First Halloween in Taiwan

Yes, I realize Halloween was ten days ago now. I’ve been busy. Every year, after Halloween, our lives pick up in pace because not only are there two major holidays in November and December, but we also have two birthdays in our family within two weeks of each other. That, along with all the celebrations and winter shows and concerts held by other families and the school, and planning the winter break, is enough to fill our time until January. Hence the delay in this post on Halloween.

Halloween in Taiwan was not quite as festive or exciting as in the U.S., for the obvious reason that it’s not celebrated widely here. Still, even when I compare it to Halloween celebrations we enjoyed in Thailand, it still falls short. Our Halloweens in Thailand were pretty epic with a parade of all the kids and teachers in their costumes, trick-or-treating around the school, and trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods near the school that was organized by the teachers of the school.

Not that it mattered much. I’ve never really enjoyed Halloween since I was never allowed to participate as a child, so as an adult, it’s hard for me to get into the spirit of the holiday. My son, now that he’s getting older, isn’t as into it now as he used to be. He still enjoys parts of it–being out with friends and getting candy–but he’s not as into dressing up anymore.

Halloween for us this year was pretty low-key. The elementary school held a celebration for the kids the Friday prior to Halloween. The kids dressed up and had a Halloween costume contest. Each class from grades 1 to 5 chose a winner for each of three categories. Following that, there was an assembly to showcase all the class winners for each category. This assembly was emceed by my son and two other kids in Student Council. It was badly organized. After the assembly, the kids went back to their classrooms to play some games. They also got loads of candy from their teachers.

On the actual day of Halloween, my son and a few other kids of some of the school faculty went to the apartments of other faculty that live in our complex to trick-or-treat. There were probably eight or nine apartments total where the six or so kids trick-or-treated. Because there were so few kids, each of them was able to get a lot of candy from each apartment. The total amount of candy the kids received probably equaled the amount they would each receive after going to at least twice as many homes back in the U.S. The entire affair lasted probably one-and-a-half hours at most.

So that’s our Halloween in a nutshell. It was quick, easy, and painless, but also nothing to write home about.




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