"Trick of treat!"
was the only warning many unsuspecting employees received Friday
afternoon as bands of scary ghosts, goblins, and other terrible
monsters invaded the offices of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo.
Filling the spooky critters’ loot bags with all sorts
of delicious treats was the only thing they could do to
save themselves from some horrible trick.
In the end, it was all fun for everyone,
as kids were actually celebrating the traditional North
American observance of Halloween, an event now celebrated
in most of the western world. Every year, on October 31,
children and adults dress up in costumes depicting scary
creatures and participate in all sorts of festivities. The
children, usually accompanied by their parents (who often
wait discreetly in the background) will go door-to-door
in their neighborhood, ringing doorbells and yelling "trick
or treat!" The neighbors decorate their houses with
spooky themes and leave their lights on to welcome the 'trick-or-treaters".
The occupants—who often themselves dress up in scary
costumes—will then hand out small candies and other
treats so as to avoid any possible "trick."