Spooktacular Halloween Circus

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I did something really crazy for Halloween. 
Aside from the fact that I dressed up as a goth version of Snow White (or okay the old evil witch in the movie then), I ended October with a loud whoosh.

Last September, I saw a post on Facebook about an event hosted by The Mind Museum. The said museum is located in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, and is known for its cool science shows and exhibits. They were looking for volunteers for their Halloween Experiment Circus which was held in Cagayan de Oro.  Since I’m quite of a Science junkie myself, and the training was held only on weekends, I thought, “Hey! Why not give it a try?” It was a cool once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I thought I shouldn’t pass up. So I didn’t.
I sent my resume and got an appointment for the interview after a few days. I showed up for the interview and I met Miss Asia who was one of the Mind Movers of the said museum. Several days after, I received an email saying that I was one of the chosen applicants. Its humbling to know that out of all the people who applied as volunteers, I was one of them. There. I just had to write that down hehe :)

It was fun meeting new people. Plus, I really enjoyed the training. We had a theater workshop first to get comfortable with ourselves and to gain more confidence. I did something similar as a part of my theater class before, but it was a whole new experience with my fellow volunteers. 
My partner and I were assigned to do the Spellbound Bottle experiment. We needed to produce a loud whoosh jet-like sound using a plastic gallon of water, alcohol, and some matches. Since I was absent during the experiment training, I was shocked and a tad bit scared at first when my partner showed me how to do it a day before the big event. After doing the experiment over and over, I eventually got used to the loud sound.
The kids’ reactions were priceless! Most of them were really shocked the way I was when I first saw and tried the experiment. We also let the others help us put alcohol inside the gallon. Some tried to light the match and drop it inside but they were too scared to drop it quickly so we had to do it. It was fun seeing the kids appreciate the experiment.
Three of my DevCom batch mates were also chosen as volunteers for the event. One was assigned in the Fairy Cave, the other was in the Vampire’s Lair, and another was assigned in the Graveyard. I was assigned in the Witches’ Cottage. I planned to dress up as Hermione Granger at first but I lacked the funds for the costume. Also, time was running out. Good thing, a friend of mine had witch costume which was my last resort. We actually talked about an American Horror Story: Coven inspired costume but then again, it was too late. It would’ve been nice to dress up as Hermione or Zoe Benson though. Maybe next year? :)
Another cool part of the event were the talks. The Mind Movers talked about ghosts in photographs, mummies, and zombies. I liked the talk about zombies the most because of the weird and slightly disgusting videos haha.
All in all, volunteering for The Mind Museum in Mindanao was a great experience. Not only did I meet new people, I also learned a lot of things about Science in a cool and really fun way. A million thanks to the Mind Movers for this opportunity. I hope there’d be more science-related events and shows in the future, which I’d gladly volunteer in! *wink wink*
Some photos are borrowed from Miss Asia Aportadera of The Mind Museum

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