It’s almost Halloween! Have you decided on what your kids will wear? Every year, it’s a feat to come up with original and well thought out costumes. Amidst the sea of Spidermans, Harry Potters, Elevens and ever present Elsas, how can you make sure your kids stand out?
Amber Folkman, the Seattle mom who found her home in the Philippines and the woman behind the blog, A Momma Abroad, came up with the most adorable and authentic Pinoy Halloween costumes for her three sons that are sure to win them best in costume.
Amber and her family have become endeared to the Philippines since moving here in 2009 and actually considers themselves FilAm. “My husband’s job originally brought us here but we stay with an open contract as a choice because we love it here so much. We have actually moved to the US for graduate school and immediately returned after my husband finished. My children share our love for this country as it is their home and their birthplace. Oz, my middle child fully believes and calls himself a Filipino”, shares Amber.
The warm weather is just a bonus to Amber’s list of why she fell in love with her beloved Philippines. “I love how family and child-centered Filipinos are. Filipinos are so kind to children which makes it great for a mom of three young boys. The culture itself is very warm and I love that. Manila is a giant treasure box waiting to be explored. I make it a responsibility of mine to go out and find those treasures! You may have to really dig and sit in traffic but they are here”, she adds.
Born of her love for being ‘truly’ Pinoy, she dressed her sons, 6-year old Aaker, 3-year old Oz and 1-year old Wells, in costumes emulating true Pinoy icons: the sekyu (security guard), mamang sorbetero and magtataho.
Amber further expresses why she chose these three ‘icons’ as her sons’ Halloween costumes on her blog post: “I love Halloween and I love how much The Philippines loves Halloween. I wanted to do a tribute of costumes to the daily magic I find here in The Pilipinas. There really is everyday magic for me found in the jingle of the sorbetero, the yell of the “tahooooo” and the smile of the security guards. I chose these iconic costumes because they are vivid stamps that will be forever etched in my Philippine’s memories. I hold them dearly. I thought it would be fun to dress my little Pinoy boys up and do a photo shoot and inspire somebody else to find daily magic in their life here. So I give to you my Sorbetero, Taho Boy and Security Guard with as much love as I can. You are a rare gift Pilipinas and I looooove you.”
Photos: Amber Folkman
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