He did the Monster Mash!

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.

A ghost made of a coat rack, a towel, and some black paper.

A ghost-y light with orange balloons (they didn't have black balloons because they're a bad symbol or something)

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.

Josh dropping the apples into the tub of water.

Joe going deep for the apple.

Apple Achieved!

Wet Shirley is just glad to have her apple 🙂

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!

Sofia-mummy, in full-on living-dead pose.

Joe-Mummy looking ridiculous.


Doing the monster walk!

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.

These were the pumpkins we got from the market-- not exactly perfect for carving, but the best that China had to offer...

We decided on a bottom up carving rather than top down... I set about cutting my fingers off (or so the Chinese believed)

It was our finished product (Zoe, on my left, decided we needed the cute eye brows)

All of our pumpkins, side-by-side. The small gourds were special side projects.

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).

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3 Responses to He did the Monster Mash!

  1. Victoria says:

    This is my favorite China post! Lindsay and I could not believe how awesome your carved pumpkins and gourds turned out! It looked like everyone had a good time. I am so excited to hear about the haircut and your modeling gig! I love you!

  2. Michael Durkin says:

    Those kids are extremely lucky to have you as their teacher!

  3. Judee Genetin says:

    Like all of my children, you are an amazing teacher! What a great idea and fun experience for them. I miss you so much! Love you!

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