This year, we are in a bit of conundrum for Halloween. Our tweens (9 and 11 years old) have outgrown the NOT-SO-SCARY very friendly for children type of Halloween parties but are not yet ready for the REALLY SCARY Halloween aka Haunted Houses and Universal Studios Blood Moon type of scary. I am sure they will get there in due time when they are ready.
But for now, I need to find somewhere to take my tweens where they can have a fairly creepy time without the nightmares to follow them home. And I found the most ideal place. Come! I’ll show you!
Woodlands Woodgrove Halloween!!
Halloween Trick Or Treat at Woodlands Woodgrove is held every year on 31st October – Halloween Day from 6pm – 8pm or till the candy runs out. It is generously funded by the residents in the neighbourhood. There is NO CHARGE to trick or treat! Mostly it is a treat for the kids. It is FUN for FREE with your kids! How cool is that?!
When you arrive in the Woodlands area, park at the Al Ameen Eating house multistorey car park (30 Woodlands Ave 1, Singapore 739065) and follow the trail of trick or treaters to the Woodgrove area. Check out the map above if you are planning to head there next year.
The Home Decorations
The residents really make an effort to decorate their homes, gardens, gates and yards for the occasion. Some are creepy fun while others are downright haunting and sinister. A picture says a thousand words… I will let the pictures do the sharing on this post.
The Characters You Meet
What is a Halloween without the big bad scary green witch? We love the characters that we meet along the way! This is Halloween Disneyland!!
Look! It is Super Mario!
I haven’t seen one of these in ages and so was super to find a Chinese Emperor Vampire!
This is a blue Jelly Fish patiently held up by one of the residents.
And this moomoo cow character in a deflatable material just made us smile!
The Trick or Treaters
For my tweenies, dressing up is half the fun for Halloween. The other half is of course collecting candies. This year, we did not have time to think through what to wear as Halloween came on the heels of the Final school exams. We decided to raid our closets and be creative in recycling our costumes. The good thing is that the tweens are big enough to share some of our outfits.
The boy is wearing his dad’s Ninja outfit that we bought three years ago to celebrate his Ninja-style birthday. A little oversized for sure, but enough to create the effect with the adult sized Scream mask (also recycled from Halloween past). The girl is recycling from Big Brother’s closet with her black one-piece outfit and borrowing dad’s old béret and Dollar-medallion. Make-up for the mask completes her look as the Cat Burglar.
Many of the younger kids wore your usual superheroes and princess theme outfits. Some had on really cool homemade outfits but I was not quick enough to snap them before they ran off with their parents to collect their candies.
The good thing about Woodgrove Halloween is that there are many teenagers here to join in the fun. Here is a group of them, cheekily and cheerfully calling out that they were for sale… They were such great sports when I asked if I could snap a photo of them to put on my blog.
Then, there are those who really got into the spirit of Halloween. These two girl had on some serious make up! I was amazed!
When we were in Tokyo recently, I was hoping to see some Japanese teens dressed in Harajuku style. Sadly, I only found a group of them. So when I saw these students, I could not resist asking them for a photo opt. And they were very kind to oblige. Who says teenagers are scary?
We had so much fun this year doing Halloween Trick Or Treat @ Woodlands Woodgrove! Next year, we are coming back, with the kids’ friends.
Till our next post, love yourself, love one another.