PROVO — The ancient Mexican El Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is cause for a Halloween-type celebration Nov. 2 at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, 700 N. 100 East, in Provo.

The traditional observation includes an altar of food, flowers and other items in the gallery for visitors between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., said education coordinator Tammy Messick. "It's geared to all ages, so families, students and community members are invited to participate," she said.

For $1, visitors can decorate a sugar skull with icing and sequins, a Mexican tradition. "Visitors can take home or eat their skull if they are looking for a sugar high," she said. Admission is free.

Visitors may color a skull mask to scare the souls back to their graves or do a word-search for a prize.

The Day of the Dead is considered by many Mexicans to be the most important religious observance of the year. Honoring the dead is of paramount importance to observers and dates back to the Aztecs.