2009 Halloween Party.
So Halloween has come and gone and all the preparation time we spend on it certainly paid off as both us, the teachers, and the students, had an awesome day.
Last Thursday we spent about 3 hours decorating both Miranda’s and my room, as well as the hallway between the classes. The scare room took longer than I thought as Rob had the splendid, but time consuming idea, of taping black plastic bags to the windows over the cardboard. The result left the room pitch black and additionally quite dark when the lights were turned on.
On Halloween, itself, I showed up at noon, a couple of hours early, to finish off the small detailed on my room, such as putting the cobwebs up, hanging the posters, and getting the ‘touchy feely’ room set up. Miranda and Kris had pretty much finished their room and, thankfully, did the touch room by themselves.
It really was an amazing day but, of course, the photo’s will be a lot more articulate then I can be, so click here to see all the dun from Halloween…
The weekend prior to Halloween, Em and I made a paper mache head using a balloon, newspaper, and a flour/water mix for glue. It was my first time using paper mache, but after 3 days it had fully dried. I know you’re suppose to wait for it to dry between layers, but I was in a rush and the end result was a fairly hard head.
My paper mache head finished off with some playdoh eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and blood. The effect was more comical than scary, but I was happy none the less. The students seems to really like it, too.
Children’s Teeth: Unpopped popcorn
Monkey Brain: Udon noodles in an onion bag
Gorilla Tongues: Banana skins
Pig’s Eyeballs: Peeled grapes.
Every year I think the touch room won’t do so well, but it always comes up triumphs. Wouldn’t be Halloween without it.
We headed down to the university area after the party (I ran home for a quick shower) and had dinner and quick drink. We would have stayed longer but had an early morning bus trip to Seoul the next day.
Overall it was a hugely successful day. I don’t have any photo’s of my costume at hand, but will put some up once I can get a few off Rob. I spend most of the time in the scare room which, I’m very happy to say, worked out just beautifully. As the students walked in, they would walk passed the portable whiteboard (covered with black plastic bags) where Rob would jump out and scare them.
Without fail, the students would all turn around (screaming in the process) and look at Rob. I would then come out from the back of the room (behind a blackened divider) and literally walked up to them and wait for one or two of the students to notice me and start screaming. The rest would then, naturally, scream too more or less out of utter surprise that I’m there. My costume was a black cape with skeleton gloves and a scary skeleton mask (as above) and in the dark light was rather scary.
So today I have to go in and clean my room up which I know will be a mammoth effort. Not to mention it is the start of the November classes, so I’ll need to get all that organized, too.
I’ll probably get some more Halloween photos and will add them later, not to mention my trip to Seoul over the weekend.
Anyway, my fifth, and last Halloween party in Korea. How sad.
Hopefully I can take the fun to Beijing next year.