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Happy Halloween Everyone!

Ok, so this video is a little bit scattered. We filmed our Halloween escapades BEFORE Halloween Night, on Saturday, namely because that’s when all of the Halloween parties were happening, and that’s when most people would be in costume and out celebrating. It’s technically Halloween in Korea right now, but it’s pretty dead here at the moment, because it’s on a weekday. WOMP WOMP.

Some things we noticed about Halloween here: it’s definitely becoming more popular now than before. Five years ago we couldn’t find ANYTHING in the stores for Halloween. This year, though, we saw lots of places with decorations, and a whole bunch of stuff in the supermarkets. The supermarkets weren’t decorated, though. It didn’t go that far, but in a few years I think we might see a spiderweb or two…

Another thing we noticed this year: foreigner traps! We saw so many bars and clubs advertising Halloween parties and Halloween specials, and they’d charge higher cover than usual for it, but they’d have NOTHING Halloween themed in them at all. Maybe the bartender would have on some face paint, but that’s about the extent of it. No Halloween drinks, no Halloween music, barely any to no Halloween decorations. Just more of a “come here to spend your money for Halloween” thing going on. Total letdown! I’m calling you out on your BS, Hongdae Clubs!

Trick or treating isn’t happening in the city, but that could be because we’re not in a kid friendly area. Today when we were in our apartment on the way down, and our apartment has a lot of families in it, we saw 6 Korean kids in costume get on the elevator. They were all dressed as princesses, and they all had their candy buckets half full of candy. We’re not sure if they got off at another floor to go trick or treating there, but we were totally amazed to see that all. Why didn’t we have any candy on us?!?! All we had was our vegan powerballs. WORST HALLOWEEN CANDY EVER! No. Pencils are the worst. Hot damn I hated it when I’d go to a house for Halloween and they gave pencils. Those people must have hated children and happiness and innocence.

Our guards at our apartment didn’t seem to know about Halloween. We came home tonight after midnight, and we came from our elevator and walked all the way over to our guards and gave them Halloween candy. They looked at us really confused. “Halloween?” we asked. They didn’t catch on the first time. We repeated ourselves, and then they said that they understood, but maybe they didn’t and were just pretending to. Oh well. We either brought some Halloween cheer to them and they like us more now, or we just randomly walked over to them and gave them candy and walked away, and still made them somewhat happy. Win-kindawin situation, I’d say.

As for the rest of the night for our Halloween weekend, we couldn’t really shoot that much footage in the clubs and whatnot, simply because it’s too dark. You wouldn’t be able to see anything much, so, yeah! That’s it for this week’s bizarrely shot video. We’ve got a WANK, a proper WANK, that we’re shooting on Saturday. Huzzah! And then we’re off to the YouTube Music Awards on Sunday and interviewing some of the artists. Make sure you watch it! You’ll see us there. Subscribe for more so you don’t miss any of the good stuff :D

Oh! And check out some extra footage of Spudgy hating his costume. He’s not as festive as we are:

 

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  1. truidiotsplaysmart

    Martina where’d ya get that awesome balls skeleton morph suit??? We have some here but hey aren’t as creepy…more goofy. I’d love to be a skeleton for Halloween and scare all my kiddies

  2. Candice Haase

    The reason Meemers didn’t like the costume is because cats sense of
    balance is completely thrown off by any fast change to their center of
    gravity. Since the costume was around his middle it wasn’t that he
    didn’t want to stand up at first it was he couldn’t. Try tying a tube
    sock around his middle sometime and watch him stagger around like he is
    drunk. We do this to our kitty some times for fun. And he hates us for
    it. It is still fun for us though and he forgives us.

  3. Simon, Martina, would you guys pleeeeease tell us about the creepy room in your studio?? I don’t know whether I’m making this up but I remember you commenting in one of your videos that there was the little room next to the kitchen that was a bit haunted, and that you would elaborate later…but that time never came! I’m still so curious, I love ghost stories. Would you do an ‘Open the Happy/Scary’ about this? Pretty please with pleases on top!

  4. LongClawTiger
    LongClawTiger

    That was so much fun to watch! :) I was hoping for more special effects in the bathroom scene though, considering you guys were holding candles.

  5. amaya aguero monzon

    GUYS PLEASEEEE VLOG !!!! or at least vlog when you do something like that I wanted to see more of the streets in Halloween !!

  6. where the bottles of soju that the strangers drank already opened? they seem so trusting! not too sure if that would fly well over here lol

  7. Oscar_de_Jarjayes

    SImon, long hair actually suits you so well!!

  8. Melmo Hikaru Van Buren

    still say toothbrushes are the worst halloween handout ever

  9. EspadaKiller

    Hmmm, Halloween in Korea seems a little boring? Compare to Japan….haha they are in a different level,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCNFA90H38Q

  10. Ms.Giggles

    This really makes me want to go to Korea for Halloween and do some elaborate zombie makeup and scare the crap out of people. I really enjoyed their reactions!

