Everyone looking happy and on various levels of sugar highs at the end of the party.
Last Friday, after weeks of planning, we finally had the joint DCE and EPH Halloween party! The 20th is a little early, I know, but Japan doesn’t exactly celebrate Halloween like America does. Halloween parties, while not a rarity, aren’t the norm, there’s no trick-or-treating, and you’ll very rarely see anyone out and about in costumes on Halloween. Only one thing seems to remain the same–commercialism. Halloween goods are in every convenience store, Daiso, and shopping mall. With all this in mind, I doubt the students gave a second thought to the Halloween party not being on Halloween.
And regardless of the timing, the Halloween party was a blast! We started the night out by teaching The Time Warp to the students to get them energized and make them laugh a little at our antics. Originally, we had planned to do the Thriller dance, but pro tip there: It takes longer than a half hour to learn.
A couple of devils trying to figure out what their cards say!
Once we were done with the dance, we dove into introductions and a game of Guess Who (not the board game!), where students each had a note card with an object, place, person, or character on it. The students (and interns) moved around the room asking each other questions about what they might be until they guessed correctly. The students guessed pretty quickly, so we recycled cards and gave them to different people a few times before moving on.
After another short game, we had a delicious and much needed dinner. EPH brought pizza, chips, juice, and cake for dessert, plus we had mountains of leftover melon pan, onigiri, and sandwiches from the lunches made for the English Competition earlier that day. A feast to remember, certainly.
Kai and Yuka finishing up a delicious slice of cake at the end of dinner.
We finished up the last hour or so of the party with mini games–one for each intern. Brianna ran “Roll a Frankenstein”, where students competed to collect all of Frankenstein’s body parts first, Martin ran a mystery box trick-or-treating game, Donovan led Halloween themed tongue twisters, Lizzete had “Witch Hat Ring Toss”, and I (Onaca) did palm reading! (Note: the students seemed to take the palm reading very seriously. I’m a little worried they thought I was an actual palm reader. Whoops…) Then, we announced the costume contest winners for Best Overall, Cutest, and Scariest Costumes and handed out certificates and prizes.
The students helped clean up the party at the end, and between foisting leftover food onto anyone we could and the mini heart attacks every time someone popped one of the leftover balloons, we were all headed home by a little after 8:00PM.
Since most of the interns chose to go to the English Competition in the morning and see what it was about (totally optional–we were just very interested), it was a long day–almost 12 hours of being at school! Getting to spend time and have fun with the students made it absolutely fly by, though. I can’t wait until the next party!