Living in China with kids around Halloween time presents some challenges. Western holidays are adopted with gusto and random kids and adults can be spotted in Halloween attire, but even in a big city like Beijing, it takes some work to figure out how to celebrate.
Trick-or-treating in Beijing is generally a no-go. If you live in a heavily foreigner-populated area, this might happen, but not in your average neighborhood.
But there are organized activities and www.beijing-kids.com does a good job creating a round-up.
Another option, which we’ve implemented, is to organize your own party. Simple Halloween costumes and decorations can be found at even simple markets. And of course candy is plentiful at any store. This year, I’m considering a small party in which we turn our home into a haunted house.
One thing I miss is harvest/pumpkin festivals. There are farms surrounding Beijing that allow visitors and some picking but knowing how to get there and getting there are also a challenge.
Nevertheless, decorations can be spotted everywhere and it’s still possible to get in the Halloween spirit even in a country like China that doesn’t traditionally celebrate it.
Jenny Lin is raising 3 boys in Beijing while working as a writer/editor. You can follow her @twinlins or keep up with her sporadically updated cross-cultural familial adventures at beijingmom.blogspot.com