  11. MyKayla Hill

    I seriously wonder what SHINee and uKiss think about this?

  12. Gemma Deacon
    Gemma Deacon

    This looked so much fun! Spooking people in the street is brilliant! I didn’t dress up this year but I did wear a Brian Griffin shirt so does that count? Also Spudgy and Meemers looked sooooooooooo cute in their costumes :3

  13. fuuko4869

    I just came across this old video about Halloween at Simon’s school (Lee Hi’s school!!)

    Those kids are such good sports, willing to go along with your skit xD I was laughing the whole time!
    http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/korean-trick-or-treating/#.UnTvPPmVNPU

  14. Karen Rivera

    Thank you guys for making great and funny videos :) they always cheer me up whenever I’m down. EYK hwaiting!!

  15. kawaii_candie
    kawaii_candie

    In Japan it’s kinda similar. Halloween is not really an official holiday, but people love it for marketing values so there’s lots of halloween-themed stuffs everywhere… and since Japanese people love to have an excuse to “cosplay” most clubs and bars will have halloween parties, but it’s still not common to see like “normal” people (the non-party-goer type) getting dressed up, and kids definitely don’t dress up for school, (although i did see a group of like, 20 dressed up kindergardeners wandering around my area on the afternoon of the 31st and i was so surprised and it was the cutest thing ever!).

    In Tokyo however, they have a little more halloween spirit. in Shibuya and Roppongi, they have street parties. everyone gets dressed up and goes there and is just wandering around the streets, taking pictures, asking people to take pictures, and it’s just craziness! i went to Shibuya for the first time this year and it was so crowded and packed, it was awesome!! Japanese people can be very creative when it comes to costumes… there were a group of girls dressed up as Starbucks drinks cups, lol. and undead Disney mascots, and people dressed as Minions, and a whole team of Sailor Scouts <3 and lots and lots of zombie schoolgirls… it was pretty cool!

    also, there used to be a "halloween party train" on the yamanote line (the one that goes in a loop around tokyo) where people would get dressed up and just be rowdy on the train like you guys were doing, but it got busted up by the police 2 or 3 years ago…i remember there was a big controversy about it because it was a really racist nationalist group that set the police on the partiers… saying that halloween wasn't a Japanese holiday and the gaijins just better GTFO or somewhat… it was kinda crazy… even though it wasn't just foreigners dressed up…but yeah, so now you're not allowed to do that anymore.

    and even though when you get to Shibuya, everybody is dressed up and partying, on the train on the way there, i was the only dressed up person in the wagon. lol. which makes for funny awkward times.

    I have such good memories of halloween though and it's such a fun holiday, i wish it would spread all over the world!! it's definitely nice to see it becoming more popular over here.

  16. Absolute best was the reaction to the skeleton costume- I got stuck in that silent laugh where I almost forgot how to breathe

  17. Kika Penne

    You and your friends had the best costumes eveeeeeer!

  18. Annie

    Spudgy and Meemers are adorable.

  19. Stephanie C

    I do not think Korea needs ‘Halloween’ but if people want to celebrate it they also have a right too. It is that push and pull between the hegemony of western culture and the ability for cultures to take that influence and transform it into something new and subversive to that hegemony. My Korean friends talk about how much people are thinking and talking about family and parenting in Korea in the past few years, and Halloween in many ways is a family holiday–my friends thought that may be a reason why interest about it has piqued. But again, I do not think it is appropriate to lament a lack of Halloween spirit/activity in Korea I see showing a bit in the comments. Just because the West has it does not mean Korea should. I think Simon and Martina probably miss the atmosphere when they said its sad–its sad to be separated from your cultural activities. But it is a bit more complicated than that.

  20. Josephine

    why didnt you guys make spudgy wear his ” I heart Mummy” tank top ): I gave it to you guys at the singapore fanmeet XD

  21. ProudFlame

    I walked around in Randers (a danish city^^), with my theater school, as dead people~ It was zoo amazing to scare people c:< But hard not to smile :3

  22. Sara Suzanne Berg

    The funny thing with Halloween, I found, is that my students complained so much that there was no halloween party… (because it was a testing week this week) but they weren’t even dressed up, like.
    How can I give you a party if you don’t dress up? Lammmeee.
    Even I dressed up! Thursday and today! (then again. I love halloween so much I brought my costume with me from the US >> )
    Anyhoo. I wish I could have seen y’all, but I didn’t even go out that night… Not to Hongdae or Itaewon. bah.

    ALSO!!! Now I remember what I really wanted to comment.
    WHAT IS THAT SONG!?? It was great! Amazing! Fantastic! Wonderful! I need it.

