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Where to buy Halloween costumes in Beijing

Halloween

Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle.

Although Halloween isn’t a big holiday in China, more and more people are celebrating the “10,000 Saints Festival” (the translation of the Chinese name).

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Typical Halloween vocabulary

To help you gear up for Halloween in Beijing, here are 23 Chinese vocabulary words for your Halloween in Beijing:

  • Halloween (万圣节 – wàn shèng jié)
  • Happy Halloween (万圣节快乐 – wàn shèng jié kuài lè)
  • Costume (服装 – fú zhuāng)
  • Mask (面具 – miàn jù)
  • Trick or treat (不給糖,就搗蛋 – bù gěi táng, jiù dǎo dàn)
  • Candy (糖果 – táng guǒ)
  • Bat (蝙蝠 – biān fú)
  • Black cat (黑猫 – hēi māo)
  • Spider (蜘蛛 – zhī zhū)
  • Ghost (鬼魂 – guǐ hún)
  • Vampire (吸血鬼 – xī xuè guǐ)
  • Skeleton (骷髅 – kū lóu)
  • Frankenstein (科学怪人 – kē xué guài rén)
  • Witch (女巫 – nǚ wū)
  • Mummy (木乃伊 – mù nǎi yī)
  • Zombie (僵尸 – jiāng shī)
  • Werewolf (狼人 – láng rén)
  • Pumpkin (南瓜 – nán guā)
  • Ghost story (鬼故事 – guǐ gù shì)
  • Haunted house (鬼屋 – guǐ wū)
  • Horror movies (恐怖电影 – kǒng bù diàn yǐng)

 

Where you get your Halloween costume

If you are not one of the people who plan their Halloween costumes all year long and have no idea for a great costume, this article is a little guide where you can find Halloween costumes in Beijing:

 

  1. Dong Fang Mei Costume Rental

At this market it is possible to rent a costume. There is a wide range of costumes and add-ons for people on a special Halloween adventure. Rental go from anywhere between 75 RMB – 200 RMB per day.

English address: Room 1008, Bldg 18, Baihuanjiayuan, Shuangjing qiao, 66 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District.

Chinese address: 朝阳区双井桥,66号广渠路,百环家园18号楼1008室.

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  1. Huan Run Costume Rentals

This shop is the right address for you, if you can´t decide between a foreign or traditional costume. But be careful. You should have an idea in mind before you start your scan. The selection is breathtaking and the prices ranges from 50 RMB – 100 RMB

English address: 19/F, Bldg 5, Wanda Plaza

Chinese address: 万达广场5号楼19层

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm

 

  1. Miss Eliza Vintage

This shop is for Halloween addicted who spare no expense. The shop offers higher-budget clothes in this shop are mostly priced from a few hundred to a few thousand yuan, depending on the designer. But there is also a great selection of Halloween dresses, hats and other stuff to choose.

English address: 9 Nanxiawazi HutongDongcheng District

Chinese address: 东城区南下洼子胡同9号

Opening hours: Daily 2pm-10pm

 

  1. Muxiyuan Fabric Market

You are a creative person? You want to create a pretty stellar costume? Here is the place where you can live out your passion. And you will find it all here, from silk to felt. A paradise for creative people.

English address: Dahongmen Lu (south of Muxiyuan long-distance bus station), south of Muxiyuan Qiao on South Third Ring Road Fengtai District

Chinese address: 丰台区南三环木樨园桥往南大红门路木樨园长途汽车站南侧

 

  1. Shang Pin Yi Ran Clothing Rental

Another shop with a huge selection of costumes. Famous for its Disney characters and creepy animals, there's definitely something for everyone.

English addressRoom 204, Bldg 2, Baihuanjiayuan, Shuangjing qiao, 66 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District.

Chinese address: 朝阳区双井桥66号广渠路百环家园2号楼204室.

 

  1. Silk Market

This Halloween you have decided for a sexy silk outfit or a qipiao? For this you should visit the Silk Market. Especially ladies can pick up some sexy silk attire at this location.

English address: 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomenwai Dajie Chaoyang District

Chinese address: 朝阳区建国门外大街秀水东街8号

 

  1. Xidan Minority World Market

Are you not interested to spend big bucks for a Halloween costume? In this market, you can find some cheap threads. Furthermore, you can buy some cheap add-ons to spice your costume.

English address: North of the grassy hub of Xidan Square (between 77th Street Plaza and Xidan Shopping Center), Xicheng District

Chinese address: 西单民族大世界商场, 西城区西单广场绿地北侧(77街和西单购物中心之间)

Opening hours: Daily 9am-7pm.

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We wish you a great Halloween in Beijing!!!!

 

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Rebecca Andresen

Rebecca Andresen

I try to give some practical advice but I also try to dispel some of the myths floating around about expat life. I'm a third culture kid as well so I try to share that experience and how it affects my life as an expat or living overseas.
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