Oh I hadn't heard of La Llorona at all. I'll have to look that up. I find it funny that the areas where a lot of this stuff originated are now just starting to come back to it.
I do remember reading somewhere about a parade that a woman started as an alternative to Halloween vandalism, which seemed to be kind of the start of costumes at Halloween, at least as we know them today. But it's been a long time so I may be misremembering.
Anyway, thanks for the info. Looks like there's still lots to learn about Halloween.
I thought your comments about Halloween were pretty interesting. It really is a holiday that has always been in pretty serious flux. I used to download oldtime radio shows from the 40s, and back then it seemed really undefined. Sometimes the stories would just be about Trick or Treating. Other times they focus on pulling pranks or scaring people. I'm surprised no one is complaining that indoor plumbing was invented to prevent people from tipping over out-houses and Halloween has been under siege ever since!
I love Halloween because it's a great time to get creative - it's basically theater. But I don't think it's so precious that we need protect it. It'll continue to change and evolve. 15 years ago Trick or Treating in shopping malls was huge. I think going door to door has made a comeback but I think there's also a lot more places having Halloween events (the zoo, the local philharmonic and the historical village here are all doing things this year.) I think you basically said as much in your post, but Halloween provides a necessary creative outlet and so it's always going to be around in some form or another.
I'm gonna probably avoid that thread from now on though. These kinds of opinions aren't easily changed.