I'd been excitedly planning for Halloween for over a month now. My costume idea all began when I was out with my friend in MyeongDong and I saw a bright pink wig. I just had to have it and before you knew it, the idea to be Jem was born. You know, a girl who's father died and left her a machine that made her into a singer - Jem and the holograms. I was only 3 when this show ended I'm not sure why I remember it... I love 80's cartoons. Here is the theme song to jolt your memory/educate you
I figured the outfit would be pretty easy. In a country where Halloween is not really celebrated you learn to be even more creative. I know I would probably not find an equivalent of Jem's signature pink dress, but as Jem was a versatile young lady, any 80's outfit would do. But I had in mind that my outfit at least be pink and that I find red star earrings.
I found pink tights and a pink tank easily enough in Myeongdong. I knew pink heels were out of the question. After scouring I found the right black skirt and star earrings in Nowon. On a mission to the Changsin-dong toy store street in dongdaemun (Map Below) I found the perfect gloves that I needed to modify by cropping off the fingers, I also found a pen I could paint into a microphone...Lastly I found the bangles in another part of Dongdaemun. The outfit was complete.
The weekend before Halloween was awesome. I was actually in Hong Kong, and they actually celebrate it, so everywhere was ghoulishly festive. I went to a haunted house in Disneyland Hong Kong which was sweet. When I got back my school didnt even let us acknowledge Halloween and i felt sad
Saturday dawned cold and rainy but nothing could stop the waegookin(foreigners) who had determined to party all night long. I assembled my outfit and headed out to meet coworkers. Since I live a bit far out I got stares all the way down to Itaewon (the foreigner district)
but once I got there, I was right at home. Every one went wild and was so creative.
god and a panda
Jem, God, Panda, Marge Simpson, Sailor Just a few samples After Itaewon I went to Hongdae
party over there.. and then rode the train home, so yes Halloween was great a success. All in all, I hit up 5 different locations that night. So don't believe that you can't find a place to celebrate- head to Itaewon and Hongdae. Be as wacky as you want to be with your costumes... and let the revelry begin...