One thing that's cool is that every place decorates. This is the coolest place I've seen. They have actual pumpkins and dead leaves! But it definitely helps because when you live in a big city where it's still 90 degrees everyday and there are no changing leaves or pumpkins or sweaters or hot cider...it doesn't feel like Halloween at all.
Even places like McDonalds are covered in decorations. And they get away with some weird, almost gruesome stuff that would not fly in Christian America. For example, the windows at KFC are covered with bloody hand prints.
All of our schools especially go all out with pictures and spiderwebs and ghosts everywhere. And speaking of weird, almost gruesome stuff on this wall you can kind of see a bloody little girl on the left here. Which I feel like would be a little much for a children's school in America.
Most of the decorations are pretty creative or homemade. Stores don't sell very much of this stuff and there aren't Halloween stores popping up all over like in America. Children's costumes are kind of the same. Think like 1950's American costumes with just cheap masks and props and some generic costumes (like a lot of rip off Elsa-ish dresses and that kind of thing). And if you want to buy an adult costume, forget about it. Also, Halloween candy is not a thing nor is trick-or-treating. I really miss candy corn. But overall it just isn't quite as commercialized as it is in America, which I guess is kind of cool.
Our schools all have Halloween parties. The kids dress up and they play games and have haunted houses and things (this door leads to a haunted house room). I didn't do anything at my schools, but some of my roommates got to join in the parties and dress up and take pictures. Tuna and Dylan had to dress up as princes. I never get asked to do anything cool ha.
Stuff that I did for Halloween:
So me and Shoe decorated our room in classic Vietnam style.
With little cutout drawings.
And we also came up with generic, thrown together costumes.
She is a devil and I am an angel. Obviously. We went out to Bui Vien, which is the big tourist party street here in HCMC and where we usually go out. It was completely, totally packed and so crazy. But still, almost no one is dressed up.
But the cool thing about that is, every single Vietnamese person who saw us got excited and took selfies with us and called us beautiful basically every 10 seconds. Or they'd just point excitedly and say "ANGEL" because they were so excited that they knew the English word for what I was. It was very cute.
Some of the many many strangers we took selfies with.
Bui Vien, super packed. Unfortunately at some point Shoe's phone got stolen. And of course she was upset so we decided to go home.
But on the way home we were driving past Bia Set (which I've posted about before) and decided to stop for food. Our favorite waiter was there and done working so he joined us. He doesn't speak any English but with Tuna's limited Vietnamese, and bad google translate, and a lot of hand gestures we always have a good time with him haha.
And eventually he ends up taking us to a karaoke place. These places are so cool, because they're just private rooms with microphones and screens and you just pick whatever song you want on that little touch screen on the left there and people bring you beer or whatever you order. So that's basically how our Halloween ended with us all in a private karaoke room singing Sweet Caroline at 5:30 am.