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Monday, November 01, 2004

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

That was the chant of a little boy dressed like dracula on the main plaza of Coyoacan last night. Thanks to WalMart, halloween is moving into Mexico. Costumes and candy are on sale at WalMart and its grocery-store affiliate, Superama. They have nearly replaced traditional Day of the Dead candy and offerings at the large tiendas de autoservicio. Unfortunately, most Mexican families only half understand the idea of Halloween. The kids get dressed up and carry their little plastic pumpkins, but they do it for 3-4 days straight. All weekend. And since most Mexicans don't understand that Halloween for kids is about CANDY, they give the kids coins. So of course, some kids expect coins. And worse yet, the parents that bring their kids to enjoy Halloween in public spaces, don't even bring candy to give other parents' kids. Lucky there were a couple of prepared gringos last night with bags of sour bloody eyeball gumballs to hand out to the kiddos.

Top 10 most popular costumes for Mexican children for Halloween:
1. Babies dressed as pumpkins
2. Wednesday from the Adaams Family
3. Dracula
4. Catarina, the famous Mexican day of the dead figure
5. Harry Potter
6. Mummy
7. Scarecrow
8. Ambiguous devil child
9. Witch
10. No costume, plastic pumkin, give me money

On other fronts, I have managed to revise a paper to submit to a Mexican journal, and have cleared off my desk.

posted by Michelle @ 6:56 PM,


At 11/02/2004 11:38 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Pienso k tu blog es chidoso. Voy a chekar cada dia, entonces debes k escribir, chika. Y kyen dice k Hallowing duro solamente una noche. Vida es bien dark y bien dark es la vida. -El principe del oscuridad.


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