On Friday the pre-K classes had their Halloween parade and party. I was in my office when I heard a bit of a commotion outside and knew that it had to be the 2 and 3 year olds starting their party. I went to the terrace and sure enough they were coming back from their parade around the complex. I think they were on a high from that and about to experience a sugar high from the food that was laid out for them. I was green with envy because I saw cookies and cupcakes!
I was not the only one though that was interested in what was going on. The “noisemakers” aka construction men from upstairs were also taking in the excitement. I was watching and happened to look up and saw several faces peering out the window. I gave them a wave and ni hao and was rewarded with a smile and ni hao back. They seem to have accepted the fact that I’m going to say hello to them every time I see them. Instead of looks of disbelief they now smile and say hello. Perhaps they came to the conclusion that I’m not a crazy American, just a friendly one.
The costumes on these kids were fantastic. I’m sure they were all handmade because with so many tailors why wouldn’t you? This is quite an international group of kids but they were certainly into the spirit of the day but nothing says America like kids dressed up and a sack full of candy!
I saw: Woody, a cowboy, Spiderman wearing a turban (I loved it), Superman, a Valkyrie (Viking goddess), a pumpkin, fairies, princesses, a bride, Minnie Mouse, ballerina, a witch, Elvis, and my favorite – a traditional ethnic Chinese costume.
So other than the school party, trick-or-treating at the complex, and a few decorations at restaurants and stores that are frequented by ex-pats you would never know it was Halloween. We certainly didn’t have an early nor’easter to ruin anything! Happy Halloween from the Puppies, Bunnies, and Pandas classes!
3PM – 80°