This year, to encourage students to employ English as a window to the world, the English Department planned a series of activities to celebrate Halloween. Spooky activities kicked off from 24 October 2011; beginning with a partial screening of the horror movie, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, followed by a “HOLLOWeen Hunt” which required students to recite spooky and creepy tongue twisters, and unravel Halloween-themed riddles. On 31st October, students were treated to an informative, yet entertaining session by officers from the Public Affairs section of the U.S. Consulate. Through the session, students learnt the origin and significance of Halloween, and saw the parallelism between this Western festival and the Chinese festival of “Hungry Ghosts”. They acquired a better understanding of the popular Halloween symbols, such as Jack-O-Lantern. The session was not complete without games and treats - students enthusiastically participated in traditional Halloween games such Mummy Dress-up, Apple Bobbing, and were treated to candies from the witch’s cauldron!
The week -long Halloween celebration then culminated in the screening of the second half of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, which drew shrieks of horror, amidst squeals of delight from the audience. Students were certainly treated to a fun-filled yet enriching Halloween celebration this year.
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