Couldn’t resist this parting Chengdu entry as I am about ready to head off to Luzhou.
After an early morning swim at 6:30 a.m., I hightailed it back to my area for a Walmart stop-in. Butter was needed, the last thing on my list.
Imagine my surprise to find one section, once filled with Mid-Autumn mooncakes, now completely stocked with Halloween items.
Halloween has never been a well-known celebration in China until just recently, within the past 10 years. Hard to find such items in small Luzhou but they do appear from time to time. The capital city, Chengdu, is s different story.
The area I stay in happens to be just a few blocks from the US Consulate, which has a huge American staff that includes lots of US families as well. With the Walmart a mere 5-minutes’ walk from the Consulate entrance, Walmart here stocks up on all the Halloween favorites that every American child would love.
The Chinese likewise buy items for their kids who attend weekend English language schools. These schools are popping up all over China, in every city, and charge quite a bit to have kids attend their Sat. and Sunday programs. The children learn English in a fun environment that includes birthday parties and other “foreigner” celebrations, such as Christmas and Halloween.
I imagine that the Walmart’s Halloween offerings will be gone close to October 31. Of course, I couldn’t resist adding to my already plentiful Halloween culture box for my upcoming Halloween lessons. I purchased some trick-or-treat containers and a couple new witches’ hats as well as pumpkin puppets. These should come in handy for the English Association’s Halloween Party the end of the month.
After that, I’ll be starting on Thanksgiving along with digging into my butter stash for holiday baking.
Hard to believe it’ll be time to deck the halls before long.
Time to load all my things into the taxi. How did I ever manage to buy so much stuff??!!