Hallomas, as the Chinese have been known to refer to it, has come and gone. Today is November 11, and in China that means that it is bachelor’s day! (11/11 – one, one, one, one… all singles). I guess today we’re having lunch with a bunch of our single students in order to celebrate our single-ness.
So on October 30th we threw a Halloween party to introduce our students to some of the fun activities that we do in the U.S. when we are a bit younger. We decorated Josh’s apartment for a party and it looked pretty good, with lots of orange balloons, ghosts, and pumpkin cutouts around.
We started out by welcoming the students into the decorated apartment and treating them to some delicious Chinese candies. After a couple minutes we went out back (it was still pretty warm) and showed them one of the great Halloween traditions of bobbing for apples. This, of course, lead to many wet faces and screaming Chinese girls. Absolutely hilarious.
After we all managed to get our apples from the water we started our next activity– a mummy wrap! Chinese toilet paper is unnaturally strong and resilient, to the point where it’s actually difficult to rip it when you’re trying to use it in the bathroom. So the mummy wrap went pretty well. Check out these scary Chinese students!
After the mummy wrap was over we started into our pumpkin carving contest. The pumpkins in China are much longer than they are round, so we had to be a little creative… We also lacked the proper tools for carving pumpkins and were using exacto blades, large ladles, and very cheap knives.
After we carved the pumpkins we headed back inside to premiere the first ever foreign-teacher made movie– a 6 minute horror film based upon the scary stories that have been told about Henan University. In our film, I get stabbed in the back by Marlie, and pushed over the edge of a balcony. It’s a bit of a ridiculous movie, but they certainly enjoyed it.
We spent the rest of the time having a Halloween dance party, eating candy, and popping the orange balloons. Overall, I think the Chinese students really had a good time at the Halloween party, regardless of how silly it all was.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and pictures, and encourage you to check in next Monday for a wonderful post about my first haircut experience in China as well as my time working as a model in the nearby town of Ping Ding Shan (and oh, was it a ridiculous time working).