Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween at Benchama Maharat

Halloween snuck up on me this year.  It was at our Wednesday afternoon staff meeting that we were told students would be having an assembly and we should dress in halloween attire.  This was not a surprise for everyone.  Anyone who has been teaching EP knows that Halloween is an English speaking celebration and as part of the cultural immersion, students get to party on down!  It's amazing how quickly people can come up with costumes. 

Manoraj, our emcee...

with David

and some of the EP staff.

The students always know everything before the teachers, so they were well prepared...


As far as Thais are concerned, Halloween is ONLY about scary ghosts, ghouls, vampires, dracula, and the living dead.

The assembly opens with, what else.... the full length version of Thriller!

Prizes abound, and they're nothing to sneeze at.  A trip to Macro (think Sam's Club) produced boxes and boxes of cookies, cakes, and sweets.

Trivia questions about English speaking Halloween and Thai ghost stories were posed, and correct answers war rewarded with, not a package, but a box of treats. (These Thais love their sweets)

In between trivia, ghost story telling contests and costume awards kept the crowd tuned in.

While the rest of the city wonders where these creatures came from and what are they doing in our city, the students get a reprieve from classes for the afternoon, and a lot of sugar to carry them through the day.