#DiadeLosMuertos, or #DayOfTheDead, is not the same as Halloween.
The holiday started in Mexico and Central America, where groups including the Aztec, Maya and Toltec celebrated loved ones who had died. After the Spanish came, the ritual of commemorating the dead was mixed with the Spanish holidays of All Saints Day on Nov. 1 and All Soul’s Day on Nov. 2.
Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life, not death, and the ofrenda—the most recognized symbol of Día de los Muertos—is a temporary altar where families honor loved ones.
Flowers, butterflies and skulls are typically used as symbols. The skulls aren't meant to be morbid but as a whimsical reminder of the cycle of life, which is why they are brightly decorated.
Photo from our @slc_latino, who you can follow for more on Día de los Muertos.