Trick or Treating in Mexico

Trick or Treating in Mexico

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go trick or treating in Mexico? Well, here’s our experience from last night.

We waited as usual until our first batch of trick or treaters arrive so we could go out. Then we gave them candy and joined with them to go around to the rest of the houses in the neighborhood. It’s one of the only chances we have to get to know our neighbors during the year, even if we have to go out even after the boys’ bedtime.

The kids go around and sing a song that they usually don’t really know. Sometimes it seems that costumes are optional. The most popular costume is probably witches. For boys, dracula or pirates are fairly common. Our kids went as super heroes.

Unfortunately, the candy we got isn’t the wonderful chocolaty candy that we love like Snickers and M&Ms. Some of it is covered in chili power, and the most popular candy option was lollipops.

Overall, though, our kids had fun and we got to meet some neighbors.

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Pumpkin Carving 2009

I made this quick little video on the Animoto app on my iPhone. We had a great time carving pumpkins and eating their seeds.

Pumpkins – 2008 edition

Here are the pumpkins we did this year:

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And here are some pictures of us carving the spongebob pumpkin. It took about 2 hours to complete. Nathan was really good and helped me a lot.

Daddy and Nathan and our pumpkin Pumpkin Carving 3

We got the pattern from They have some great templates for pumpkins.

Halloween in Mexico

Halloween in Mexico

As I’ve mentioned before, Halloween is growing in popularity in our part of Mexico City. The stores are full of Halloween costumes and other things related to the holiday. I think I’ve seen more stuff related to Halloween than Day of the Dead.

Christians, however, have definitely taken a stand-off approach to Halloween. The picture that accompanies this post was taken at ExpoCristiana two weekends ago (click here to see the pic). In case you don’t know Spanish, it says, “Say ‘No’ to Halloween.”

Tomorrow, in my Youth Culture class, we will be having a discussion about a Christian’s perspective on Halloween and The Day of the Dead. I want them to think about their own beliefs instead of traditional teaching. It should be interesting. I’ll report back.

In the meantime, what’s your perspective on Halloween?