Our Brazilian Halloween

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!

Halloween Party at the Condo!

Posted in the elevator just last night


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.

Halloween Candy

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!

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5 Responses to Our Brazilian Halloween

  1. Angela C
    Twitter: Acook2121
    November 2, 2013 at 4:15 am #

    Love it. Last night I was talking to my neighbour about the Trick or Treat, smell my feet song, and she asked if I sang it as a kid in Scotland on Halloween night, and I had to explain that we didn’t ‘trick or treat’ but we went ‘guising’ instead and it was more of a talent contest for money than sweets, I love how each Country has their own spin, the Brazilian kids look amazing :)
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      November 2, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Brian was telling me that when he grew up the kids did little songs or performances to earn a treat. I need to ask him about his costumes! Oh, how I wish there were photos of that. :D

      We used to trick-or-treat in packs, usually about six or eight kids from a few combined families with one adult keeping an eye on us from the sidewalk. All the other parents stayed home to hand out candy and we always got an extra big handful from the houses of our friends. So much fun! Except for the one neighborhood house which went totally overboard on the decorations. I was always too scared to go up to that door!
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  2. Mallory November 2, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    awww, your condo is so fun. that’s the benefit of living in a multiplex of buildings! mine only has 26 apartments and most of the residents are super old. no kids. I’m so glad some brazilian kids get to do Halloween, it is the absolute most exciting and fun holiday for kids. period! i loved trick or treating so much. But seriously…brazil needs to get better candies. No skittles! and the “fun size” bars ;)
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      November 2, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      The kids looked like they were enjoying it so much! I think there will be a lot more next year. One of the boys told us that there were a lot more kids who lived there but didn’t participate because they didn’t understand it, but they saw what was happening and wished they did.

      I was a little worried about the quality of candy I might find, but I think we did pretty well. No skittles! lol.

      I did end up with extra though, so it’s going to work with Brian on Monday. Gotta get it out of my sight!
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      • Mallory November 2, 2013 at 11:49 am #

        next time you go to the US you should stock up on costco bags of candy for next year’s halloween! then you will be the most popular apartment in the building ;)
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