November 04, 2015

Trick or Treat at Taal Vista Hotel

As I mentioned in my post, my son has no Trick or Treat event in their school. He is now in grade school so they have few activities that require costume. I searched for different places here in the South where we could join, I posted here the list of Trick or Trick events for 2015.  

We decided to join the “Li’l Monster Mansion” of Taal Vista Hotel because of the location, price and costume. My husband just called the hotel to reserve and he was advised to pay the fee on the day of the event.

P799 for adult 
P399 for kid 
Less 10% discount if you have SM Advantage card or BDO Rewards card 

I’ve read in their post “It’s a Halloween party that’s sure to be a fright. Come dressed in your scariest best and celebrate the night” so I decided to have a Dracula or vampire costume because I just need a vest and cape. I asked my family if they have vampire costumes and my sister-in-law replied that they have a costume so I borrowed it. Good thing that we will be going to my cousin’s wedding so I was able to get the costume, a week before the event.

My son used his graduation attire so I just used the cape and vest of my nephew. I was happy that I did not spend anything on the costume. I did not do any make-up anymore para wholesome pa rin ang hitsura. 

Last October 31 off we went to Taal Vista Hotel, it’s been years since the last time I visited the place. Three years ago we had staycation in this hotel and I was not impressed with the service but I’m happy to say that they improved the service. The staffs were smiling and approachable na. Keep it up!

We went there early and I was surprised to see that not all are wearing scary costumes, kahit ano pala pwede. After paying the fee, they gave us these tickets. While waiting we went to the photo booth. The event is from 3 to 6PM but it did not start on time so while waiting they allowed us to eat popcorn. 

Balloon Twisting and Games

My son was raising his hand to join the game, di naman makita ng host.

They started the event with balloon twisting and games. The problem here is there were so many kids, so not all kids were able to join and not all were able to get prizes. My son was sad because he did not get anything. 

Awarding of Best in Costume

Then a parade of costumes, I was not expecting that my son will win, at di naman kami nag-effort sa costume. 

Cherifer mascot performed too. 

Snack Buffet

Next was eating time, we were among those people na last nakapila because we waited for my son to go down the stage (best in costume parade). We were really hungry so I was really disappointed when we reach the buffet table, the only food there was steamed rice. 

Akala namin hindi na kami makakain, sayang P799. We waited for 15 minutes before the refill came and it was not complete. I don’t want to wait for the fries and pizza so I just get pasta, rice and chicken. Mahaba pa din pila sa likod ko. 

In fairness, there are salad station, nachos station and dessert station. 

Puppet Show and Magic Show

While eating, my son was busy watching the magic show and puppet show.

Bubble Show

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Last program is the bubble show, thank God that all kids had a chance to try the bubble. 

Loot Bag

There was a raffle but of course, sawing palad na naman kami. Hehehe! We got the loot bags and we went home. 

Adult loot bag
Things to Improve

1. I suggest they have a crowd control staff because the host cannot manage the crowd, especially for the games. Some kids and parents were staying beside the stage so even if you want to win in ‘”Bring me games” wala ka na pag-asa na makalapit sa stage. 

I noticed na same people lang ang nananalo kasi sila yung nasa baba ng stage. I hope they give chance to others lalo na ang daming kids. Even the host kept saying to move back, wala naman nangyayari. 

2. We got three loot bags, 2 adults and 1 kid and hindi pare-pareho ng laman. Hehehe! Yung isang bag may juice, yung isang bag may banana peel clip and yung isang bag snacks lang talaga.

Kid loot bag

3. For the food, it was so disappointing na buffet siya pero wala ka naman makuha. Ang haba ng pinila mo, you gave the food stub pero wala naman pala food. Nagpareserve naman kami, siguro naman they have the estimate kung ilang prepare nila food. 

This was the first time that we attended a Trick or Treat in a hotel so I’m not sure if this is the usual scenario. I asked my son if he enjoyed the event and he said yes. Though there are things that need to improve, it was still a different trick-or-treat experience for my son. I'm sure it will be a memorable trick or treat for him. Next on my list is the Easter Sunday event.

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  1. Glad that he enjoyed the event. I can see that he is happy and congratulations too for winning. :)

  2. I thought di na nga kayo makakain sis seeing the empty food containers, hehe.. Mabuti they re-fill it.

    My son had his first trick or treat last Saturday but it was just part of Kiddie Club. No costume needed and they just provide us the map where stores to go for the trick or treat. He took home a bag full of candies and chocolates. Nakakapagod lang mag-ikot but I can see he was so happy. He even told me next year daw magcostume na sya. Hehe...

    1. Kami may dala pumpkin basket pero wala pala ikutan na mangyayari. Hehehe.

  3. Wow! nice mommy at naka-attend din kayo ng "Tricks or treat". Aw, so sad naman about sa food nila. sana pala nagbaon nalang kayo mommy.

    1. Hehehe! sana nga nagbaon din kami para habang wala pa food, may kinakain kami. :)

  4. We did our Trick or Treat as well and my kids had so much fun knocking house to house. We got a lot of candies and chocolates. I have to agree with Crowd control, hirap nyan, kasi yung iba hindi nag follow and ended up chaos. Cute ng outfit ng anak mo.:)

    1. Thanks. trick or treat in US is really fun noh, haven't tried knocking door for treats. :)

  5. The event setup looks good. So sad about the buffet part. It happen to me before and it's really really disappointing. Well I guess your family had fun.

    1. Yes, the set up was really nice and there were staff wearing costumes too.

  6. Oh, that sounds like poor planning on events management. I would be disappointed if I paid in full and not get the promised perks, not even the food which should have been basic. Try writing to the hotel management, baka bigyan pa kayo ng free lunch or accommodation to make up for their shortcomings.

    1. It's ok, I know that there is no perfect event. :) I'm just sharing our experience and things to improve and I do hope there will be improvement next time. My son had fun naman despite of my disappointment.

  7. Oh that's sad about the food. there was a time when I took my son trick or treating at SM and we were really early pa and the shops have no treats! My son was so disappointed

    1. Aww, sadness nga, There are times that I want to bring prizes or something para lang di masad anak ko kung wala makuha. hehehe!