SMASH! BOOM! KAPOW! WHAM! Mothers and sons walked past classic comic book signs plastered to the doors into a sea of red and gold and the sound of the Star Wars theme song.

For a few years now, Iron Mike Conference Center has hosted a mother and son party. It began as a mother and son ball, but the staff quickly realized the boys weren’t too excited about dressing up, said Olga Hester, Food and Beverage Director.

“Every year, we change the concept a bit,” she said.

This is the first year the party has been superhero themed.

Beti Elam, who attended with her sons Christopher, 7, and Landon, 1, said she has attended each one.

“I have fun at all of them, but I like this one because it’s superheroes, not just dressing up,” she said.

The kids seemed to be enjoying themselves, too, though the coloring tables were mostly empty. Instead, the boys ducked under the hors d’oeuvres table and chased each other around the wood-panelled dancefloor with glow sticks, superhero cartoons playing overhead on three projectors.

Three-year-old EJ, dressed as a member of the Incredibles family, bounced up and down, hardly able to contain his excitement, as his mom, Stephanie Wallace, tried to settle him long enough for a few photographs.

She had told him about the event just a few days prior and had picked out his costume the day before; he’d been excited ever since, she said.

Crystal Gonzalez, dressed as Superwoman, said her nine-year-old son Sergi already dresses up all the time, any chance he gets. This time, he was Batman.

Some of the mothers were just as dressed up as their sons. At the fruit punch fountain, Valkyrie mom held her son Thor horizontally so he could fly while filling up his glass. Mom, Deloshier Greene, was dressed as Gamora, complete with green body paint; her son, Camron, was dressed as Black Panther.

Mothers and sons took a break to eat a variety of kid-approved foods including hot dogs, chicken tenders, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

One boy tried to get away with just chicken tenders, to his mother’s vexation.

“You have to get something else,” his mother scolded. “That’s ridiculous,” she stated as she added vegetables to his plate.

Boys will be boys.