When we think of October 31 in the U.S., our first thoughts is of Halloween. However, did you know that same day can also mark the beginning of Day of the Dead festivities? However, it should definitely not be confused with Halloween--it's a different custom altogether. Thanks to Disney's movie, 'Coco,' some of us are more familiar with it. In case you're not or need a refresher:

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is holiday celebrating beloved family and friends who have died. Festival-goers seek to show respect and love for those who've passed by engaging in an what could be described as an eruption of joy and color, singing and dancing, parades, and making offerings. That is where those brightly-colored skulls and costumes come in to the celebrations. It's celebrated throughout Latin America, Europe, and the United States--and yes, that particularly includes Texas.

Learn more about some of the traditions surrounding the holiday and check out some of the best places to join in the celebration here in the Lone Star State here.