the 2nd of november is the dia de los muertos or day of the dead and is celebrated in mexico and in a lot of the southwest states of the U.S. it is a day where those who have died are welcomed back home to spend a day with loved ones. usually altars are prepared with photos and things the deceased would like. some even have picnics in graveyards where the departed are the guests of honour. family members and even pets are not just fondly remembered but considered still members of the family. it is based on the idea that life is but a dream and when you die you wake up to your real life.
on the day of the dead they come to visit and party like nobody's business. i think dia de los muertos is cooler than halloween for its decorations and music, for its sense of festival and especially for its art. it might seem like all skeletons but they're all cool, partying skeletons!