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A Chinese Halloween Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Culture

It may not be a traditional holiday, but Halloween (万圣节 – wàn shèng jié) is becoming more and more popular in China with each passing year. The “10,000 Saints Festival” is celebrated in big cities all across the country, as young Chinese have taken an interest in this Western holiday. While there’s not a lot of trick-or-treating going on, lots of people attend costume parties or gather with friends to watch horror movies. Get excited for Halloween and get talking about it in Chinese by reading some of our best posts on this spooky holiday.


Chinese schoolchildren zombies.

Chinese schoolchildren zombies.

If you’re not familiar with Halloween at all, this is a great post to check out. It gives a bit of history on the holiday as well as some modern customs. There’s also quite a bit of Chinese vocabulary mixed in there, including a few questions for you to practice answering.

Chinese Halloween Vocabulary

I guess you could say I kind of like Halloween.

I guess you could say I kind of like Halloween.

You never know when you might need to use the words “zombie” or “vampire” in Chinese. Ok… probably only once a year. Either way, go ahead and learn 25 Chinese words for Halloween in this post. At least you’ll know how to tell people what you’re dressed up as!

5 Chinese Horror Movies

Image by Robert Couse-Baker from

Image by Robert Couse-Baker from

What better way to get ready for Halloween in China than by watching some Chinese horror movies? Get the scoop on five of them – old and new – including short clips from each one.


Halloween in China can be tons of fun. Just check out a couple of videos I made from celebrations in Kunming and Beijing:

Plants vs. Zombies

We took over downtown Kunming with a real-life game of Plants vs. Zombies. Check out the highlights in this short video:

Beijing Zombie Apocalypse

What does it look like when a bunch of zombies take over the Beijing subway? See for yourself:

Happy Halloween


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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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