In case you weren’t able to attend The Finder Kids’ recent Ooky Spooky Halloween Party at Inspired Arts, here’s what you missed!
Trick-or-treating may be a bit different this season because of Covid. But with a little more precaution – face masks and a crowd limit, for starters – The Finder Kids‘ Ooky Spooky Halloween Party welcomed ghouls and goblins of all ages to have a Halloween-tastic blast over two over two Saturdays: 24 and 31 October 2020.
At the Inspired Arts‘ new spacious studio at TRIO on Sam Leong Road, 75 little ones (the sign-ups were capped at 50 or fewer kids per day) queued up to experience a day filled with icky slime-making, cookie-frosting, balloon-sculpting, dancing and much more.
The Ooky Spooky Party began with a mandatory temperature-taking exercise and safe-entry check-ins for every individual. Upon registration, kiddos received an activity map to lead them through an artsy adventure. One parent per child was allowed to accompany children into the activity rooms.
Alternatively, adults could choose to kick back and relax at Inspired Art’s very own cafe. Big and little attendees could take a break in the black box drama room, too, and watch kid-friendly, Halloween-themed movies.
Spot yourself in this video!
The Halloween-Themed Activities and Rooms included…
The Forest, a.k.a The Auditorium (limit: 50 pax)
Kids entered a dark and winding forest with green shrubs, vines and oversized flowers all leading to the stage. (They could even try to guess the number of creepy eyeballs along the way!) Once seated, they could enjoy storytelling sessions by Hamish Betts, Inspired Arts’ creative mastermind (and a recent recipient of one of The Finder‘s Expatpreneur eAwards), or balloon sculpting courtesy of ImaginArts.
Land of the Remembered, a.k.a Drama Room (limit: 16 pax)
This is where kids could craft Day of the Dead sugar skull and monster decorations out of paper plates, patterned papers and plenty of markers and more. In the other half of the room, kids and adults could take in some spooky cinematic offerings.
The Graveyard, a.k.a Dance Room (limit: 10 pax)
In this light-filled dance studio, kids learned moves to Halloween-y tunes – think Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” – as well as classic crowd-pleasers like Hokey Pokey and Toy Story’s “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”.
Halloweentown, a.k.a. Art Room (limit: 12 pax)
In this creative lab, no art was off-limit! From slime- and potion-making to various paper rolls creature creations, kids were allowed to express themselves while making a big ol’ mess.
The Library, a.k.a. The Cafe (limit: 40 pax)
All children were given a cafe voucher to satisfying their hungry tummies at this cosy cafe with fish, chicken and vegetarian options. In a separate room off The Library, junior chefs could try their hand at cookery, making sweet treats like cookies, chocolates and fairy bread.
See more from the Ooky Spooky Party in this gallery!
This little Donald Duck gets crafty in the Land of the Remembered (normally, the Drama Room).
The kids and Inspired Arts’ friendly team take having fun very serious.
This family of superheroes gets their groove on in The Graveyard (dance room).
Behold Hamish, the founder of Inspired Arts and master storyteller!
The event’s dance instructor made sure little dancers stretched first.
Look, it’s Snow White and Spider-Man!
Because slime is awesome (especially when it’s not made at home!).
For many, the costumes were just as creative as the party itself, like with this rainbow-striped dragon.
Forget sibling rivalry – this brother and sister enjoyed the entire event together. Aww.
Meet Mini Wonder Woman!
Kids ranged in age from infants and toddlers up to tweens.
Most creative costume might just go to this little girl’s gravity-defying Christmas tree hair and festive outfit.
After completing activities in each room, children could receive stickers to be redeemed for candy from The Finder Kids team. Also, throughout the event, Inspired Arts generously passed out goodies ranging from skeleton-print bandanas to coloured beads and even foam nunchucks!
Many families incorporated their Covid masks into their Halloween costumes.
Who says Halloween is only for the kids? Parents got in on the fun, too.
When a good time requires a good rest.
11 Sam Leong Rd., TRIO Level 2, 207903 (Performing Arts Centre + Cafe)
446A Joo Chiat Rd., 427659 (Arts Studio)
By Willaine G. Tan, November 2020
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