We may be Filipinos and be living in Singapore, yes, still in Asia, but we surely have been hugely influenced by this Western tradition.
Halloween has been a special tradition to our little family and had been doing even before the girls could even walk.
Growing up in a province in the Philippines, we’ve got a different way of celebration it. We call it, “Nangangaluluwa” were group of people, mostly kids or choirs stop by different houses singing and asking for alms and prayers.
I’m not sure though if this practice is done throughout the whole country or just in our province or even just in our town. hahaha…Here’s some parts of the song that I remember. Not sure if the lyrics is even correct.
Sa tapat ng durungawan
Ginigising ang may buhay
Kung kami po’y lilimusan
Dali-daliin po lamang
Baka kami’y mapagsarhan
Ng Pinto ng Kalangitan.
What I won’t forget of this childhood experience is my grandpa giving us a boiled egg each (I go around house to house with cousins, so each of us carry along one egg) as snack in case we get hungry on our journey. hahaha. Then we come back after an hour or two with coins collected! oh childhood memories.
This tradition has been long forgotten by now and replaced with the Western Halloween where everyone gets dressed-up and go around houses to gather candies. This has been the tradition that our girls has been accustomed to and they look forward to it every year. Luckily they look forward to it not because of the candies (oh yes! mommy controls their sugar intake!) but more of because they get to choose who they want to be on that day.
We usually ask them for their preferred character to be once October comes it. It gives me more time to research where to get it but not too far from Halloweens that they change their mind on who to portray. I know most parents could relate to this.
Like any other celebrations this 2020, Halloween’s is like no other. Woodgrove Estate, where many of the house owners decorate their houses and open the gates to give out candies is the nearest and most authentic Halloween experience one can get if you leave in Singapore. This yearly event is privately funded by the generous families who live there. Still being cautious because of the Pandemic, trick or treat has been put to halt and opt to do it virtually instead this year. Hopefully next year would be better.
Since we could only do some photos at home, buying/renting won’t be necessary for costumes. Having more time at home also means using some creativity and frugality combined to make the girls costumes made from recyclable items.
Here are some photos of them individually so you can see it more clearer.
Now let’s go back the memory lane and see how the girls evolved every Halloween.
Audrey as a Spider was 10 months old that time. I’m still preggo with Ysabelle.
Audrey as Pirate and Ysabelle as a Lobster with Cassy as a Fairy (a friend).
Quite low-key with just Pumpkin Patch costumes that year.
Got back to Halloween game strong with the Mario Brothers costumes. They got a moustache too but you know, kiddos…didn’t last long!
Then we start this year with them choosing what they want to be. Gone are those days when mommy gets to decide. Say hello to Shimmer and Shine. Daddy even joined the fun and donned an Olaf costume too!
This was the first whole year where I became a SAHM and decided to go DIY for the girls costume. Oh yes, that Moana and Owlette from PJ Mask are made from old shirts. I also got tired of those plastic pumpkin shaped buckets where the handle usually gets damaged even before we get to go house to house for candies. So I drew a pumpkin on some orange felt clothe I bought from Daiso and sew it on an eco-friendly black bag. That bag would could still be used for ages!haha…talk about being thrifty..
That’s about it for Halloweens! Till next year folks! Have a great one yourself wherever on earth you are and please stay safe!!!