dead, The Day of the Dead is a celebration of their lives, a happy occasion to honor and remember loved ones who have departed this life. Despite its name, Day of the Dead is considered cheerful event rather than one of mourning.

Community Celebration
The Day of the Dead Community Celebration will be held November 1st, 2020 in the Woodland West Side Patio. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy activities, listen to traditional music, including the Mariachi Academy of New York. To fully participate in this joyous occasion, bring pictures of loved ones, marigolds, and pan de muerto, a traditional Mexican sweet bread, to add to the altars. This event is free with registration; families can register for ONE of the following hour slots:  1pm-2pm, 2:30pm-3:30pm and 4pm-5pm.

With COVID-19 Guidelines, all guests must register, wear a mask, and maintain social distance at both the Craft Day and Community Celebration. Free Registration:

COVID19 Guidelines

The Township of Maplewood understands that these changes and new rules may be difficult at first, however they are intended to mitigate contact between people in township-owned buildings to lower the spread of Covid-19. The Township of Maplewood cannot guarantee that individuals will not be exposed to COVID-19 while in township buildings, however, if we work together, we can offer performances, classes and events that are as safe as possible, and socially distanced.

  • Doors on both sides of the venue will be open for better ventilation, please make sure you were layers and weather appropriate clothes.
  • All patrons and guests over the age of 2 must wear masks for the entire time that they are in the WOODLAND, including during the performance, class or event unless it is not medically feasible to do so.  The mask must cover the mouth and nose. Patrons, participants and guests refusing to wear a mask will not be permitted to attend the performance, class or event and will not be eligible to receive a refund or exchange of ticket(s).
  • Mask can be removed while sitting on your chair/table.
  • Please do not attend a performance, class or event if you are an "at-risk" individual:

·         exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or

·         have been in contact with someone with symptoms within the past 14 days, or

·         traveled from an area with a travel advisory due to high COVID transmission rates

  • If you choose to attend a performance, class or event, then you are assuming all risks related to being exposed to COVID-19, and Woodland Management and The Township of Maplewood will not be held responsible.
  •   All patrons must have their tickets printed or available on their phone.
  •   All patrons, participants and guests must use the sanitizing station at the Woodland door entrance before they enter the room.
  •  All patrons will be escorted to their seats and will be encouraged to stay in their designated areas with the exception of departing the building or using the bathroom.
  •  Individuals and households who purchase or reserve tickets together may be seated together, however they must maintain six feet distance from all other groups or individuals in all directions.
  • All patrons must adhere to social distancing while attending a performance, class or event. Floor decals will indicate where you can stand. Patrons not adhering to the social distancing guidelines will not be permitted to attend the performance, class or event and may be asked to leave the venue.
  •  All patrons, participants and guests must adhere to directions given by Woodland management and Maplewood Township Staff while inside the venue or on the grounds of The Woodland.
  • Most events will be limited to a maximum of 90 minutes without intermission or opportunity to mingle for performance events.
  • Food and beverage will only be permitted while sitting down on assigned seats/tables.
  • All guidelines and rules are subject to change, and new rules may be added as instructed by guidelines and directives from the Maplewood Health Division as well as the Governor of New Jersey.

Seating and Emergency Exits

o   As of 4/3/21 the State of New Jersey is allowing performing arts venues to have a 35% capacity or 150, whichever is the lesser. With a total capacity of 352, the Great Hall can seat 125 people.

o   The Township of Maplewood must provide accessible seating within the reduced capacity limitation. At a minimum we will provide 4 accessible seating areas that are wheelchair assessible as well as an additional entrance access for ADA compliance.