Piñata y Halloween
by Saran Frances Moran

Nearly every party I ever remember growing up included a piñata stuffed with candy (and money if we were lucky.) I remember one year we celebrated my little brother’s birthday late. He is a July baby but Mom and Dad were broke so his birthday got lumped into a Halloween celebration. The piñata was a large jack-o-lantern and heavy like they’d filled it with bricks of tootsie rolls. Know what’s better than getting candy? Getting candy after beating something colorful until it cracks open, rushing to the ground in a frenzy and piling as much candy as you could into your bag, or your shirt or both!

Now that I’m an adult I love watching children go through the traditions I once went through; the excitement that fills their eyes and the way that some of them are nervous and new to the experience but still very eager. The way they stumble after being blindfolded and the attempts at hitting something moving and not knowing where it is. The sound that cuts through the air when the piñata bursts and a horde of children rush the scene, that’s priceless.

Halloween, chocolates and Super Hero costumes are amazing all alone. Add in a piñata and you’ve got party gold.

PHOTO: The author on Halloween 1983.


Sarah Frances Moran
is a writer, editor, animal lover, videogamer, queer Latina. She thinks Chihuahuas should rule the world and prefers their company to people 90% of the time. Her work has most recently been published or is upcoming in The No Se Habla Espanol Anthology, Elephant Journal, Drunk Monkeys, Rust+Moth, Maudlin House, Blackheart Magazine, Red Fez, and The Bitchin’ Kitsch. She is Editor/Founder of Yellow Chair Review. These days you can find her kayaking the Brazos in Waco, Texas, with her partner. You may reach her at