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Sofie Sunday ~ A Bundle of Halloween Events

For the past few days we’ve been busy, going to the activities at SM Center Las Pinas.

We went to a haunted house, a Halloween party, went trick or treating, and entered a Halloween Fashion Show! Here are our events!

  1. Yokai Haunted Room

This one was only for just a few minutes, but it was still quite creepy. It was a small room where you can look and watch the haunted stuff there. There were lots of TVs (Mom said they were projectors), I think they were trying to make them look like picture frames. The TVs had Zombies, a ghost, a poor girl who was trying to hide from a scary killer, and also one that really was meant to be a picture frame. It was a pretty girl, and time to time it changes into a creepy ghost! There were also candles, dolls, and cobwebs as decors in the room too!

 

#Momsweettezil, #SofieSunday and #dinoShawn

 

  1. Halloween Party

This one is my favorite! Shawn and I went to a party at the event center, and they had lots of fun things! First, we sat down on fake grass with other kids.  We then watched two funny mimes do a comedy act and then we played games. We did a game where you have a straw in a rubber band hanging on the tip of it, passed Easter eggs with spoons in our mouths, and a newspaper dance. After sitting down, we had a magic show! This guy (the magician) with red clothes and a red top hat did lots of tricks, like making things appear and disappear, making things levitate, and changing the colors of things. We also got tattoos! Two guys did face painting on one corner of the event, and many painted their faces. Shawn got Spiderman and I got a cute little pumpkin! At the end of the event we were called up on the stage and took pictures, then also got loot bags and cupcakes!

 

 

 

  1. Trick or Treat 

This time, Shawn and I went with other kids and went trick or treating for an hour! First, we needed wristbands, and we got pink paper ones. That was so you could go with a group and get candy at the shops. Shawn was a Little Devil and I was a movie star named, Audrey Hepburn. We had a lot of fun getting candy!

#dinoShawn as Little Devil and #SofieSunday as Audrey Hepburn

 

 

Audrey Hepburn’s Iconic Poses

 

  1. HAHA Halloween Monster Ball

This one is the Fashion Show Contest, where you dress up in your best costume and walk on the big stage. The judges will see who is the best and give prizes to the winners. I think the prizes were gift checks and loot bags. I dressed differently this time, as Black Swan and Shawn the same as last time, only this time with a hood. Then after the contest and while the judges were deciding, we had a parade and went upstairs and downstairs. We also had ‘Bring Me’ and the host asked things to bring like wigs and masks. Then they said who were the winners and they got boxes and threw candies at us on the stage. But Shawn and I did not get any, we were trying to climb the stage and say ‘Excuse Me’ to the people taking pics and standing up. I think they should have given loot bags instead, though they just have to make a lot. And if not enough, they should gather up all the kids who did not get the bags and do that box candies thing to be fair. Or they should make sure that everyone is on the stage by asking and looking — this, they did not do.

#dinoShawn on Stage

 

#SofieSunday as the Beautiful Black Swan

 

#SiblingLoveFortheWin

Mom said we will always and forever be winners in her heart!

 

So there, these are our SM Events! Next year, they should do the loot bags and make sure they let everyone have them.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid post and simply an honest retelling of events and opinion of a 10 year old blogger.

 

Momsweettezil’s Postscript:

Since 2015, we have been joining the Halloween Events in SM Center Las Pinas due to location and convenience. Prior to that when Sofie was our only child, we had been very loyal to Alabang Town Center. And I can say during those years, I was very impressed on how organized they were with the flow of activities, and strict with policies and time (No Filipino Time).

And the goodies they distributed always came with Halloween bag – it’s always a ‘Wow’!

As for SM Center Las Pinas, and this is a sincere and constructive feedback as a parent and long time customer, I saw how they have improved and continuously try to improve. Like for this year, they separated the Trick or Treat activity from the Halloween Costume Contest (This year it was free to join). And this is a great move and improvement because in the past, both activities were scheduled for one day. And most of the time, the kids who joined the contest (which was not for free, you had to purchase a certain amount to be eligible to join) had no more candies to get from the shops since they had spent their time in the contest.

This year, the participants of Trick or Treat (each kid should have a corresponding receipt of P1k to be eligible to join) could choose their 1 hour time slot to roam around the mall and get candies/goodies from participating establishments. We chose the 2 – 3pm time slot (Pink Wristband) and I was really hoping to see and talk to any organizer. I was only able to talk to security guards and maintenance staff, who seemed to be the one in charge that time. I asked them how come I could still see some kids with a different color of wristbands, which I thought it should only be ‘Pink’ for that time slot. There were even some kids (non-participants) who made ‘singit’ in the queue.

I know these are just candies (Heck, I can always buy my kids candies and save myself from achy feet!) and activities like these are meant for fun, and for kids to enjoy. But at least just to be fair for those who made efforts in registering, I think the management should implement stricter rules and have proper communication among their staffs, the handlers and establishments. Priority should be given to those who have wristbands, after all this activity was not entirely free.

My Kids’ Past Halloween Events Throughout the Years

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Responsible Pet Ownership

Triple E’s. Enlightened, educated and excited.

I went home with our furbabies today feeling these Triple E’s. These are all I can say about the Healthy Paws pet event in SM Center Las Pinas that we attended today. Aside from free anti-rabies vaccine and deworming, there were pet goodies and game prizes and raffle!

 

Twig and Fortune getting their shots.

For humans/pet parents, there were games, activities, talk, and question and answer about pets, pet food, and rabies amongst others.

 

Not a care in the world. Cats will be cats.

But my biggest takeaway from it was it enlightened me in a deeper level of being a responsible pet parent. I was also educated more about rabies and busted some myths that we were accustomed to.

For simplicity, rabies is a virus. You will only get rabies, if you were bitten by an animal that has rabies. How will an animal have rabies? They will have rabies if they were bitten by an animal carrying that virus. So if you were bitten by your indoor pet which has updated anti-rabies shot, you are mostly safe. (Note: I am not a vet, for further questions about rabies I highly recommend you discuss it with a licensed veterinarian.).

During the talk, I was mostly impressed when the Las Pinas City Veterinarian mentioned that they will soon have a program for spaying and neutering. For someone who used to rescue stray cats in the streets, this is good news. Soon, they will also have rules for loitering animals, in aid of propagating a rabies-free city.

I have also raised questions about TNR (Trap – Neuter – Return) program since I still believe in having community cats. The City Vet said that it can be done per subdivision or village but in general as of now, he said that it might have some conflicts with the anti-rabies law.

I also asked about implementation of having microchips for pets as I know in Makati City it has been done. The City Vet said that yes, it is one of the programs he is working on. I’m very excited that somehow the government is now more active and is finding new ways in taking care of our pets and the animals around us.

Too bad, I did not bring my kids with me (I just asked our yaya to come along to help me with our kittens). I’m sure it will be a fun and learning experience for them.

Goodies we got!  On the left, prize I won in one of the games. On the right, freebies from answering a survey.

 

Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. Information written in this post was based on my experience in the pet event and my understanding during the talk/orientation.