I do not celebrate Halloween and I do not like the feasts associated with it. I will be traveling in Uruguay next week. From my experience, the South American people like parties and so on, and it is very probable they will do something about Halloween — which for me, as solo traveler in AirBnbs would not be very pleasant (I would just like to sleep that night).

I am thinking to take a night bus to Buenos Aires (which would be my next destination), and I am wondering if there would be anything related to Halloween (e.g. people with Halloween masks selling food in the bus terminals and scaring people).

Would riding a night bus in the Halloween night, in South America, be a good idea?

I am still oscillating between staying that night in a hotel room, which has noise reducing system or taking the bus ride.

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    Are you talking about the USA (and spreading) Halloween celebrations or about the (Roman Catholic) remembrance of loved ones passed away, which is what I would expect in South America?
    – Willeke
    Commented Oct 27, 2019 at 7:33
  • @Willeke I would say the first one, but I do not celebrate any of them. The shops are already full of Halloween masks specific to the USA Halloween celebrations. Commented Oct 27, 2019 at 9:59
  • @IonicăBizău did you do it? What was the result?
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 21:54
  • @MarkMayoSupportsMonica I did not, but I did ask the locals and the bus companies, and they said it's just a normal bus ride. Nothing special. I was in a hotel that night and there was no party either. Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 0:44
  • @IonicăBizău worth putting as an answer if you could, for future readers :)
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 0:53

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Generally, when travelling on days of major celebrations, it is hard to estimate the level of celebrations that may take place in transit hubs such as bus stations or airports. Halloween, while it is celebrated in much of Uruguay and Argentina similarly to the United States, is still not considered a major holiday, which reduces the possibility of any forms of major disruptions due to Halloween. Of course, this also depends on whether there are individuals present in your bus or in the bus stations you will be celebrating the "Halloween" Spirit.

I have travelled previously on Halloween and Christmas in the United States and United Kingdom by air, on various New Year's Eves/Days in a bunch of different countries also by air, and on Diwali in India by air and train and have not noticed any celebrations that are officially sanctioned, other than decorations (and carol singing on Christmas). Only on one occasion was I accosted by a drunk tourist in an airport lounge in Georgia on Orthodox New Year (14 January) and, even then, I was asked whether I wanted to try a local alcoholic beverage.

In most cases, since the number of people actually travelling on the day of the major holiday is less (as most people decide to travel in the period immediately before or after the holiday), I have noticed that airports and train stations are surprisingly quiet and processes such as security and immigration move faster.

In short, it is extremely hard to predict the extent of travel disruptions during holidays, especially those that are minor holidays in a region. The chances of these disruptions can greatly vary based on whether the individuals immediately around you are celebrating the holiday or not.


While some people in Argentina, mostly upper middle class, are starting to celebrate Halloween, it isn't celebrated massively by any means. It's not mentioned at school, and you will not see people dressed up. If you put your kids in costume and start knocking doors at random for trick-or-treating, no one will know what you are doing, you will get no candy, and some people will be rude to you.

There might be the odd Halloween-themed party, but I would say that it is mostly a normal day, you shouldn't expect unusual noise (you will get crazy noise for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) or disruptions.

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