During the annual Best Halloween Costume Contest at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong, each grade fielded representatives to compete for the grand prize. The students took to the catwalk.
The winner was Brian Ho, a seventh grader, who dressed up as a tree. Brian made his costume himself using simple materials such as paper mache cardboard and paint.
The school's haunted house this year took up three floors. I entered with my friend and our guide took us in an elevator down to the third floor. He left us standing in the dark and told us to find our way out.
Students dressed as ghosts hid in the hallway, banging their fists on the lockers. Only glow sticks on the floor indicated the way forward in the pitch dark. Loud speakers blared eerie sounds and screams.
On another floor, flashing lights made it hard to see. We had to feel our way around. As we edged along, ghosts popped out from under tables to scare us. Boy, were we glad to be back at the elevator!
A highlight of the Halloween party at HKMA David Li Kwok Po College was the competition for the student with the scariest costume. Students watched spooky horror movies and played fun games. In one game, teams had to find missing puzzle pieces. And guess where the pieces were hidden? In buckets full of ghastly stuff! Plenty of laughter followed as the contestants screamed and cringed while plunging their hands in the buckets to retrieve the puzzle pieces.
Maryknoll Convent School celebrated Halloween with an exciting haunted house, a photo booth and a candy counter. The theme for this year's haunted house was "The Funeral of Chi Chung". Members of the school's drama club dressed up as ghosts and relatives of the deceased. It took them two weeks to set up all the decorations.
"We want our schoolmates to enjoy their visit to our haunted house," a drama club member explained before the show. "If they seem too scared we will try not to frighten them too much."
Most students took the haunted house in their stride. But two Form One students scampered out, crying.
The school's photography club ran a photo booth to take snapshots of students having fun in their costumes. The booth had a perfect Halloween photo setting with its creative decorations.
The candy counter was another draw for students who could buy little handmade candy boxes with delicious treats.
The Kiangsu-Chekiang College International Section came up with a simple but fun idea for Halloween this year: a door decoration competition. The students had just two days and limited resources to decorate the doors of their classroom in true Halloween style.
The team Year 7O won the Scariest Door Award with its zombie head centerpiece. One of the judges, head teacher Jane Daniel, said the door looked creepily scary with a doll standing in for a zombie. Savina Tam Wing-wah, an 11-year-old student who was on the winning team, said the decoration required lots of creative teamwork.
Year 9C's cartoonish design won first place in the most Professional Door Decoration category. Leung Yuen Ting, 12, who took part in the decoration, said the boys on the team had different ideas at first, but they still managed to pull together and bring out the best in them all. As for the prize, students were happy to see their efforts rewarded with a pizza lunch.