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Halloween 2004

Sunday, October 31st, 2004
Happy Halloween everyone. Here in Shanghai we had a Halloween party for the students and it was a lot of fun. We did a wonderful job of delegating and the students really came through and did their jobs well. It is fun to see some of the students really taking responsibility and doing what we asked them to do. I was in charge of the music for the party. So I had two students take care of what they call the “HI-FI” system. Now you might say, “Don’t you think that is kind of lazy?” Well, that is ok if you think that…but let me tell you, I would have no clue where to start looking for some one to ask about borrowing a stereo system for a big party, it would be a mess! The students know and they are willing to help and with responsibility comes them reporting to me which makes them use their English! SO THERE!!!
Anyway…I have lots of pictures to show you…
The party was, of course, a costume party. We told the students over and over again that we hope you come with costumes. It wasn’t required but we just wanted them to use their creativity. There were next to no students who came dressed up. Their response was, “this is your custom, I don’t have any crazy clothes!” Last time I saw you in class you did!!! JUST KIDDING! But, of course all four of us FOREIGN teachers came dressed up! Here we are dressed up and looking good! I am dressed as an accident victim, next to me is myself (Lucy dressed up as me with a nametag and my tie and shirt and pants!) Next is Ruth who dressed as a Greek Goddess and Richard as a Lion.
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The party was complete with a good old APPLE Dunking contest! You can see in PICTURE A that the students are getting into it and really having fun. The boys in PICTURE B thought they were the champions…and in PICTURE C you can see the boy on the right getting help from his friend. I just hope he didn’t hold him down for too long!!!
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Here are just a bunch of pictures I put together of me and students! The girls did some dressing up but not too much. You can see some of those on the top left are all wearing my ties. A total of 5 of my own ties were worn that evening and none by me!! CRAZY! I tried to look like what I was dressed as in each picture…so I looked like I was in pain or just not happy…but for the shot with the guys I just couldn’t keep a straight face. OH WELL.
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There was one group of girls who I was really proud of. They came fashionably late so everyone could see their entrance (I think). They came as THE MATRIX. They looked really cool so I decided I would spruce up the picture and make it look good! GOOD JOB GIRLS! Their prize(s) for having the best costume(s) is lunch or dinner at PIZZA HUT with the Foreign teachers! COOL!!
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I just kind of figured at the end of the party if we needed some filler time just to play dance music and they would all dance the evening away. NOPE. We tried to get them to dance but that is not their culture and they literally just sat there like stone. So, what was supposed to be a DANCE PARTY quickly turned to a PERFORMANCE PARTY. This is more of the Chinese style where they chant for different people and they just get up and sing a song or dance or what have you…TOTALLY BIZARRE to me. And totally not fun. But they had a good time. So while we were trying to fill the time there were a few students who got up and sang some slow songs…and some danced and some tried to dance and everyone loved it and then the kicker. I went over to the music guys who were operating the sound system and they asked me, “can the two of us sing a song?” I was like, this is CLASSIC…now the sound guys want in on the party…THEY WEREN’T EVEN OUR STUDENTS! They were just there to help with the party sound system…CRAZY. They got up and sang and everyone loved it.
Moral of the story: If you come to China, have a song ready to go.

Posted October 31st 10:00pm

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 31st, 2005
Happy Halloween everyone. Hope you all get scared and are visited by trick or treaters today. Give them an extra piece of candy for me…
I explained trick or treating today in class… and it is just a really bizarre tradition I have to say. I mean why, when we dress up, do people just give us candy… so strange. Our students thought it strange too and when we had a costume party last week to celebrate Halloween we were part of the very few who actually dressed up. We can’t make it mandatory or no one will come. We had some students come with some pretty lame costumes, but the best ones were inspired by American and Japanese Horror movies: several boys came in wrapping parts of their bodies in “bloody” toilet paper…one of the guys had a pair of scissors also wrapped with the bloody paper… they won the “most original prize.” And then a couple girls who got decked out in beautiful dresses got the “best dressed prizes.”
Us teachers of course got involved in the fun and we all came dressed up as different things… check it out…
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We got a nerd with a clown wig, a Queen of hearts, Traditional Chinese lady, Professional Dragon slayer looking for work, a Toilet Paper Princess, Walking Lotus Flower, Some Lady and me… a Cook from the Second floor Cafeteria. (That is where I borrowed the clothes from, they were very happy to help. I used my Chinese to borrow the stuff, I told them, THE DIRTIER THE BETTER!!!! They laughed.)
Finally, to really celebrate Halloween, as I had celebrated when I was in College, I invited a ton of students up to my place to watch a scary movie. I didn’t know how many would come, but faced with the choice of EVENING STUDY or a scary movie in the Foreign teacher’s apartment….WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE, especially when the foreign teacher is as cool as me!!!! Ha ha ha ha….
They all came. There were more than 30 students there! It was crazy. The movie was scary and the students were yelling at the TV when the knife carrying woman was being chased by the axe wielding psycho and her and her problem child rode away in their new Snowcat to safety. Of course after the movie they told me that it wasn’t scary. WHATEVER!!!! It is hard to compete when Japan makes some of the scariest stuff around…
Anyway…Here is an idea of how packed it was. This is 3 photos combined…..!!!
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Posted October 31st 2005 10:40pm

Halloween in China

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Do Chinese celebrate Halloween?

Of course not.  That would be an American asking.  The question is as silly as “Do American’s celebrate Spring Festival?”  Of course not.  Must be a Chinese asking.

But there are thousands of Chinese in the West who celebrate Spring Festival and there are thousands of Americans in China who celebrate Halloween.  Especially those with children.

This week we’re trying to use our imagination to think of funny or interesting costumes for people to wear that are inspired by China.  Perhaps you can write your own ideas of Halloween costumes!  The sky is the limit.

Also don’t forget if you have lived in China and you’ve had funny stories about Halloween in China please go here and send us the stories.  We’ll try and make them into funny cartoons.

The China Daily a couple years ago talked about how popular Halloween is in China.  They make most of the stuff for Halloween in China anyway…just like Christmas!  So naturally Halloween will become more and more popular here in China.

And if you are really interested you can find Halloween costumes all made in China.  Feels like I’m looking at an American catalog… THis link is from CHINA SUPPLIERS supplying the world with stuff made in China!

I’ve been in China for a couple years now teaching English.  For two of those years I was at a University here in Shanghai.  In 2004 I was an accident victim.  You can read and see how I dressed up and what we did.  In 2005 I was a chef.  You can also read and see what we did and how I dressed up.

So let me be the first to say… HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  From CHina!