You may be asking yourself, “Isn’t Halloween all about costumes and candy?” and “So, what’s green about that?”
Well, The Finder Kids‘ recent “Happy Hallow-Green!” event at Tanglin Mall found plenty of creative ways to inspire eco-mindedness in kids and adults alike.
Held over Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 October 2019, the free festivities started at 11 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m. each day.
Some highlights: On Day 1, there was a contest to celebrate talented home cooks and their kiddos. On Day 2, there was an epic costume contest, with one category just for contestants who reused and recycled their materials.
Throughout the weekend, there were wholesome activities like crafting, carnival games, dance-offs and more. Watch this video to relive the fun, and flip through the gallery for all of the details!
Attendees could pre-register for the event, or just walk-in. Over the weekend, about 1,500 kids and adults enjoyed the activities on offer.
Upon signing in and receiving an Activity Map, participants could follow it around the mall, doing a Mascot Hunt for cute characters on all four floors and visiting various tenants. Each such stop earned them a chop. Once they received four stamps, they could redeem the Activity Map for a Tanglin Mall goodie bag worth $15!
Truly, there were tonnes of totally free ways to have old-fashioned fun at the event, from carnival-style games to…
freshly popped corn, courtesy of The American Club. Its friendly team was there both days, signing up interested people for a free weekend membership to its recently renovated clubhouse.
Kids could go trick-or-treating at four Tanglin Mall tenants: The Cocoa Trees (#B1-19), Tanglin Market Place (#B1-01), The Better Toy Store (#01-11; shown) and The Children’s Showcase (#03-16A). At 3 p.m. each day, The Children’s Showcase also invited little ones to meet with a balloon sculptor for a take-away token.
Another mall tenant Scoop Wholefoods Australia hosted a market, where event-goers could purchase its sustainably sourced, top-quality bulk goods that use minimal packaging. Given the brand’s dual missions – “improve peoples’ health and well-being, and safeguard our planet for future generations” – it was a perfect complement to the Hallow-Green theme. The store generously provided vouchers for various lucky draw winners throughout the weekend, too.
To join in on some of the kiddie crafts stations – for glass bottle decorating and lantern making – or to have their faces painted, shoppers only had to show a Tanglin Mall receipt for a purchase that day for at least $30.
The face painting designs were eye-catchingly cool!
The glass bottle-decorating and paper lantern-making activities kept the little ones busy and happy. The eco message? Glass bottles can be reused or recycled, while paper is biodegradable.
A big draw for both days was a local magician who went by the name “Uncle Dracula” just for this Halloween occasion. During his half-hour performances, there was lots of great crowd-participation. At the end of each show, he talked with the kids about ways to take care of the environment – since you can’t just “magic” it clean once it’s polluted.
On Saturday, the participants of the International Cooking Club Singapore (ICCS) and their families competed in a friendly Cooking Contest. The club’s popular The Red Dot Melting Pot Cookbook, which was on sale here, is a must-buy for all expats living in SG. (Tip: It makes a great parting or holiday gift, too!)
There were two categories in the Cooking Contest: Best Presentation, which was determined by votes by the crowd, and Best Tasting, decided upon by three judges.
The creative dishes ranged from Red Velvet Zombie Brains Cake to…
(from left) Monster Cake Family, Witches’ Fingers and Isle of the Lost…
Black Spider Macarons…
(from left) Bat (Brazilian) Brigadeiros, Black Monster Parade and Frankenstein, which was made with all natural dyes and ingredients, just SYK…
Spider Eggs and Pennywise…
(from left) A Bunch of Worms, The Pumpkin plus Peanut Pretzel Truffles and even more. There were a total of 15 dishes contributed!
Everyone who placed a vote in the Best Presentation contest – based on the dish that looked the best and most Halloween-y – were entered to win one of five $10 vouchers to Scoop Wholefoods Australia.
The tasting judges included, from left, Tanglin Mall’s Daniel Tan, The Finder Kids‘ publisher Eileen Chia and ICCS founder, director and CEO Michelle Pilarczyk.
