“Trick or Treat” and “Thank you” can be heard as the first vampires, princesses, Hulks, and Catrinas make their way from table to table. “Oh my gosh, you’re so adorable!” says the woman as a bumble bee takes a Snickers bar from her bowl. She gets back a “Gracias” and a shy smile.
If you are a kid looking to score some candy on Halloween, Las Conchas is the place to be. For the last four years, the Las Conchas Community Relations Committee has done something fun for the children of Puerto Penasco by passing out treats at the entrance to the neighborhood.
At first, this event brought just a sprinkling of Trick or Treaters. “Now we have everyone wait here, then let ten at a time go. There are just so many kids” says the head of Las Conchas security. The security gaurds are working with the City Police this time, watching over traffic, parking, and the long line of candy seekers.
Being close to the border, Rocky Point gets a strong dose of U.S. culture mixed with Mexican traditions. Many of those enjoying Halloween tonight will also be attending to loved ones passed at the local cemetary, as part of Dia de Los Muertos. The city’s first festival for Day of the Dead was this weekend too, so U.S. residents had a chance to be like the children here, exploring their neighbors culture.