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HALLOWEEN SURVIVAL GUIDE
Like it or not, this overseas-born tradition has hit our shores and the kids are lapping it up
like vampires in a blood donor centre. As the hordes of mini ghouls and zombies (whatever
happened to the simple witch?) descend on your neighbourhood, you’d best be prepared
to avoid any nightmares...
• Stock up on treats Individually wrapped chocolates or lollies are best – they’re more hygienic
and won’t stick together. Healthy options are advisable, but the kids won’t refer to your abode
as ‘the good house’.
• Decorate the front of your house if you welcome trick-or-treaters Carve a pumpkin, hang
some plastic skeletons, or perhaps play some eerie music. When it comes to Halloween,
there’s no such thing as going overboard.
• Dress up! Whether you’re staying home or knocking on doors with your kids, playing
dress-ups is always fun. It can be as simple as throwing an old white sheet over your head.
• Don’t ever offer or accept homemade treats Think food poisoning, allergies, choking
on a foreign object that fell in the mix... you get the idea. Lawsuit.
• Stock up on baby wipes These things are the best for cleaning the makeup off your little
monsters, and wiping down sticky hands.
BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS
If you’re sick of subjecting your children to the babble and nonsensical plots that seem
to overwhelm children’s shows (we’re looking at you, Yo Gabba Gabba!), it may be time
to nurture their inner prodigy. WASO is bringing the tale of Beethoven Lives Upstairs
to Perth for the first time, a production which explores a young boy’s understanding
and appreciation of a ‘madman’ (the deaf composer) who has moved in upstairs. The
conductor, Christopher Dragon, takes Beethoven classics – which, in all fairness, could
seem a little dull to the targeted audience of five-to-12 -year-olds – and refreshes them
with a lively narrative and award-winning acting from theatre company Classical Kids
Live. “The ‘spellbound’ reaction of the young crowd rings true to the company’s vision to
captivate and educate,” says actor Paul Pement. Perth Concert Hall, Jul 27.
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