Halloween is essentially a trip West and has a long history, originally celebrated by the Celts to commemorate the dead. Halloween as we know the U.S. is a holiday for fun and parties, dressing in costumes, trick or treating and pumpkin decorating.
Unlike Christmas, where non-religious traditions have crossed the Pacific, Halloween is really a non-event for the Chinese. You could see pumpkins or gourds decorated storefronts and grocery stores selling Western products could stock a few sweets, but you will not find hordes of Chinese children knocking on doors treats.
How to celebrate Halloween in China – Adults:
Halloween is a gimmick and a lot of bars, pubs and restaurants use as a Halloween theme party. If you are visiting China during Halloween, you'll probably find that these parties in big cities that have more expats living there as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. You can check the local expat magazine for the parties and hit the bar scene for a spooky night if you're in the mood.
How to celebrate Halloween in China – Children:
Unfortunately, only the international schools will likely be doing anything Halloween-related so if you’re just visiting China with your kids during Halloween there will not be public parties or trick-or-treating for them. Find a fun kids’ activity for them that day to help them forget about Halloween and the candy they’re missing!
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Submited at Sunday, October 9th, 2011 at 8:00 pm on Asia by jessica
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