Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Heartlands Halloween Success - Community Bonding At It's Best

Just a very quick article to applaud the hard work of a group of very focussed and talented young Singapore Polytechnic students. Also to thank all the rest of the volunteers - grassroots people (CCMC, RC and Sub-Committees) and all of the other student helpers.

The atmosphere was electric


The '2011 Halloween Spooktacular' at the Anchorvale Community Club at Sengkang West took place on Saturday night (29th October) and featured the first ever 'Heartlands Halloween Haunted House'.

To say the event was a resounding success would actually be an understatement! Just a few short weeks ago, we were getting worried that we had only sold just over 300 tickets for the night. Fast forward to Saturday afternoon and we had to put a freeze on ticket sales (around 1,070 sold) or we would have risked not having enough goodie bags.

An early arrival in costume


The event was due to start at 7:30pm, but by 6:30pm - while it was still daylight - the first of the residents began showing up. This enthusiasm and excitement continued into the evening. With other walk-ins, the number of attendees was well in excess of what we ever could have imagined. By 8:00pm, the plaza area was completely full of people and the queue to get into the haunted house at the multi-purpose hall was already stretching as far as the eye could see.

Jack-O-Lantern Decoration competition


If attendance alone was not enough, the atmosphere was just electric. I'm guessing almost half of the residents came in costume, some of which must have taken hours (if not days) to prepare... and everywhere you looked, there were people bonding, laughing and having a general 'blast' of a time.

Winner of the best dressed competition


The demographic of the crowd was also very interesting - everyone from the young families - parents and children, senior citizens and of course, the young adults... teenagers and early 20's. It really was a complete cross-section of our close-knit community in Sengkang West... In my Grassroots leadership role, I couldn't help feeling quite proud and excited as one of the key organizers of perhaps the most successful and fun event ever in our constituency!

Absolutely - this was Community bonding at it's best!

Congratulations to everyone involved...

Click here to see hundreds of pictures from the event

The picture below, is my family with the Guest of Honour, Dr Lam Pin Min (yes, I'm the one in the mask - quite an improvement to my everyday look, right?):



A Sea of People


Putting on a brave face in front of a very frightening Snow White in the Haunted House

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