Halloween is something I’ve celebrated every year since I can remember. This meant pumpkin carving, trick or treating, costumes costumes costumes, candy, and later on, parties. Halloween in Beijing is not much like it is in Australia or the US. But it still exists. An article on Halloween even made it into today’s China Daily.
Since this Halloween is on a Wednesday, many Beijingers celebrated over last weekend. My posse of costumed hooligans fell in on a Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt Bar Crawl on Saturday night.
My friend H and I dressed up as Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom, and in a great twist, my friend S was dressed as a cat, so ergo, Suzy’s cat. Perfecto. Other costumes included the typical: witch, vampire, etc.
Yes its true few recognised who I was meant to be, but those that did were my kind of people, so the costume worked as a sort of password-protected door to conversation. That sounds real stuck-up doesn’t it? Whatever, there were a lot of dudes dressed as computer game characters and chicks dressed as sexy bunnies so I had to have some sort of mechanism, right? What evs, you don’t get it, I’m moving on. (STOP JUDGING ME TUMBLR!)
The crawl was really fun and thrilling and oddly competitive given the amount of jello-shots in syringes they were handing out at various locations… You know what I mean.
We did not win, in fact, I don’t think we even turned in our evidence. But it was a fun mad ride and dressing up is the main point ANYWAY. Or so I told S when she was tres disappointed about our loss.
Sunday I carved a pumpkin into a legit jack-o-lantern. This was fun, though a bit weird to do sans family.
Last night the gang was coerced by the very bossy TG to watch The Woman in Black, which, despite the presence of Daniel Radcliffe, was quite terrifying. What made it that much more scary was that at two critical fear-points something fell off the table behind us. And I mean RIGHT AT THAT SCARY FRIGHT MOMENT. Flipping weird. Now vaguely convinced the woman in black is now inhabiting my rumpus room. Yes it took me three hours to get to sleep after it.
Today is for realsies Halloween and I brought in a bunch of candy corn (sent my my lovely Aunt in the US) into my office. My Chinese colleagues were not quite sure how to handle the insane sugar hit that comes in these orange-white-and-yellow bad boys, but they sucked it up and then spent the afternoon running around like mad little children on a sugar high. SO MUCH FUN.
So there we have, my Halloween in BJ = drinking, costumes, spooky movies, and candy. Covering all bases, because I am a professional.