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GET YOUR HALLOWEEN ON!
    2014-10-24  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Amanda Roberts

    aroberts42@live.com

    EVEN though Halloween is the second most popular holiday in the United States (Americans will spend over US$7.4 billion on Halloween-related items this year), it is only just now catching on in China. So for those of you expats here in China who still need to get your Halloween costumes and decorations, here are some tips to help you out.

    Here in Shenzhen, there are lots of ways to get your Halloween items. If you don’t live in the city, your options are more limited, but there are still some places you can check out.

    Locally, the best place to get your Halloween decorations is Party Jumbo in Shekou. Party Jumbo is located at the corner of Gongye Road 3 and Nanhai Boulevard, close to the Sea World Metro Station. Party Jumbo has pretty much everything you could need in the way of decorations, props, party supplies, and accessories, but their costume selection is very limited. They have a ton of costumes for kids, but for women they only have sexy witch, sexy vampire, and sexy devil. For men, they only have vampire and devil. They don’t have any costumes for pets (don’t laugh! Americans will spend US$3.5 million on pet costumes this year). However, for everything else, vampire teeth, tiny hats, wigs, party plates and napkins, streamers, fake spiders, gory masks, piñatas, balloons, fake blood, etc., if you need it, they have it. Party Jumbo is also an excellent place to get all your party supplies. You can find supplies for baby showers, birthday parties, Chinese New Year, and Chinese weddings there. You can even get Thanksgiving party supplies there. (What’s Thanksgiving without turkey-shaped plates?)

    When it comes to costumes, that is a bit more tricky. Even on Taobao.com, finding costumes in Western sizes (by which I mean anything larger than a small) is very difficult. It is getting easier to find them, but they are typically twice the price of what you would pay in America. This late in the game, your best bet for a costume would be to contact Matteo Party in Hong Kong.

    They have over 2,000 costumes in stock, so you can stop by their shop at 3/F, 530 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay and see what they have. They also have thousands more you can choose from on their website, but you have to order up to a week in advance. They also ship to the mainland, but it will take an extra day or two to reach you. Check out their website at www.matteoparty.com for more information.

    The best way to prepare for Halloween if you live in China is to plan ahead because one of the best ways to get Halloween costumes is also the most time-consuming — have them custom-made.

    Any seamstress worth her salt can make you a quality costume at a reasonable price. Just take a picture of the costume you want to any local seamstress and she will most likely be able to make you a costume that will fit like a glove. My husband and I have had several costumes locally made and have been very happy with them.

    If none of these options will work for you and you are just out of luck for this year, there is always next year. Hit up Spirit Halloween’s after Halloween sale on their website Nov. 1 to find thousands of costumes at 50 percent off. Have them shipped to your home address and have a friend or family member ship them to you here in China, or make room for them in your suitcase on your next trip home.

    Good Luck, and Happy Halloween from the Shenzhen Daily!

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