Coco Disney Day

“Know that I’m with you the only way that I can be, until you’re in my arms again-Remember me.”

– “Remember Me” from Disney Pixar Coco

I absolutely love Coco. I have a video of two of my boys singing “Remember Me” when they were smaller and the movie had just come out, and it’s one of my most cherished memories, ever.

We started our Coco day a day early by making Conchas when we had a chunk of time in the afternoon. Conchas (Pan Dulce) take quite a bit of time- but they are delicious and so worth it. The boys loved starting our Coco day by dipping them in hot chocolate, and having some again while watching the movie.

After our morning routine of school and all that jazz, we made our Skeleton Jars/Luminaries. These are easy and very cool or decorate with when finished. The boys put them up for Halloween, and if you celebrate Dia de los Muertos- they are a great addition to decorations for both, in my opinion.

When the kiddos were watching the movie (and enjoying more Conchas), I made the Tamale Muffins on my own (for time’s sake). These are easy and delicious, and could be fun for a party in general. Traditional Tamales are a staple during many Mexican festivals and holidays, so it seemed right to do our Coco day with this recipe.

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! Did you do a family costume? Here are my three dragons (and princess… baby Groot…) at their best on Halloween!

Star Lord, baby Groot, Grinch, and Max

Easy Tamale “Muffins”

Who loves tamales? If you raised your hand, you’re with me. However, I cannot for the life of me cook good tamales. Something always goes wrong. These tamale muffins, however? These I can do, which is why I chose them for our Coco Disney Day. Even if they’re not as authentic.


  • 2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 3/4 C frozen corn
  • 1 C Sour Cream
  • 1/4 C Melted Butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 Beef
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • Mexican Shredded Cheese
  • Red Enchilada Sauce
  • Cialntro, for serving, if desired


  • Preheat your oven to 400.
  • Mix together your cornbread base by combining: corn muffin mix, corn, sour cream, butter, and eggs. Whisk until evenly combined (no dry spots).
  • Lightly spray your muffin tin and use a medium cookie/ice cream scoop to put batter in cups. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • While they’re cooking, brown your hamburger and add your spices.
  • Use a shot glass to push down in the middle (kind of like we did for the Up Cookie Cups) to make them cups.
  • Let cool in pan for five minutes or so. Then top with your ground beef, about a teaspoon to tablespoon of red enchilada sauce, and as much cheese as desired.
  • Broil Cups for five minutes or less, until the cheese begins to brown. Top with cilantro if desired!
Recipe inspired from Mini Tamale Pies on

DIY Skeleton Jars (Coco inspired Dia de Los Muertos Luminaries)

Coco has been a favorite since it was released. I remember when we bought it, and my littles memorized “Remember Me”. My middle dragon pretended to play it on his ukulele, and my oldest would sing the words. I can’t watch the video, or the movie, without crying.

For our Coco day, we decided to make our own luminaries with a twist. Instead of making them out of paper, we made them with glass jars. We personally used washed jars from Oui Yogurt, but you could use mason jars or anything you have on hand!


  • Glass Jar of Some Kind
  • Sharpie/ Permanent Marker, thin tip
  • Glow Sticks
  • Tissue Paper


  • Decorate the glass jars with permanent markers. We did Sugar Skull designs which turned out really nicely with my oldest! (My other two just ended up drawing whatever they wanted.)
  • Roll your glow stick (already glowing) into the tissue paper ever so slightly and maneuver it into your jar. (This wasn’t very easy with the smaller jars, especially when replacing the glow sticks, but we made it work!)
  • Add extra tissue paper if needed.

The dragons loved these. They insisted on putting them in their rooms as little night lights, but I intend to set them out in a special spot come Halloween/ Dia de los Muertos!