This isn’t our first Halloween in Brazil, but it’s the first one during which the kids of our apartment building will be coming around in their costumes, trick-or-treating. How exciting!
I may have preferred that we get a little more than one day’s notice about it, but at least I still had time to run to the store for candy before the fun starts.
And I’m unclear on whether it’s expected that Brian and I also dress up in costumes just to hand out the candy, or if the costumes are only for the kids who go to the actual party in the party room. We’re just going to risk it and not wear costumes.
A decision made easy by the fact that we don’t have costumes.
I suppose I could paint my face and be some kind of zombie, but I don’t want to waste the lipstick.
So now we wait for nightfall, when we get to see these little Brazilians doing their version of my beloved American holiday.
It’s now 10pm and I think we can safely say we’ve had our last little spook for the night. They were adorable!
They all wore scary style costumes. There are no superheroes or princesses here on Halloween. Instead we had witches, more witches, a few vampires and some serial killers.
They all laughed and smiled, and said, “Doces ou travessuras!”, which literally translates to “Sweets or mischief”.
And we even got the group of older boys with no costumes trailing around later than the rest, hoping for big handouts of all the leftovers. We did make the one with the mask in his pocket put it on for the photo, and they were just too sweet to refuse.
I have to say we really enjoyed it, and loved seeing all the kids having so much fun. They were so smiley!
And it felt almost American. I think next year we’re going to decorate our front door with some spider webs and a blood smear or two. Now that our own babies are all grown up we both miss so much of these fun family nights. We’ll gladly get involved in the community games and enjoy the local kids while we can.
Trick or treat!