There is no Halloween in Ecuador.
The celebration is actually illegal in schools due to a presidential decree.
The idea behind it is that Halloween is not original for Ecuador and the schools should celebrate the autochthonous holidays instead.
What Ecuador does celebrate, is November 1st of Day of the Deceased.
Similar to the Mexican Day of the Dead but not quite the same.
Here the festivity is more about visiting your family member’s graves and celebrating their lives.
|JUST IN CASE IT IS NOT CLEAR, THIS IS COSTUME OF A HOUSE FLY.|
Most of the Ecuadorians spend the day in the graveyard, talking, eating, drinking, laughing, dancing and playing football by the graves.
The deceased family members are informed about everything that has been going on in the lives of the living family.
Who has a new boyfriend, who got married, who got a baby, every scandal, happy occasion and rumor is visited and passed on.
|A BEE WITH HER FAVORITE FLOWER|
The most traditional ones place part of the food and drink on the grave, for the loved ones to enjoy.
But not having Halloween celebrations is no reason for Ecuadorian’s to not dress up in a costume and have fun.
There are various days when the children have a good reason for a costume.
And if there is no reason, that’s a good reason too.
Here are some DIY costumes from my years of special education here in Ecuador.
All the costumes were made together with the special education teachers and teacher’s aids.