I just realized I’ve neglected to tell you about my real Halloween!
After our day of fun with the kiddies, it was time for the ghouls and ghosts to grace the local bars for a real party — complete with live music, dancing and jell-o shots! We celebrated on a blustery Saturday — Evan and I cleaned the apartment in anticipation for some of our friends stopping by for a few beers before heading downtown.
The only place Koreans really celebrate Halloween is at English hagwons, so for my dear friend Chansong, it was her first real spooky celebration! I helped her transform into a kitty for the night. Rawr!
I suited up as a pumpkin, while Evan wore the Napoleon outfit again (aka Prince Charming to the children). Friends trickled over, and we listened to tunes and played card games while waiting for night to fall.
A decent amount of people ended up stopping by, so we decided to order a pizza from Domino’s to tide us over. Thankfully, Chansong took care of the ordering. It was okay for not leaving for food, but definitely way overpriced for what it was. Next time I’ll just walk and pick up some pies from Pizza Maru or Pizza School. Seriously, much more delicious and better quality.
There were some great costumes going on — Rachel went as Abe Lincoln, Greg was a man in the wind…
Matt dressed up as a Lego person, and (my personal favorite of the evening) there was a Fan Death at Deepinto! Classic!
Although there were parties at both Deepinto and Radio Star, we decided to hit up the wine bar first. The venue was popping by the time we arrived, and Chansong and I wandered to the bar to try the jell-o shots. They were stronnnng.
Chris suited up as a booze hound, which was hilarious, and we all had a great time getting our groove on at the club. Dave came repping Canada hockey, because really, is there anything else from Canada to represent? LOL :P
We ran into Mark and Hyeyeon, dressed as officers of the law. Apparently I took a cue from the Booze Hound and proceeded to down those little jell-o shots like candy — which, of course caught up with me later in the evening and sent me straight home to my nice, warm bed. Hey, at least I’m a cheap date!
All in all, a decent party for one of my favorite holidays. You would never know it wasn’t common practice for Koreans to celebrate — a holiday that centers around dressing up and drinking seems to go hand in hand with the culture!
If only they felt that way about American Thanksgiving…