Born to Trick-or-Treat: Senior born on Halloween


Yesenia Rosales (12) poses at San Antonio Newspaper Conference. Photo by Sarah Walker.

Willa Smith, Staff Writer

Yesenia Rosales (12) poses at San Antonio Newspaper Conference. Photo by Sarah Walker. 

“I remember my parents told me that when I was born my brother wasn’t allowed to go trick-or-treating because I was in the hospital with my mom,” Yesenia Rosales, senior, said.

Rosales was born on Halloween in 1997, and since then her birthday has been a bit different than the regular kid’s. Her older brother was three when she was born, and was angry with her for a while because he couldn’t go trick-or-treating on the night she was born. Rosales also said she “feels bad” because her birthday on Halloween because of the limits it places on her family and their abilities to go out that night.

“When I was nine, maybe eight–my dad’s a very traditional Mexican father–says that, ‘You’re old enough, you don’t need to have birthday parties’,” Rosales said. “And that’s when it all stopped.”

Rosales said one of the sad things about her birthday being on a holiday is that as a child she couldn’t celebrate the way her peers did. She couldn’t have a pinata, she couldn’t have friends over–instead, birthdays consisted of having family over.

This year for her eighteenth birthday, Rosales is having a party.

“We’re going to have a barbecue,” she said. “My friends are telling me, ‘We’re going to bring a pinata because you’ve never had one before!’ So I’m really excited this year. Nervous, because it’s the first time I’ve had friends over, but excited.”

One of her favorite memories of her birthday was of a party when her mom’s boss, Gabby, came to the party. “She was the life of the party,” Yesenia remembers. For her sixth birthday, she had a costume party, and that year Yesenia dressed up as a witch, which caused Gabby to nickname her “La Bruja”, which means “The Witch” in Spanish. That year’s party was filled with dancing and joy and stands out as a fantastic party.

Rosales is the type of person who doesn’t ask for gifts and said she gets that trait from her mom.

“I’ve always been raised like that…She [mother] always says, ‘We’re going to make you a dinner!’ and I say, ‘Great mom’, and then she says what do you want for your birthday and I always say, ‘No Mom, that’s enough. You made the food, you got everyone together, that’s enough for me.’”

Recently, Rosales had a conversation with her mom last week about her birthday and realized that this is the last year that she’ll spend her birthday at home because she’ll be going to school outside of Austin.

“She told me, ‘Next year, I’m not even going to see you. I’m going to have to call you and tell you happy birthday,’” Rosales said about the conversation with her mother. “And I said, ‘No mom, I’m going to see you’, and then I stopped, and I said, ‘No, you’re right.’”