Halloween isn’t something that’s celebrated in the Kao household but it’s certainly something we cannot escape from knowing that it is celebrated everywhere else. I had hoped I wouldn’t need to explain much about Halloween to the kids but the commercialisation of this celebration seems to be getting stronger, keener and fiercer year after year.
Case in point: the FairPrice supermarket we go to week after week tells us what we should be buying and celebrating. When we see the pumpkins, ghoulish masks and pitchforks, we know for sure, that Halloween is here. Everywhere we go, we see black and orange themed decor – in the malls and in shops. The devil’s horns go for sale as headbands to be worn vaingloriously this time of the month, and these days they come illuminated and flashing too at crazy prices and worn on many a kiddo’s head.
Another case in point: I also received an invitation to attend a Halloween spa party recently which I had to politely decline because like I said, I’m not going to be partying to Halloween; I am certainly not the type who would dress up with ketchup on my lips and chalk dust on my face to make spooky on horror night. Hurhurhur.
But when one of my favourite places in Singapore invited the kids and me to a Halloween party, I couldn’t say no. Before you judge me as a cheapo mother who would grab any free invite, let me explain.
The Halloween party that was organised by Port of Lost Wonder in Sentosa was not the typical spooky night out that we adults associate Halloween partying to be. It was really just a massively fun costume party. And because we’re talking about Port of Lost Wonder (which my kids love!), we were happy to just turn up, wander around and get ourselves wet.
But the best part for us all was that the premise of having our presence was that a scientist’s experiment had gone really wrong and monsters have invaded it, and we’re all supposed to come as superheroes to save the day.
And because my boys are into superheroes anyway – I’m sure you’ve met Spiderman on this blog lately – and because my girl has been Queen Elsa for the longest time, the Kao kids couldn’t wait to get into some superhero action.
And so to Spooky Jr. Heroes Unite we went last Saturday evening, and it was our first (and best!) Halloween party we’ve ever attended.
So wholesome. So fun. So different. With so much memories to remember for a long time.
The kids are still talking about the party until now, I tell you. That’s how much they enjoyed being superheroes that night, and being with others like them.
And what did they have to do to save the port? Three simple things, really.
The rest of the time was spent going around getting pictures with everyone else in costume, eating and pigging out, licking cotton candy and getting glitter-tattooed.
And then change out of superhero costumes – no overtime for these kids – when their job was done to enjoy the pirate ship all on their own.
Halloween is now known as just another occasion for more wholesome fun, and we are so going to be ok with that!
Spooky Jr. – Heroes Unite! is happening again this Saturday at Port of Lost Wonder from 6.30 to 10pm. Creative costumes stand to win prizes up to $3,000 including Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, Wii, hotel stays on Sentosa at Siloso Beach Resort and Amara Sanctuary, and many more.
Save the port and win great prizes – the perfect family Halloween fun! Tickets go for SGD39.90 per kid and SGD10 for the adult.
Disclosure: We were invited to save the port. All opinions, hard work and rewards are our own.