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Why We Attended Our Village’s Trick or Treat This Year

The long weekend is almost over! Noooo!

Give me more long weekends please! (*Checks the calendar for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. *Sees that they both fall on Sundays. Come on!)

Seriously though, I had a lot of fun during my long weekend. I was really busy (which I shamelessly talked about here), but I loved that everyday there was something new to look forward to. Last Sunday, after attending my goddaughter Xandrah’s baptism, I immediately went home to attend our village’s Trick or Treat.

Last year, I talked about my stand about Halloween and how I do not want to take part in it. (To be honest, last year was the only time we didn’t join.) Okay, I still don’t believe-believe in Halloween and I still don’t want the concept messing up with our concept of Christianity. However, I realised that if I make such a big deal about avoiding it, it may become a morbid fascination to my son. I decided to treat it like just another unique day, with limits. 

There are more reasons why we attended our village’s Trick or Treat this year:

  1. They decided to make the kids dress up in innocent and fun costumes. Child-like, in other words. No blood or gore allowed! (There were a couple of older kids who still went the scary look, but they looked so out of place they might probably hesitate next year.)
  2. Unlike in the previous years, the decorations to be used would be wholesome. Balloons and buntings instead of the previous years’ cobwebs and skeletons.
  3. The officers slightly changed the program. No more award for the scariest/best costume so good bye, bloody prosthetics. Yes, kids came with prosthetic makeup in the previous years! More party games, more food, more prizes, less spookiness!
  4. This is the first time that the village youth (which is 100% male) stepped up to organise an event by themselves. The boys ordered food for the event (sponsored by McDonald’s — no Pinteresty Halloween food here haha!), decorated the venue (and made the decorations by hand!), and promoted the event to homeowners. It would be sacrilege not to support what they worked so hard on!
  5. We only have 3 major village events: the village anniversary, Trick or Treat, and the Christmas Party. I love our community and will always support these events. It’s a great way to reconnect with old neighbours and get to know new neighbours as well!

I know I shouldn’t be explaining my decision to join the Trick or Treat as a Christian, but I just want to talk about it for the sake of those who cannot figure out where to stand. Don’t forget to set your limits! Without much ado, here are pictures from this year’s village Trick or Treat.

Event starts at 4 pm. At 3 pm, when we were all still lazing around, Pauline, Yuri's friend who lives across the street, went to our house. Harry, why aren't you dressed yet?!

Event starts at 4 pm. At 3 pm, when we were all still lazing around, Pauline, Yuri’s friend who lives across the street, went to our house. “Harry, why aren’t you dressed yet?!” She calls Yuri “Harry” hahaha. We then got ready while the fairy-witch waited downstairs.

We were ready to go and the weather was clear...

We were ready to go and the weather was clear…

And then it poured. Hard. Uh-oh.

And then it poured. Hard. Uh-oh.

There were only a few kids in the clubhouse when we got there. We waited, and waited...

There were only a few kids in the clubhouse when we got there. We waited, and waited…

And goofed around with goofy photobombing village presidents...

And goofed around with goofy photobombing village presidents…

And waited and took more selfies...

And waited and took more selfies…

Finally the rain stopped long enough. Soon, kids were streaming in. This corner of the party is what I call the "mini zoo."

Finally the rain stopped long enough. Soon, kids were streaming in. This corner of the party is what I call the “mini zoo.”

Yuri was really getting into the lion thing. He loved this costume. He was Simba.

Yuri was really getting into the lion thing. He loves this costume. He was Simba.

One of the games was the mummy-making game. Our mummy was not happy...

One of the games was the mummy-making game. Our mummy was not happy…

It was still raining but the kids wanted to get Trick-or-Treating so off we went! I didn't take a lot of pictures - my phone will get wet. You can't see the kids clearly here, but at the right side, some residents drove their cars following the kids around to light the way, guide them, and so that someone can easily respond if something happens. Nothing happened.

It was still raining but the kids wanted to get Trick-or-Treating so off we went! I didn’t take a lot of pictures – the last thing I needed was a wet phone. Anyway, you can’t see the kids clearly here, but at the right side, some residents drove their cars and motorcycles in a convoy. Some went ahead to guide the kids, some followed behind to light the way.  It was also so that someone can easily respond in case something happens. Nothing happened.

They were wet, tired, but happy!

They were wet, tired, but happy! Some kids already went home at this point, though most gathered in the clubhouse again for more treats. Spot my lion!

When we got home, we couldn't wait to take a warm shower and hop straight to bed. We were really tired but it doesn't matter - candy!

When we got home, we couldn’t wait to take a warm shower and hop straight to bed. We were really tired but it doesn’t matter – candy!

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4 Comments

  • Reply farrah December 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Maan! I was reading through your blog when I saw this post! I thought the background looked super familiar and I found out that we are neighbors pala! Omg haha i’ll say hi if i see you around :)))

    • Reply Maan December 19, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      OMG really??? What street?

  • Reply Aaron Burg August 1, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    So cute to see many child do their trick or treat. It brings joy to them.

  • Reply Preparing for Halloween 2017 October 22, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    […] written a lot about Halloween in the past and why we still choose to join our village’s Trick or Treat despite our Christian beliefs. In a nutshell, we join our village’s celebration because it is […]

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