What could be more symbolic of life and death than a human skull? Often serving as a reminder of our mortality, skulls are commonly used to depict all things dark and gruesome. Even a cute and peaceful drawing can suddenly take on a tinge of the macabre by adding a skull or two. Moreover, they can appear even more sinister when paired with other objects, such as flowers, ribbons, or candles. That said, skulls can also be a way to celebrate and honor the life of a deceased loved one, such as on Día de los Muertos, aka The Day of the Dead.
Go ahead and gaze into the soulless, empty eye sockets below—you might just notice something flicker out of the corner of your eye.