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Halloween Pinoy Style

November 3, 2009

Trick or treat! So American! But the Philippines has caught on to the trick or treat bug much to the delight of kids and parents as well. Another day to be whimsical and fun.

For the past 4 years, we have been lucky enough to get invited to our friends village in Pasig. The set-up could not have been better. It is a a row of single detached houses which are not too far apart making walking from house to house a breeze. No need to ride a car to get from House A to House B which you would need to do if you go trick or treating, say in Corinthians. Plus since it’s a fairly new village, most of the villagers have young kids so most houses participate giving treats and adorning their houses in festive Halloween decor.

Of course, Pinoy flair is injected everywhere. Houses offered Pinoy cart treats to the kids – dirty ice cream, popcorn, ice candy, cotton candy, fish ball, sago gulaman even mini burgers! Everyone is full to the max just going around tasting the treats.

This year though, we celebrated our Halloween both at my friends and threw a small party in our house for the close friends of my kids. It was fun! My daughter and I had so much fun decorating the house with our handmade decors. You can never go wrong with black and orange crepe paper strewn all over the place. Then she made pumpkins, ghosts, bats from cartolina and designed each one. My daughter, very artistic, got her yarn and put hair on her ghosts complete with sequins. For the centerpiece I bought dry ice at the Nestle ice cream house. It was an instant hit! If you plan to do this next year you have to call Nestle in advance to reserve dry ice.

Our halloween games:

1. Zombie Centipede Walk – make 2 groups of kids. First kid of each group
will walk like a Zombie, walk to a chair and get his other group mate who
will hold him by the shoulder and they have to go to chair again and so
forth.

2. Longest wolf howl – the kids should howl like a wolf. The one with the
longest howl wins.

Other games:

1. Find your monster group – Each kid will be assigned a sound – witch laugh,
wolf howl or monster growl. Cover their eyes. At the go signal, they are
supposed to imitate their assigned sound and find their other group mates.
First group to complete their team wins.

2. Mummy Wrap – form 2-3 groups of kids. Each group should have a kid assigned
to be wrapped ala mummy using toilet paper roll. 2 rolls per group should
be more than enough. Time it 5 minutes. The one with best mummy wins.

3. Pass the Head – design one of those cheap vinyl balls – put eyes, yarn for
hair etc. make it as ghoulish as the age of the kids can take. Let kids form
a circle and pass the head. Kid who ends up with the head when the music
stops gets booted out. Last 2 kids wins.

Note: You can’t have a halloween party if you don’t have Michael Jackson’s
“Thriller” blasting at the background.

Prizes: plastic creepy crawly bugs, snakes, frogs, rats. P5 each but the kids loved it!

The kids capped off the night with lights out and the “Monster House” movie:)

It was monsterric night!

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