Halloween: Guatemala-Style

Halloween: Guatemala-Style

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.  After all, what’s not to love about a day you get to dress up in a fun costume and then get a bunch of free candy?

Even as an adult, I get super-excited about Halloween and will wait around for kids to show up at my door.  In one house that I lived in a while back, I would get at least 200 kids.  The first year I was there I ran out of candy about 20 minutes into Halloween night and had to send a friend out to the store to buy more.  Unfortunately, all that was left were bags of Dum Dum lollipops. I’m surprised the house didn’t get egged that year.

I was much better prepared the following year and counted how many pieces of candy I had prior to the kids showing up…which is how I know that I’d gotten over 200 kids each year.  And I had a lot of fun with it.  I’d dress up and I’d also dress up my dog (yes, I’m one of those people).  My cat, Oreo, being a bit more sophisticated, would have no part of it. I’d take pictures of all the kids and then post them on a big board the following year so that in addition to their candy they could take home the picture of what they wore the previous year.  The parents loved it – and the huge coffee maker I had to give them coffee.

Even when I lived in places where I wouldn’t get kids, I’d dress up and go out.

So, yes, I totally get into Halloween.

Unfortunately, however, they don’t celebrate Halloween in Guatemala. So these past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling a bit down because something that I enjoy so much just doesn’t happen here.  I bought a small pumpkin but didn’t even have the heart to carve it.

I happened to be talking with the neighbor who lives behind my house the week before Halloween and I asked him if he was familiar with the U.S. Halloween.  He said yes, and I remarked that it didn’t seem that Halloween wasn’t celebrated in Guatemala. He agreed, but said that if I wanted, his kids could come to my house for Halloween.

Of course I said yes, and went out the next day and bought some candy bars and fun colored pencils.  He has two kids, but I bought a couple extra, just in case.

Thank goodness I did, because around 7 p.m. on Halloween night I heard a drum beating and some people chanting “Halloween! Halloween!” outside.  I grabbed my candy bowl and ran out to meet them.  He had invited some other people as well, and all of them – kids and adults – were dressed up.  They were carrying candles as they walked down the dirt road to my house.

Amidst a lot of laughter I managed to get one photo and handed out candy to his kids and the other kids that had tagged along  With a great big “thank you” and one more chorus of “Halloween! Halloween!” they turned, raised their candles high to light the way, and went home…and I went back into my house with a very happy heart.


  1. Becky Cleland 5 years ago

    Oh, what a fun story!! It makes a very funny picture, to think of them playing a drum and chanting “Halloween, Halloween!” I love it!! Thank you for sharing. I’m glad your Halloween turned out to be such fun after all! ^^

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      Spirit Evolution 5 years ago

      Thank you! 😊

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