KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It has a spooky sounding name but it's more like Memorial Day than Halloween. "Dia de los Muertos" or "The Day of the Dead" originated in Mexico, but it’s been celebrated all over the country including here in the metro, like Friday night’s celebrations at the Mattie Rhodes Center.
It was an action packed night, a very lively way to honor dead loved ones. There was a parade featuring a skeleton named Betty. Kids painted their faces and people enjoyed the food and music from a Mariachi Band. They also got a lesson about the real reason the Day of the Dead is observed on November 1st and 2nd.
"The idea is that the souls of the loved ones come back to be with us the living on those days. It’s not like you see ghosts or anything crazy like that, but you're talking them up and their spirits are coming back to be with us." Cultural arts director Jenny Mendez said.