Posted by: 1of10boyz | October 31, 2012

Halloween in China

Without China the US would not have much of a Halloween festival. Take a look at your local Wal-Mart or at any of the stores that sell Halloween products and tell me how many you find that are not made in China. So it seems rather odd that it doesn’t have a bigger following here in this country, but then again, no it really doesn’t surprise me.

It has been one of my “personal goals” to share some of what makes the West so “special” with my new friends here in the East. Halloween is one of those events that is essentially West, because it is now a consumption holiday. If it isn’t capitalism at its finest I don’t know what is. It certainly isn’t what it used to be. It could easily be exactly what the quote is from the movie Hocus Pocus, a holiday that was made up by the candy companies.

The following is from Wikipedia:

“Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of its original title “All Hallows’ Evening”), also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows. Most scholars believe that All Hallows’ Eve was originally influenced by western European harvest festivals and festivals of the dead with pagan roots, particularly the Celtic Samhain. Others maintain that it originated independently of Samhain.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as “guising”), attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.”

This is my second Halloween in China and the second year that we have held a party. It is quite an event considering that we are trying to get 30-40 people in about 70 square meters (750 square feet) of entertaining space in our little apartment. We try and do this with a little potluck (a concept that is quite new to China – not really a party concept here so that makes it a little challenging also).

We got a pretty good turnout with costumes this year; even though costumes are not required I try to go all out. I think that everyone had a pretty good time and we certainly had a good time. The event would be considered a success in my opinion.


  1. […] like to live in China. He offers many “Western” ideas and traditions. For instance, here he celebrates Halloween with many of his new friends, some of which have never done so in their life. Sorry I don’t […]

    • I don’t know that I have really thought about what my blog is about so your failure to be able to explain it is a pretty good description. I guess it is just a collection of thoughts and feelings as I experience this country and people. Some days are better than others and how I may feel changes an many cases because of a whole variety of reasons. Thanks for the shout out on your blog.

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