Celebrate Halloween in Chinatown


Celebrate Halloween in Chinatown

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Come and celebrate a spook-tastic Halloween in Chinatown! Dress up in your best costume and enjoy creating art socially distanced with local artist Chanel Peng. Enjoy the flying antics of Lion Dance Me’s traditional lion dancing youth. The ever popular pumpkin patch returns for fun family pictures. The kids will also get to take home the pumpkins to carve into their favorite design. Best of all this year there will be a video, photo, and poster contest with prizes!

UPDATE: Deadline for contest submission has been extended to Wednesday, October 28th.


11am – Opening Ceremony
11:30am to 12:30pm – Painting with Chanel Peng
12:30pm to 1pm – LionDanceMe
1pm to 2pm – Painting with Chanel Peng
1:30-2:30 – Hallo-Wheeeee! Movin’ & Groovin (via Zoom)
2pm to 2:15pm – Contest award ceremony
2:15pm to 2:45pm – LionDanceMe
3pm -Event ends

Video Contest Information:

Create a short 30 second spooky video. It may be creepy scary, zombie scary, or spooky scary! Be creative and use your imagination, and have spooky fun! Who knows? Maybe you will become the next horror movie master!

3 age groups:

The winner from each group will win an iPad. For more information about the contest, rules, and to submit a video follow this link.

Photo Contest Information:

Take a creative photo at Chinatown’s most famous locations — Waverly Place, Grant Avenue, Ross Alley, or the Dragon Gate in your best costume!

4 groups:
 •Best Family Costume
 •Cutest Baby Costume (age 0-3)
 •Best Children Costume (age 4-17)
 •Best Group Costume: Group of 3 (any ages)


There will be 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $50, and 3rd place – $25 winners from each group. All winners will receive a cash gift card. For more information about the contest, rules, and to submit a picture follow this link.

Poster Contest Information:

The theme is “Things that go bump in the night.” What do you think goes bump in the night? Let your imagination be your guide! And get creative as you can.

4 groups:

There will be one winner selected from each group. All winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to a chinatown restaurant. For more information about the contest, rules, and to submit a poster follow this link.

Hallo-Weeee! Movin’ & Groovin Information:

Get your blood flowing with this fun family fitness hour that will surely help shake out your creeps. This will be hosted by YMCA Teen Peer Health Educators on Zoom.

Painting with Chanel Peng Information:

About the artist:

Chanel Peng is a non-binary queer asian artist raised and grown in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Much of their art is based around personal identity often intersecting themes of race, gender, privilege, and body positivity. Their illustrations celebrate intergenerational Chinese relationships particularly around various holidays throughout the year such as the Lunar New Year and the Autumn Moon Festival. Their other illustrative and photographic works also analyze the gentrification and fethishization of Chinatown and the Chinese identity.


In this class we will explore the similarities in symbols and celebrations in Chinese culture/the Autumn Moon Festival and Halloween through painting. It will be an educational and celebratory experience of the unique identity that is being Chinese American. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Materials Needed:

  • Canvas or heavy stock paper 11″ x 8.5″ or larger
  • Acrylic paints: A full spectrum of the colors of the rainbow and black & white. We will be using a lot orange colors.
  • Brushes of varying sizes and shapes. Ideally one small fine brush, a medium round/fine brush, a medium flat brush, and a large flat brush.
  • An old rag
  • A cup of water
  • A palette or paper plate
  • A black ballpoint pen
  • Optional: apron or old clothes to catch paint messes


Date And Time

October 31, 2020 11:00 AM to
03:00 PM

Registration End Date

October 31, 2020