Here's Margarita dressed up for her school's Halloween party last Saturday (the 25th):
She doesn't look happy does she? I mean, I know she's a female vampire and all, but Bella was happy for the most part, right?
It's because she's been annoyed for much of the Halloween season this year because the students of her American international school (who are 90% Brazilian) don't know how to talk about Halloween correctly.
If I am understanding her right, they use the word "Halloween" much as we Americans would use the word "Prom".
Here are a few examples she gave me (when they say "Halloween", they are referring to the school's Halloween party),
"Are you going to Halloween this year?"
"Did you have fun at Halloween last year?"
"Halloween's on Saturday" (the 25th, not the 31st)
"See you at Halloween!"
Apparently they don't care that Halloween for us is a day, and that day is always October 31st. Halloween for them is whenever the school Halloween party is, and lasts just several hours.
She even made me go and see the signs that have been taunting her:
So, she's tried to explain to her friends the difference between "Halloween" and "Halloween Party" and they give her the ol' "that's what I said" or "what's the dif?"
(I have no gripe with how Brazilians celebrate Halloween-I don't know how to talk about their holidays, so why would they understand something so very American? And the party? It was one of the best family Halloween parties we've ever been to! I've just been amused watching Margarita getting so worked up defending Halloween)
Happy Halloween! (except that I'm afraid that you all missed it. Maybe next year!)