Luckily, with so many expat residents living in Amsterdam, the need for kiddy Halloween entertainment grew. For the 4th year in a row, a non-profit organization called Amsterdam Mamas brought their members together for the Spooky Buggy Parade at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.
The event took place on October 26, 2014, on a sunny Sunday morning. We gathered at two opposite gates of the park, at 9:45. The crowd was friendly, and the kids were buzzing – little pumpkins, superman, princesses, a caveman, a baby peacock, Darth Vader – there was plenty of variety. The parents who were wearing costumes themselves must have had a fun ride to the park. This date is not specifically Halloween…so they could have received some interesting looks on public transport ;-)
We started the parade as planned, at 10 o’clock, and headed towards the Groot Melkhuis, a child friendly café in the middle of the park. The crowd was mostly on foot, but there were also plenty of bikes, steps and bakfietsen [a bike with a large crate in front], some event decorated in the Halloween spirit!
We arrived at the café to meet the other group, walking from the south gate of the park. It is hard to tell how many people took part in the event. More than 300 kids were signed up, with many arriving with both their parents. Het Groot Melkhuis was packed with adults and kids alike and Halloween was clearly to be felt in the air. Kids enjoyed their (optional) free bag of treats from the SweetTasty sponsor, others managed to convince their parents to get humongous bags of popcorn. Luckily, there was a chance to burn it all off in the bouncy castle.
It was easy to see that many Amsterdam Mamas members knew each other from before, perhaps from previous events, or from online. Others were just getting to know each other. Certain to say, there was a very friendly and positive atmosphere. People were generally happy and open to meet each other. We’re not sure if it’s an expat or a parents with kids thing, but it was nice to experience.
This event was free to attend, and the treats were provided by a sponsor. Amsterdam Mamas is volunteer based, and asks only for voluntary donations to support their work. If you would like to become a volunteer, or sponsor one of the events, contact Amsterdam Mamas directly.
The following event organized by Amsterdam Mamas is the Santa Vintage train on 7 December 2014. We will soon announce further details about this event, and how to sign up.
If you are part of the Amsterdam Mamas community, or have happen to visit one of their events, please leave them a nice review on the Amsterdam Mamas InLivin Profile page.
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Check out the ILTV video of the event here: