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Happy (Chinese) Halloween

Not everyone can be happy dressed as a pumpkin, but really, Chinese people seem to have a pretty good grip on this whole Halloween thing. Last night I saw  a ghoul, a huge yellow and blue stripey tiger and a sumo wrestler wandering along the street, followed by someone in a swimming costume with an overcoat and blonde wig (on second thoughts, she may have been going somewhere other than a Halloween party). There are spider webs and skulls in all the shops, and even The Lady of Wulumuqi Lu has been ahead of the game with huge pumpkins for sale in her shop since last month.

At school, the annual Halloween parade is held in the grounds of the very busy and very public Shanghai Zoo. This makes for a pretty interesting spectacle – a couple of hundred foreign children in costumes, followed by a couple of hundred interested bystanders with cameras. Some of them are even parents. For the Chinese zoo visitors, it’s like an open air wildlife safari, filled with exotic, colourful species from far away lands. I was wondering why the school erected a sort of rope barrier, but after experiencing the Chinese paparazzi I can see why. Crowd control.

Daughter Number 1 thought she would go as a sort of ghostly skeleton, with Ugg boots, because she’s just discovered that Australia’s uncoolest sheepskin boots are now really cool; and Daughter Number 2 told me she wanted to go as a dinosaur, no wait, a princess, no wait, a witch, no wait, a fairy…..but finally settled on a black bear costume in the shop. Happy Halloween!
  • http://croquecamille.wordpress.com/ croquecamille

    I love the house costume in the background of the photo of Daughter #1. Also, every winter I wish that Ugg would make some toasty warm boots that don't look like slippers.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11390453342365399230 Fiona

    Yeah….when exactly did Uggs become cool and how did I miss it?? I just bought my first ever pair in anticipation of another FREEZING Shanghai winter with cold feet, but I have to say all I could think was 'only bogans wear Uggs. Only flanno-wearing bogans with kingswoods and bad tattoos wear Uggs'. Well, now I'm one of them.