Halloween is not a Costa Rican custom. Instead, mascarada parades are held. You can read all about them here.
November 2nd is the Day of the Dead, or Dia De Los Muertos. Costa Ricans remember their deceased loved ones by visiting cemeteries and decorating the grave sites with flowers and candles. I drove past the Atenas cemetary yesterday and it was crowded with families and flower sellers.
This year on October 31st, friends got together to create a Halloween for two young ladies, one of whom just recently moved to Costa Rica. Since Costa Rican kids do not go trick or treating, the parents of both girls arranged for friends to hand out candy so one of the traditions from home could be carried on here.
The girls came to our gate dressed in their costumes and received their candy loot.
Then up the road they went to the next house, more candy, more photos. The final stop was a good one, because it included cupcakes. Next year, I think I will get dressed up and go along with them so I can get some goodies too.