Life in China 2016: A Picture A Day, October 31 – I was surprised that we actually had trick or treaters last night: 2 kids and their dog! There was no planned trick or treating where we live, so I wasn’t expecting anyone, but I did find something to give them :-) Halloween isn’t really celebrated by most Chinese, but in areas where expats live, and also where children have English classes and learn about Western culture, there are often parties. This year, I think I’ve seen more parties advertised for adults, at bars and restaurants, than activities for kids! Some of the housing complexes with a lot of foreigners have trick or treating (But not in Songshan Lake, where we live). Our shopping plaza has Halloween decorations up, and the supermarket and one other store had small sections of Halloween items for sale. These pictures show the ‘signs’ of Halloween in Songshan Lake: left – The red lanterns came down and were replaced with Jack-o-lantern lanterns! Top right – The one store that has a big window display has it all done up for Halloween, pumpkins right along with the red lantern window stickers :-) Bottom right – A close up of one of the plastic jack-o-lanterns … with an evergreen branch handle! And Lower left – A place for pictures in the center of the plaza, those panda statues that have been around for a while now, are there right along with the haunted house :-) That’s it, Halloween Chinese style!