    • Bethany Kelso

      I totally agree~ It wouldn’t be much of a party if no one cared enough to dress up!
      And I found that song ^_^ It’s Calling all Corpses by Wednesday 13

  23. winki_ling

    in fact, not only Korea is not really into halloween, but most regions in Asia. i come from Hong Kong and people wont dress in costumes on 31 october unless in the pubs

  24. Wait wait waaaaaaait! I know this one! The woman at 6.08 (and others).

    뭐예요!

  25. …That guy on the subway with the light hair and the thick rimmed glasses… He was really gorgeous.

  26. Gracie グレイス

    And holey moley, this has to be one of my favourite WANKs. I’m Australian, so we don’t celebrate either but gosh their reactions to you guys were hilarious ><

  27. Gracie グレイス

    Barely 10 seconds into the video….. THIS INTRO IS AWESOME!!! <3

  28. Not sure what this video was about. Too many cute guys. _>
    “Oh, so that’s how Halloween is in– Ohmylawd, look at that hottie!”
    “Haha, those costumes are so– Rawr! what’s your number?”
    “Bahahaha poor gi– Hellooooo, handsome!” xD

  29. It’s not really a big thing in Australia. Shops have decorations up and some people go to some parties but that’s about it. You often hear people being negative about it and that it’s Australia being “Americanized”…. but I really want to have a proper Halloween at least once in my life! Because I love dressing up.

    We did have some little trick or treaters in our apartment building. My husband heard voices outside in the hallway and opened the door just in his underwear, the little kids started coming towards him but he shrieked, freaked out and slammed the door. Then he felt bad and when the kids were outside the apartment building he was calling to them from the balcony (still in his underwear)…. while I was trying to tell him that’s probably not a good idea. haha

  30. I LOVE YOU GUYS SOOO MUUUUCH!!!! OMG!! MEEMERS PANDA!!!!! SO CUUUUUUTE!!!!

  31. How drunk were you to say “One shot” with a bottle of soju? Wow. thankfully, you remembered & said “a little” :D

  32. Elizabeth Le
    Elizabeth Le

    ERMAGERD! Spudgy in a lobster costume! cute!

  33. Lily Snape

    Whoah youtube comments is totally haunted! I left a comment and it just…disappeared. *dun dun dun* O.o

  34. Lily Snape

    The scared Koreans..yes, best reactions ever! Me and my husband went out dressed up on Saturday night but we couldn’t even scare some kids at the restaurant. -_-‘ Dutch kids are apparently not scared of anything, darn it! They don’t really celebrate Halloween here either but it’s becoming more popular, like in Korea. :)

  35. Megan Yoder

    Omg I’m so jealous!! My halloween here in Korea was less than epic. :( I’m coming to find you guys next year.

  36. jeenisthebestt . ♥

    whyy???? lol rubbing on taemin , lol he’s soo innocent ! ,
    ohhh you so nastyyy .

    • oscar4life

      omg, and then theres Minho standing awkwardly off to the side, trying to put on a brave face while his bandmate gets molested by Martina….

  37. irritablevowel
    irritablevowel

    Okay, friend who dressed up as a bottle of soju. GOOD JOB! 10 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!

  38. lady_kire

    *From what my dad said*
    I had a relative visit from Australia and he was leaving on Halloween. He asked why everyone was in costumes and my dad had to explain to him that its Halloween. Apparently he didn’t know what Halloween was.

    I guess it’s not big in Australia either.

    I know in Hong Kong, Halloween is like something game shows do. They dress up for a Halloween theme.

    I’m not a fan of Halloween and I live in Canada. I think I live in the wrong country..

  39. Carolina Ren

    Here in Ecuador we don’t celebrate Halloween, in fact I already see Christmas decorations on some super markets. What we do celebrate is the “Day of the Diseased” or “Día de Difuntos” in which we eat “colada morada” a sweet purple corn drink, and “guaguas de pan” sweet breads shaped as babies.

    • Rachel Young

      ah interesting. I’ve been teaching my student (English teacher in a Korean High School) about the Mexican holiday “Dia los Muertos” or Day of the Dead as I tell students. Though I’m African-American, I feel that students should learn about other cultures’ holidays besides US ones.

      • Halophila
        Halophila

        Dia de los Muertos is actually comprised of a couple of days. The first day is also known as Dia de los inocentes (day of the innocents) , which is a day of remembrance for children and infants that have passed away (Nov 1st). The second day (Nov 2nd) is the day of remembrance for adults that have passed away.

        • Rachel Young

          Yup I told them that (the difference in days) and sort of compare it to the Korean holiday of Chuseok with having altars and paying respect to those who have died. We also talked about marigold flowers, sugar skulls, and bread of the dead. I had to keep it short and simple because too much English lecture = lost Korean students. At the end I had them draw a skull. My whole point was to show that Halloween isn’t celebrated everywhere and to spark their interest in actually going and researching this subject themselves.

  40. I always love when you go out and interact with people on the street. Great wank! Also, I see you lovin’ on the Taemin cutout Martina! That’s gonna be awkward when he sees the vid after the interview, lol.

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