It's no secret that in China you can't buy things that are "normal" & easy for us to buy in the States, especially items that have to do with cooking, eating & holidays. A huge "unicorn" product, that you can barely find in China, are costumes. There are a few costume pieces that you can always find, but mostly you have to get creative.This made Halloween season super fun & quite interesting to see all the make shift costumes the kids came up with with items from home & by adding to those few pieces you can find. Here's some of the costumes you may find in a Chinese classroom. :)
As is the case anywhere, paper masks are all the rage.
White clothing is an obvious choice for ghost-wear. If you have a white jacket, you have a ghost costume. Obviously.
The gold polyester witch hat.
Though costumes are hard to find in China, this costume is in abundance at all major grocery stores.
The cape is also readily available at all major grocery stores.
The Invisible Costume.
Some kids just come in their normal clothes & act like whatever their "costume" that you can't actually see is. Below, CiCi was a kitty cat. Obviously.
Puppets are great, aren't they. Great costumes.
The Face Paint.
It's an easy go to & transforms you into any animal print clothing you have.
You can find these occasionally at the grocery store.
Hats transform everything.
The Plastic, Glitter Mask.
Again, another grocery store common. Why did I say there weren't Halloween costumes in China?!
Then you'll also see lots of Combo costumes.
mask & capes
hats & masks
hats, masks & capes
masks & wands
see lots of capes, masks, princesses
Tao Bao Costumes
Every now & then, you'll get a student who ordered off line, from Tao Bao, which is like the Amazon of China. These costumes are more like our costumes at home & a little more elaborate.
It's always an adventure on dress up days to see what they come up with! And super cute. :)