The Colombian Halloween Song

Written By: jeff

Posted On: November 1st, 2010

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Barbeque, Arepas and Fresh Guacamole. Copyright

Yesterday was Halloween. But, more importantly for me, it was Sunday.  In Bogota, Sunday was made for heading out to La Calera, a rural region in the mountains to the northeast of Bogota.  Here you will find restaurant after restaurant feeding the hungry Bogotanos who head out with their family, friends and dogs.  Our favorite place is Tambor. And, for $35, 4 of us feasted on barbeque and arepas.

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Yummy desserts at the Alpina dairy. Copyright

Next stop is always the Alpina dairy store which is set in the town of Sopó in a huge, open-air Swiss-style chalet. Here they sell all their yogurts, cheeses, milks AND a great selection of desserts. The grounds are large and there is a park for the kids.

Since it was Halloween, lots of people were dressed up and I heard singing. And, the conversation turned to trick or treat customs in Colombia. Here’s what I learned.

Trick or Treat = Triqui Triqui

While the US trick or treat song has kids torturing the candy giver to smell their feet until said candy is handed over in duress, the Colombian trick or treat song relies more on witchcraft than torture to get said candy.  Here it is.

Triqui triqui Halloween

Quiero dulces para mi

Si no hay dulces para mi

Se te crece la nariz.

English translation (Note that the cadence is totally lost here)

Trick or treat. Halloween

I want candy for me.

If there’s not candy for me

Your nose will grow.

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4 Responses to “The Colombian Halloween Song”

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  2. Yum this looks delicious!! Love this little insight into life in Bogota.
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  3. Abby says:

    Aw so cute! (But you had me at “arepa.”)
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  4. Oh my, that looks tasty!
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