We joked that Gracie's "SCARY" Halloween costume could be the "Grouchy Gringa" and she could yell at kids in English in an old lady's voice..."Stop making all that racket!" and "What are you brats doing ringing my doorbell!". :-)
Far from scaring our trick or treating friends, we actually ran out our door and practically begged all four of them to come take a treat!
Our dear friends, Alonso, Maria Eugenia, and Andrea were over for dinner and all seven of us left the house to gawk at the small group crowded on the steep stairs that pass for our street. The sight of us all running out to witness this anomaly probably did scare them!
Earlier in the evening, Grace and Theo dressed up for our benefit. Theo dressed as a Chilean soccer fan and Gracie was a Peruvian flute player! Thus the Chile vs. Perú photo op. But it turns out our kids are a bit old for Chilean trick-or-treating.
So a fairly uneventful evening as far as Halloween goes. It seems as if Halloween in Chile is more of a US marketing import, in order to sell candy and costumes, than a holiday enjoyed by throngs of kids. I think we're all missing running around with friends and visiting all our favorite neighbors back in awesome Lyndale Neighborhood tonight.
And of course, because we handed out only four pieces of candy, we're back to last year's quandary. I quote from Theo's post from November 2010 (our most read post to date):
My mom says that I cannot take it with us to Chile (substitute the US here) and I cannot eat all of that
candy before we go. I need suggestions! Post a comment below. Theo"
Funny how some things have changed so much and others not at all, in one year's time.
Happy Halloween to all of you!