Halloween in China

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A bit different Halloween in China…

Obviously, Chinese do not understand the concept of Halloween. For them, it is another day where kids get plenty of candies and dress up as characters from their favorite comic books or Disney movies. A lot of adults have not even heard of Halloween before, but some of them know it comes from America and has a pretty cool history. While Cez was in the hospital in Guangzhou, I participated in kindergarten’s Halloween party.

Halloween pumpkin
Our Halloween pumpkin

A few days before the Halloween party kicked off, all kids had been asked to pick up their favorite fairy-tale or comic book character and parents were obliged to provide their kids with special outfit representing their choice.

A girl dressed up as a witch
That’s me dressed up as a witch (casual outfit)

Being overloaded with work lately, I totally forgot about the party. I went to school wearing my casual clothes and I knew something was happening when I saw kids looking adorable in their Little Red Riding Hood, Iron Man and Pumpkin costumes. After my morning classes finished, I headed back home to put some scary make-up on, rumple my hair and change my clothes. It all took me 10 minutes and below you can see the result of my effort (make-up was some flour, red lipstick and black eyeliner and I got the witch hat from one of the parents).

Halloween costume
My 10-minute Halloween costume

My students’ costumes

Every single kid in the kindergarten looked cute and adorable. I need to admit that parents did a great job this year with getting their kids ready for the big night. Everyone was provided with a flashy lighter, pumpkin basket, a bag of candies and skeleton gloves.

Halloween costume China kids
My students’ Halloween costumes. Adorable, huh?
Big pumpkin, Horseman and Little Red Riding Hood
Big pumpkin, Horseman and Little Red Riding Hood
Chinese kid dressed up halloween
That’s my favourite student

Trick or treat?

We had a little Halloween party at school first. Afterwards, we headed to the city center of Dongguan and started off our Halloween walk in search of candies and sweets. It was dark and chilly.

Chinese kids at night
Ready for our Halloween walk

We visited 4 different apartments where students’ parents lived. They were all located in one closed area, so we were moving around different blocks of flats asking people for candies.

Halloween map
Our map
Chinese girl dressed up for Halloween
K1B teacher – the brain of this operation

It was incredible to see how much fun kids were having that night. Everyone was blissfully happy. Me and some parents were hiding chocolate and candies between the trees, trash containers, benches and doors asking kids to find them.

Chinese kids and teachers are walking at night Halloween
On the way to the first apartment
Chinese kids and Halloween at night

When we entered the first apartment, there were plenty of delicacies waiting for us on the table. In order to get them, we had to sing an English song for the host family. After that, everyone was allowed to sit down, have some rest and enjoy the chocolate.

Halloween Chinese sweets
Visiting the first apartment

While kids were eating, parents were taking photos of them.

The host family was hospitable and treated everyone with different kind of cookies Halloween in China
The host family was hospitable and treated everyone with different kind of cookies

After over 3 hours of fun, everyone was knackered. We got back to the school and said goodbye to each other.

Tired students after exhausting Halloween walk
Tired students after exhausting Halloween walk

Although I missed heavy Halloween party with my best friends back home, I still had a blast with my little adorable monsters and I would not swap with anyone!

How was your Halloween party? Where did you celebrate it and what costume did you wear?

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36 thoughts on “Halloween in China”

  1. Good job on the costume, Agness! The picture of your favorite student is adorable – those “scared” eyes. How fun on your party and taking the kids out. It looked like you were the Good Witch of the North leading the Munchkins in Oz! Nice to have tired kids afterwards, except for the sugar high they are often on. I worked and unknown if Phoenix passed out candy :) What happened to Cez???? We hope is doing much, much better!!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hahahaha! They all looked so cute and adorable! Cez is doing ok, he is recovering from knee accident, but he’ll be ok soon! Thanks for asking!

  2. I love the make-up, good job Agness!
    I was in Berlin and didn’t do much for Halloween, there were parties here and there but we just felt so terribly tired after a full day out walking everywhere, next year maybe.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      My make-up sucked this year, but I’ll do much better next year! Berlin must have been busy on Halloween. I wish I was there!

  3. Rika | Cubicle Throwdown

    This is so cute!! We don’t have Halloween in Honduras so I did nothing this year :( I really like Halloween so it’s a bit sad!

  4. Oh my G.. as they say.

    You haven taken digital story telling to a new level..

    This is better than Hollywood, Hongkong film studio, it is your very own making… oh yeah, the future is bright, it is China, and it would not be the same without the Polish,! (ha ha :

    well done, you have, kept my focus…


  5. OMG!! Your students are so adorable in their costumes!! I bet they had so much fun dressing up and trick-or-treating!!! BTW, love your costume…and getting ready in 10 minutes is awesome!!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      I know, it was a Halloween cuteness OVERLOAD :) and yes, I’m very quick with make-up and stuff. It usually takes me 5 minutes in the morning :)

  6. Loved your costumes and your students looked so adorable. We don’t really celebrate Halloween in India, well, may be except in some clubs. I loved dressing up on Halloween when I was an exchange student in Germany. :)

  7. I’m not normally a fan of Halloween myself but it looks like you had an amazing time! And also made it great fun for the kids too :) Great work Miss!

  8. Wow, this is awesome Agness! I’m in Korea and our kids were also adorable with their outfits. But the idea of actual trick-or-treating was not even considered. It must have been a blast to introduce kids to an actual Halloween experience.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    My family’s main Halloween celebration here in Malaysia was going to a disco party hosted by and expat. In previous years, we attempted to take a group of kids trick-or-treating. But the security in our highrise condo is tight, and it got to be too cumbersome. I like that you hid candy, too. I’ll have to remember that for the future. Having to sing a song to get a treat reminds me of the Scottish tradition of guising.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hey Michele! Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you also had a nice Halloween in Malaysia. Who knows maybe we can make it there next year :).

  10. Great outfits by everyone it looks like a fun night. You are very creative with the outfit Agness. The question is, are you a good witch like Hermione or a bad witch???

  11. Marisol@TravelingSolemates

    Hi Agness, It’s amazing how fast you can whip out a good costume like that! Your kids and their costumes are adorable. It’s interesting to see how much they immersed into the Halloween spirit although its a new tradition to them. I think its a good idea to let them sing in English to make them earn the treats. You’re such a fun teacher! I would have loved to be in your class.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thank you Marisol! I’m trying my best to be a fun teacher, but sometimes these little monsters make me wanna scream and shout!!! :D

  12. Aww, that sounds like a lot of fun!! Last year, the university students in English club held a Halloween party, so I got to experience a little bit of Halloween fun, too. The Chinese seem to love the holiday even though it is still very new to them!

  13. Halloween in China looks like great fun! Growing up in the U.S. I hadn’t ever really thought about other parts of the world not celebrating the holiday, it’s interesting to see now which ones do/don’t.

    I was just in Mexico for my first “Day of the Dead” and it was incredible!

  14. awww these photos are adorable! its really interesting how American traditions find there way into other countries

  15. Agness ,accidental

    it’s amazing to find out that u two have been to guangzhou,i live in this city .really hope that someday we will meet here.this is the first time i surf this website ,and what a awesome website .i got plenty travelling stuff here tks

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