Halloween e Satanismo. You see signs around Rio saying this, year-round. That said, the expat community keeps Halloween going in Rio, the American Society is having a party on Saturday, and there are several other small parties as well. The playgroup I took Canadoca to this week also had a Halloween party (she was a ballerina, my sobrinho back home's idea!)
So, Halloween is here if you want to find it. But some people don't. Like my husband. I think that Mr. DRL may have even sealed the deal to come to Brazil upon hearing that Brazil offered beaches, outdoor activities, a good salary and no Halloween. The guy hates Halloween, I blame his sisters (who by the way both love the holiday) for teasing him mercilessly as a child when he had to get up for a school play and dress and make noises like a flute. I think his exact lines were "flutey flute flute flutey flute..." yeah he is scarred for life. But that DID make him a pretty easy target, wouldn't you say? The only time I can recall him ever dressing up for Halloween in the 8 years I've known him was the time that he got drunk with his buddies back in Calgary and at the last minute, they decided to paint their bodies blue and go to the bar as smurfs... I think they ended up being in some beer commercial over the whole thing... So if it was one last kick at the can, why not end on a high note, right?