Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halloween in Argentina

Halloween has come and gone, but up until the 31st I wondered how, or even if Argentineans celebrated Halloween. It turns out that the answer is YES, but to a limited extent.  
 
At the supermarket nearest to me, I found that they advertised the purchase of candy for Halloween. The tagline here however is “Halloween! La Fiesta de las golosinas!” which means “Halloween! The holiday of the candy!” Granted, in the U.S., Halloween takes on a different meaning. However, supermarkets like Libertad, Walmart and Carrefour all carried a small collection of Halloween decorations, masks and costumes. I even found a store in downtown Cordoba called Ferniplast, which carried a larger selection of Halloween items.
Trick R Treat
Kids don't seem to trick r 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 are held in certain places like malls, or special events.

Zombie Walk Cordoba
There's Cordoba’s Annual Zombie Walk, which was a pleasant surprise. It’s not limited to one province of course. 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 … watch out!

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