All of the ICCS participants and their children who contributed dishes received participation certificate to honour their home-cooking efforts and creativity. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for the winners were vouchers from Tanglin Mall, valued at $150, $100 and $50, respectively.
Best Presentation winners included – shown here with The Finder Kids‘ Editor-in-Chief Sara Lyle Bow:
1st: Red Velvet Zombie Brains Cake by Stephanie Maas and Olivia-Jade Neff (right)
2nd: Monster Cake Family by Lauran and Evie Malone (left)
3rd: Bat (Brazilian) Brigadeiros by Renata Barros Do Souto and Alice Souto (not shown)
Best Tasting winners included:
1st: Black Monster Parade by Keiko, Tatsuma (not shown) + Sho Yoshikawa (right)
2nd: Isle of the Lost by Lulu Rose (not shown) and Mia Suresh (left)
3rd: Spider Eggs by Amanda, Benjamin + Gemma Barclay (not shown)
Every vote counts! And, these were just some of the lucky-draw winners of Scoop vouchers – for voting in the ICCS Cooking Contest.
At the end of the stage activities each day, The Finder Kids‘ hosted a dance-off to see which little movers and groovers could freeze – and stay frozen – the fastest and best throughout the course of songs like Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.
On the first day, the top two dancers each won two tickets to that night’s Halloween party at the Hollandse Club, one the event’s partners. The club had a booth at which people could sign up for free one-week memberships.
On Day 2, the main attraction was a well-attended Costume Contest. There were two categories for Best Dressed, based on the creativity and effort put into the costume from head to toe, and Most Hallow-Green, for the most creative and impressive reuse of existing, found and/or recycled materials.
Everyone who entered to compete in the Costume Contest was invited to take the stage with The Finder Kids‘ emcee Trina Chan. For the homemade and DIYed costumes, contestants were encouraged to explain what materials were used, their inspiration, etc. This little spider’s mum helped sewed his costume, while the Harry Potter duo put together their outfits together.
This Super Mum shared that her husband had worn her outfit on their wedding day. Their little girl was just following in his Man of Steel footsteps.
These were two members on a so-called Zombie Rescue Squad. (Full disclosure: EIC Sara was also part of their team as Dr. Death on Day 2.) The fireman shared with Trina and the crowd that his daddy had done their gruesome makeup.
The contest judges, including Joyce Ho from Tanglin Mall and TFK‘s Eileen and Sara, took their responsibilities very seriously.
Before announcing each category’s 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners, a number of Judges’ Choice awards were given out. These honourees earned $50 vouchers to Tanglin Mall. Here, an Owl Family and Maleficent show off their prizes.
Other Judges’ Choice picks were this adorable Book Worm and Zombie Bride and her creatively creepy Vending Machine and…
this Green Monster and Wolf, both costumes made primarily with recycled materials. Bravo!
The Best Dressed costume category winners included:
3rd: Bumblebee and his Ballerina sister. His costume was truly Transformer-able!
2nd: This Crazy-Colourful Clown, featuring a papier-mache masque and bottle-top-covered coat (left)
1st: A Toothy Family, including (from left) the Tooth Fairy mum, her Little Tooth, Tooth Brush and Tooth Paste tube (right)
And, the Most Hallow-Green costume winners were:
3rd: This Good Witch wore an outfit constructed from discarded Nescafe and Milo packets and scavenged leaves for her broom.
2nd: The Queen of Hearts donned a costume made mostly of newspaper and playing cards (left)
1st: Our overall winner – an exceptionally creative and totally creepy Scarecrow – even had LED lights in his jack-o’-lantern head. Amazing! (right)
Day 2’s dance-off champion was the Luigi on the right.
Here’s hoping you keep this Hallow-Green spirit alive next – and every year! – from our The Finder Kids‘ team, (from left) Jasmine, Eileen, Trina, Jennith, Pat and Sara.
By Sara Lyle Bow, November 2019
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