Halloween at the Busan English Library

I love Halloween. It's one of the greatest holidays. What other days can you pretend to be someone else and get free candy? It's amazing. When we first came to Korea, I was so shocked to learn that they do not celebrate Halloween. It makes sense why they don't, but it's still so sad that the kids don't have an opportunity to enjoy the festivities.

My co-teacher asked me to plan a Halloween Day Event for our students and I didn't hold back. I went all out. I wanted the kids to have a good time, but I also wanted to be able to enjoy Halloween too. If I can't drink pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin ale, I'm gonna plan an awesome event. 

We couldn't decorate the entire library, even though that would've been awesome. They gave us this little section in the front, but hey, it's still something. I loved walking in the morning and seeing the Little Halloween corner.

There are three native English teachers at the library including me. Kelly and Doug are also from America. It's nice to have my fellow countrymen working in such close proximity. We decided to dress up as literary characters, since we work at a library. So you see before you, Max from Where the Wild Things Are, Mr. Fox from Fantastic Mr. Fox and D'artagnan from The Three Musketeers. Even though we thought they were well-known characters,  the kids had no idea who we were.

A few students came in costumes and the overall theme was witches and wizards. I think that's the only costume that they sold, to be honest. If they didn't come in costume, we set up three stations to help them get in the Halloween spirit. At the first station, they created their own paper plate mask. At the second station they made spider hats. Finally, at the third station, they had their faces painted by Kelly and Markus. They also colored and created Halloween bags for trick or treating.

I had a great time and I think the kids did too. They were so cute with their little masks and spider hats. They were also surprisingly well behaved. Maybe they were overwhelmed with all the fun that they were having that they held it all inside. Either way, it was a Halloween to remember.