Halloween is almost here and this is a great time to show off your Hispanic heritage and find a costume that shows off your Latino culture. Here are some ideas and pictures to set you off in the right direction.
Traditional Costumes: I love seeing my kids in our country’s traditional costume. This is also a great way to teach children about the culture and traditions of different Latin American countries.
Día de los Muertos: You can blend traditions by dressing up as a El Catrín or La Catrina . For the makeup check out this awesome video tutorial by SpanglishBaby.com.
Aztecas, Incas, Mayas: Dig back into history and dress up as one of the three most important PreHispanic cultures. With a few feathers, a good picture and some imagination you can come up with some awesome costumes. A lot of costume websites have aztec princess consumes that you can also buy, like the one below.
National Heroes: Most Latin American countries have a national hero or a few dating back to the time of the conquista or even before then. In Guatemala our national hero is Tecun Uman
FAMOUS & HISTORIC COUPLES
Cortez & La Malinche:
Hernán Cortés, onqueror of New Spain and his indian interpreter, mistress and later the mother of what might have been the first mestizo in Mexico. La Malinche is a controversial character but it goes without question La Malinche had as great an impact on the history of the Latin America.
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera:
Two of the most famous Mexican painters and artists of all time, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are true icons of the mexican culture and history.
Eva and Juan Peron
Argentinian President Juan Perón (1895–1974) and, specially the First Lady of Argentina, Eve Peron remain important historic figures and cultural icons.
Don Quijote & Dulcinea This fictional couple from the novel Don Quixote, written by Miguel de Cervantes represents hopeless devotion and unrequited love. Ok so Don Quijote & Dulcinea are Spanish but if we are talking about Hispanic heritage, they fit right in.
El Chapulín Colorado also known as Chespirito is an all time favorite superhero. If you grew up in the 70s and 80s this will really bring back memories. Cowardly, funny, and clumsy he always saves the day. And I would dress up as El Chapulín Colorado just to be able to go around saying things like — “No contaban con mi astucia!” and “Siganme los buenos!”.
La Chilindrina and El Chavo del Ocho and the characters del Vecindario
El Chavo is the single best know TV sitcom in Latin America, having 350 million viewers worldwide, it was the most watched show in Mexican television. These costumes are so much for any age and most of these costumes you can put together with things you might have around the house or clothes you might find in a thrift store.
Topo Gigio: Another costume that will take you back in time. Topo Gigio was the lead character of a children’s puppet show on Italian and Spanish television in the early 1960s. He has become an icon of Latino pop culture. I still remember watching him as a child and you can still see reruns from his show today. Topo Gigio would make such a cute costume for any child or adult!
Cantinflas: Mario Morenoa Mexican comic film actor who often portrayed impoverished campesinos or a peasant de origen pelado. The character came to be associated with the national identity of Mexico, and allowed Cantinflas to establish a long, successful film career that included a foray into Hollywood. Charlie Chaplin once commented that he was the best comedian alive, and Moreno has been referred to as the “Charlie Chaplin of Mexico”. A true piece of film history!
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