Yesterday, Khoa and I put on a Halloween party for the kids in Chibu. This year, instead of doing the party during class time at the elementary school, we teamed up with the Board of Education and had the party on the weekend in the local community center. The kids came and watched a presentation about Halloween, made their own costumes, and then went trick or treating.
During my presentation (in Japanese with some easy English phrases thrown in), Khoa was sitting in the audience with the kids, watching the presentation. As I was talking, he kept cringing and making weird faces. I got super self-conscious while continuing to speak in Japanese because Khoa kept making faces that seemed to mean that I was making a ton of mistakes. I wasn’t sure if I was speaking in a weird way or if he thought the kids were getting bored and I should hurry it along, but I tried my best to quickly finish the presentation and get it over with. When I asked him about it later, he said, “Oh no, the presentation was great, I was just playing with a couple of the kids.” He was getting jabbed in the side by a few of the boys sitting next to him, hence the cringing face! I was relieved to hear that my presentation was fine, but what the heck man, I was worried the whole time I was giving my presentation because of all the weird faces being thrown my way. Oh well, at least we know the kids love Khoa.
After the presentation, the kids made costumes. I ordered a ton of stuff for them to use to create their own original costume (almost all of the supplies can’t be bought on our island). We had colored trash bags, pipe cleaners, paper plates, round balloons, long balloons (for balloon animals), cardboard, foil, colored paper, and markers. I can’t show you pictures of the kids, but take a look at the costumes Khoa and I came up with:
Once the kids finished their costumes, we headed downstairs to the second floor for some trick or treating. Khoa and I decorated the hallway the day before with fake spider webs and pictures drawn by the elementary school kids. Some of them even wrote “Happy Halloween” and “trick or treat” in English, carefully copying the roman letters I wrote on the board. I was so proud!
^When the kids and parents first saw the spider webs, they were really surprised. I guess they don’t have fake spider webs in Japan.
The kids went from door to door yelling, “trick or treat!” and received a lot of candy! I ordered mini mars bars, dum-dum lollipops, and picked up some Japanese candy from the general store. Each kid got around twenty pieces of candy between the four doors they trick or treated at. Not so much compared to the huge hauls I used to bring in when trick or treating in the States, but still, pretty decent for 5 minutes of trick or treating.
…Khoa and I also took a bunch of the mini mars bars. Hey! Don’t judge! We haven’t had American candy and all it’s overly sugar-filled goodness for a long time. True, we can buy snickers on the mainland, but we haven’t set foot off of our island for quite some time.
After trick or treating, we finished off the party by taking a group picture. I wish I could show you a picture of the kids, but Japan has very strict rules when it comes to posting pictures of children on the internet. Instead, I’ll leave you with a picture of Khoa running amuck around our island.