Last Updated on November 2, 2022 by hassan abbas
Halloween is one of the holidays celebrated by mainly students and tourists from outside the country who attend universities in China. High tourist and university areas, including Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing, may likely celebrate. It’s essential to keep in mind that these celebrations are milder than full-blown pumpkin patches and haunted houses. However, some shops and stores in major cities selling western products are decorated with pumpkin patches to mark the event’s celebrations. Halloween is a recent holiday celebrated in China embraced in bars and restaurants during the theme nights to appreciate the western culture and to celebrate the expatriate community living in China. Below are some fantastic ways for locals, students, tourists, and even tutors teaching in China to celebrate Halloween.
Visit an area that celebrates
Most people that celebrate Halloween in China are international students and tourists. This means that most cities with Universities and tourist destinations celebrate the fantastic Halloween holidays. A new teacher teaching English in China will get a chance to celebrate Halloween in the best way possible. You can mark this holiday by exploring cities and areas near universities or where tourists often travel. It might not be as extreme as you expect, but you can dress up in Halloween costumes and attend night restaurants and bars to get the festive, fun feeling you are most likely yearning for.
Plan trick or treat
It’s a little hard to find locals in China engaging in tricks it treats. However, as a visitor living and teaching in China, it wouldn’t be hard to have the trick or treat inside your house with your students or children in the neighborhood. Trick or treat not being a tradition does not mean people are limited from experiencing this western tradition. You can easily set up a trick or treat in your house by introducing a hunt with clues in different positions where you hide the candies for children to find. You can even get involved by helping the kids out when needed and making the experience as fun as possible. However, the inside house Halloween trick or treat doesn’t have to be boring; theme your house and encourage the kids to show up in costumes to make the event more fun and entertaining.
Have a pumpkin carving contest
This is another activity that helps mark the Halloween holiday celebrations. The availability of pumpkins all year round in China makes this possible; On most occasions, you do not need a big group or team to make this a reality. Being new and teaching English in China with only a few friends will not make this any less fun. You can visit a local store, pick the best pumpkin, and head home to have some fun pumping cravings. Your few friends will give competition to make this a contest to see who creates the best pumpkin carving. You can have this as an activity in the school with your students and have them paint and decorate the pumpkins in the spookiest and most mysterious way possible.
Celebrating Halloween in China might look a little different from what you are used to; however, you are responsible for making this fun. If you happen to be in areas where Halloween is celebrated in China, dress up in that Halloween costume and visit a restaurant celebrating the holiday to have fun. If you happen to be outside the cities that celebrate Halloween in China, have an at-home Halloween party, and it will be equally as impressive as it should be. Have fun, make memories and remember to bake the pumpkin seeds for a snack.