Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halloween in Argentina

Halloween has come and gone, but up until the 31st, I wondered how, or even IF Argentinians celebrated Halloween. It turns out that the answer is YES, but to a limited extent.
Argentine supermarkets don't seem to focus too much on costumes. I'm guessing trick or treat isn't a big thing here. The stores used the tagline: “Halloween! La Fiesta de las golosinas,” which means “Halloween! The holiday of candies.” In the U.S., Halloween takes on a different meaning. However, Argentine supermarkets like Libertad, Walmart and Carrefour only carried a small collection of Halloween decorations, masks, and costumes. I did however find a store in downtown Cordoba called Ferniplast, which carried a larger selection of Halloween items, including masks. 
Trick Or Treat 
Kids don't seem to Trick Or Treat in Argentina. It's most likely due to the fact that most people are either unwilling, or unable to purchase large bags of candy to hand out to kids when they come knocking on the door. 
Costume Contest 
Costume contests appear to be limited to dance clubs, but I haven't seen anything that suggests that folks here get all dressed up, unless of course, there's a zombie invasion. 
Zombie Walk Cordoba 

There's Cordoba’s Annual Zombie Walk, which was a pleasant surprise. It’s not limited to one province either. The zombie walk is held throughout Argentina. Hundreds of people come dressed as their favorite zombies. Some even dress up as members of Resident Evil’s Umbrella Corporation. I’m told that while most citizens are amused by the zombies, others tend to get annoyed because of the traffic problems it produces. 
I have to admit, I wasn’t prepared at all for Halloween in Argentina this year, but next year will hopefully be a different story. 

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