Lately Halloween has become quite popular in Japan. No one goes trick or treating and so it made us to ponder how do Japanese celebrate Halloween? After talking with a lot of people they really said for the most part people buy decorations, but don’t really celebrate. It seems it has become a day for adults to dress up and party, not children. Our local doctor’s office passed out candy, but the doctor himself was so scary that I didn’t think T could handle it and so we didn’t go.
An expat group I belong do did hold a large Halloween event with games, story time, trick or treating, and chaos. It was a lot of fun since this is really the first year T understands dressing up in a costume.
We decided for the Pre-School English class to take a break from the regular curriculum since a lot of kids couldn’t make it. We had our own fall festival of sorts. We played games, did a few crafts, read books, and even had the kids go around to different doors in the church to receive candy and prizes. It was a fun time and a great way to introduce an American tradition.