Dia de los Muertos is not "Mexican Halloween" it is a way people of Mexico and parts of Central and South America honor the dead.

Traditional dancing, sugar skull building, face painting, music and about 50 alters filled 36th Street Wednesday evening. Norma Hernandez from the California Endowment said they built the alter for people in memory of those who passed away in the Oak Park community.

"This is our way of bringing our people back," Hernandez said.

Dia de los Muertos was started by the Aztecs and historians believe it has been celebrated for 3,000 years.

While the music was playing local singers got on stage and sang with the mariachi. Isabel Rosas is one of local singers who participated in the festivities.

"This is a Mexican tradition, we celebrate not the death but the life, of our love ones that are gone," said Rosas, "It is a happy day that's why you hear the music, dancing, all that but it is what is what we are celebrating Dia de los Muertos, the day of the dead."

If you missed out on the festivities click below for more Dia de los Muertos events in November.