Since Korea does not celebrate Halloween, the academy requested that foreign teachers host special classes/parties to teach the kids about the holiday.
They wanted special class content, games, trick-or-treating, snacks, costume contests, class decorations... "Make a list of what you need," they said. "Costumes are mandatory for foreign teachers." Loving Halloween, we eagerly wrote lists and waited, and waited, and waited for supplies. We waited so long that, the night before the party, most of us broke down and bought candy and games out of our own wallets so that the kids would not be disappointed, and we decorated our rooms with monsters and haunted houses colored by the kids. Then, come the day of the party, the school finally showed up with supplies thirty minutes after classes started. (Hmmm....typical.)
It took over a week to introduce Halloween. After all, in Korea, the scariest thing they can think of is a kitten (and I'm not kidding about that). I taught them all about monsters, dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating... They didn't like the idea of a holiday dedicated to fear, but they quickly warmed up to the idea of free candy.
|Coral Teacher as Frankenstein-Reaper and Christina Teacher as Vampire-Witch (serious monster confusion).|
|Mummy Races. She looks so happy because she knows that today, at least, she'll get to wipe her ass at school.|
Kris Teacher dressed up like a cat. This genuinely horrified many students who cowered away from him in the hallway. I dressed as the Wicked Witch with green skin. This mostly confused the kids, since they don't have witches with green skin in Korea. They asked if I was Fiona from Shrek. I did managed to instill quite a bit of fear, however. My littlest kids were truly freaked out. The best moment was when I entered my middle school class and got full-on, super-scared, top-of-the-lungs screams out of 7 teenagers. Awesome!
|Kris and Moomarelli = Twinsies|
|Me as the Wicked Witch|