Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow are excited to invite you and your family to their annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration in downtown Emporia!


The Dia de Los Muertos holiday, which is celebrated mostly in Mexico on November 1 and 2, is like a family reunion—except ancestors that have passed are the guests of honor. Day of the Dead is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and celebrate their memory.

Modern observances vary from region to region. In some rural areas, families adorn grave sites with candles, marigolds, and the favorite foods of deceased relatives in an attempt to persuade the loved ones to return for a family reunion. In urban areas, people take to the street for festive celebrations and indulge in the consumption of food and alcohol. Some wear wooden skull masks known as calacas. Many families build altars, called ofrendas, in their homes, using photos, candles, flowers, and food.

This event is a partnership between Hispanics of Today & Tomorrow (H.O.T.T.) and Emporia Main Street. Start the day off with the Dia De Los Muertos Parade at 10:30 am. The parade starts at 7th Avenue and runs North on Commercial Street to 11th Ave . After the parade, take part in the Emporia Main Street Downtown Trick or Treat and Costume Contest until 12:30 pm then head over to the celebration in the 800 & 900 blocks of Commercial Street. The event includes traditional music, food, and Dia de Los Muertos fun and Merchandise. Proceeds from this event go to educational funds to the local Hispanic community in the form of college scholarships. For more information on H.O.T.T. visit hottemporia.org.

To register to participate in the parade or to be a vendor at the event, keep scrolling.

Schedule of Events

10:30 am:
Parade of the Living Dead (begins at 7th and Commercial and ends at 11th and Commercial). Click here to register for the parade.

10:30 am-12:30 pm
Emporia Main Street's Trick or Treat (more info to come)

10:30 am - 5pm:
Celebration is in the 800/900 Blocks of Commercial Street. Food, music, face painting, crafts, and much more!

Register to be a Vendor

A booth fee is $75.00 for a booth space of 12 x 15. Vendors are responsible for their own tables, tents, extention cords and powerstrips. Streets will close at 8:00 a.m. Vehicles will be allowed entrance to unload until 10 am. Any arrivals after 10 a.m. will have to carry their items into the event area. 

All booths must be fully functional by 10:30 a.m. 

Electricity will be provided for an additional $10 charge and will be on a first come first serve basis. This is one household plug in. No Powerstrips. No loud generators with heavy exhausts will be allowed.

La tarifa por puesto es de $75.00 por un espacio de 12 pies por 15. Los proveedores serán responsables de sus propias mesas, carpas, cables de extensión y tomas de corriente. Las calles se cerrarán a las 8:00 a.m. Se permitirá la entrada de vehículos para descargar hasta las 10 a.m. Todo el que llegue después de las 10 a.m. tendrá que traer sus artículos cargados al área del evento.

Todos los puestos deberán estar en pleno funcionamiento a las 10:30 a.m.

La electricidad se proporcionará por un cargo adicional de $10 y será por orden de llegada. Esto se refiere a un enchufe doméstico. No se permitirá regletas de enchufes (powerstrips). No se permitirán generadores ruidosos con escapes excesivos.

Fill out the form below or click for an  printable application. Please turn printed apps into Emporia Main Street, 727 Commercial Street. There are no refunds for canceling your vendor registration.

Complete el formulario a continuación o haga clic para obtener una solicitud.


All Vendors must comply with the Kansas Department Tax Standards. Please click on the tax docs below to print off your forms.

Todos los proveedores deben cumplir con las normas fiscales del Departamento de Kansas. Haga clic en los documentos fiscales a continuación para imprimir sus formularios.

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration 2023 Tax Certificate

Tax Tip Sheet Special Events

Taxable food flow chart  

Dia de los Muertos Vendor Application & Payment

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  • 12x15 space. Espacio 12 x 15.
  • Specifications: 110 GFI Max. This is one typical household outlet. NO powers strips. If you don't need electricity, please select "not needed."/Especificaciones: 110 GFI Max. Este es un enchufe doméstico típico. NO hay tiras de energía. Si no necesita electricidad, seleccione "no es necesario".
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    By submitting this form hereinafter I will be referred to as the “Vendor”, have fully read all the guidelines outlined within this contract and that I fully understand said guidelines. I will follow and uphold them to their fullest extent so that the outcome of this event is nothing but a complete success. Furthermore, I understand that if my booth is found to be in violation of any portion of this contract, my contract may be nullified, I may be asked to pack my things and leave immediately and it may jeopardize any future vendor application submissions for all future HOTT events. With that said, I hereby sign everything stated within this contract. Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow are NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS/Al enviar este formulario en lo sucesivo, se me denominará el "Proveedor", habré leído completamente todas las pautas descritas en este contrato y que comprendo completamente dichas pautas. Yo seguiré y sostendré ellos en toda su extensión para que el resultado de este evento no sea más que un éxito total. Además, entiendo que si se determina que mi stand infringe cualquier parte de este contrato, mi contrato puede ser anulado, se me puede pedir que Empacar mis cosas y salir de inmediato y puede poner en peligro cualquier envío de solicitud de proveedor futuro para todos los futuros eventos HOTT. Dicho esto, por la presente firmo todo lo que se indica en este contrato. Los hispanos de hoy y de mañana NO SON RESPONSABLES DE NINGÚN ACCIDENTE

Registered Vendors

Hispanics of Today & Tomorrow

Mis Antojitos - Food Truck

Adrian Sanchez- Cafe de Olla, empanadas, photo prints

Arturo Vazquez- T-Shirts

BeliEve & AchiEve- leisure wear for men and women 

Berta- Toys, Bracelets, Hats

Concepcion Cruz- Tacos 

Danny Sun- Clothing, Tote bags, earring

Denise James- handmade headwear & jewelry

Emporia Public Library- Free Craft Activity  

Emporia Spanish Speakers 

Fabiola Funez- Face paint & balloons 

Face Art With Rose

Flint Hills Technical College

Hannah Logue- Handmade rugs, quilts, resin products 

Ibarra Tacos 

Isabel Garcia- Tacos, Gorditas, Quesadillas

Isabel Valencia - Halloween Keychains 

JD's Pizza 

Jovitas Tacos

Gabriela Rodrigues- Aguas Fresca & Furta

Marcelina Rueda- Mexican food 

Mary Thowe- Freeze Dried Candy

Melissa Burnside- Scenty

Mexus Precast 

Perrys Pork Rinds 

Sabrina Martinez- 100% soy wax candles 

Silvia Cotacachi Zapatos- Native Items 

Spartan Boxing Club 

Virginia Robbins-Paparazzi Jewelry 

Virginia Oropeza - Handmade crafts from Mexico.

Richardo Moreno- Tamales

Rinconsito Mexicano- soccerballs & bracelets 

Rhonda Enery- Freeze Dried Candy

Street Cats Club  

Care Arc


Mytown Media 

Nex-Tech Wireless