Halloween in China


不给糖就捣蛋 bùgěi táng jiù dǎodàn Trick or Treat 

Trick or Treat! Historically, Halloween is an American tradition, however it has now spread all over the world. Unlike Christmas, Halloween is really a non-event for the Chinese. You might see pumpkins or squash decorating shop-fronts and grocery stores selling Western products might stock some candy but you won't find hoards of Chinese children knocking on doors for “Trick or Treat”.

But Halloween is very popular with the young people in China. If you are living in larger cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, there are lots of places hold Halloween costume party(化妆派对). You can check local expat magazines for parties and hit the bar.

万圣节 wànshèngjié Halloween

万圣节快乐 wànshèngjié kuài lè means Happy Halloween

派对 paìduì means Party

化妆派对 huàzhuāng paìduì means Costume Party

Most Popular Halloween Costumes in China:

Pirates 海盗 hǎidào

Witch 女巫 nǚ wū

Ghost 鬼 guǐ

vampire 吸血鬼 xīxuèguǐ

China also has festivals like Halloween. Chinese Halloween is called Ghost Festival, a popular occasion celebrated throughout China on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month. Historically, families offer sacrifices of the newly harvested grain to departed ancestors on this day. In some places, Chinese Halloween starts from the first of July (Lunar calendar) and ends on the 14th of July. The Chinese believe that during this festival, the gate of the ghost world is opened. Many spirits wander around in human world and they are looking for substitutes so that they can go back to the human world again.

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