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A Spook-tacular Halloween

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A Spook-tacular Halloween

11.01.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This year’s Halloween festivities were busy. While my children bought their costumes early this year, we still needed to pick up a few things at the very last-minute to add the finishing touches to their looks. And if it wasn’t mob-like lineups, or out-of-stock makeup, it was a parking hazard at the malls for my fellow Halloween procrastinators.

I even stayed up into the wee hours bagging pencils and erasers, making DIY Halloween tags, and decorating things with gold ribbon for every kid in my children’s class. And because my son’s teacher threw his class a Halloween party, I got A+ points for baking peanut-free cupcakes for the wee goblins, vampires, and ghosts.

The day was filled with a morning school parade where each child was able to showcase his or her costume in each classroom and then through the school gym where parents and grandparents were able to snap some photos and give the children their praises.

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Michael as the infamous web-slinger, Spiderman. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Michael as the infamous web-slinger, Spiderman. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Xara as Superman's first-cousin. Super Girl! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Xara as Superman’s first-cousin. Super Girl! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Aside from a day of board games, costume-flaring, cupcake baking, and candy-sharing, we hosted one of Michael’s friends to a night out of trick or treating. After school, the three kids played together, put a couple of puzzles together, and enjoyed pizza for dinner.

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Spidey putting an Avengers puzzle together. (c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Spidey putting an Avengers puzzle together. (c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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The Lizard working on HIS Avengers puzzle, too. (c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
The Lizard working on HIS Avengers puzzle, too. (c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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The Trick or Treaters Halloween 2013. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
The Trick or Treaters Halloween 2013. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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And then in the evening we went to my sister’s house to continue the Halloween festivities for more photos and a candy scourge of the streets. While it was fairly warm on an October night, it was unfortunately extremely rainy and windy, which forced us to battle against our own umbrellas for most of our Halloween trek. This didn’t deter the children, though, from going door-to-door to collect some candy. By the third house, they were experts, always courteous to remember to say “thank you” to their Halloween patrons.

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Lizard, Super Girl, Spiderman, and Iron Man. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Lizard, Super Girl, Spiderman, and Iron Man. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

Spidey & Iron Man tussle. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Spidey & Iron Man tussle. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Michael really getting into character. (c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez, All rights reserved.
Michael really getting into character. (c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez, All rights reserved.

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Super Girl going for her pre-flight before a night of Trick or Treating. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Super Girl going for her pre-flight before a night of Trick or Treating. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Iron Man shoots his repulsor blast! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Iron Man shoots his repulsor blast! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Iron Man shoots his repulsor blast! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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The Loot. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
The Loot. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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How was your Halloween celebration?

What did you decide to dress up as this year?

What are you thinking of wearing next year?

If money was no limit, what costume would you choose to wear?

What’s your favourite treat?

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Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Candy Challenge. 08.16.2012

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Candy Challenge!

08.16.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Thanks to The Book Smartie for hosting this sweet challenge. (Just thinking about it actually makes me a little hungry…).

The Book Smartie has asked participants to:

…simply leave a comment down below – either to immediately tell everyone about your snacking – habits or to link us to a post on your blog.

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If you know me or have been keeping up with my posts on this blog, you’ll know that I’m somewhat anal-retentive when it comes to my books. I like them new, well-kept, with no creases, page flaps, or booking binding cracks!—At least until I read them of course.

Which plays a role in my eating habits while I read. I…um…can’t. I just don’t want to spill, I don’t know…tomato sauce or grease up the pages with sticky fingers and leftover, stray crumbs.

I will, however, read a book with a hot cup of coffee or tea—and if I’m brave enough and disciplined enough, I’ll snack on some wonderful treats like:

Toasted Naan with sour cream

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Peanut Butter Cookies

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Corn Chips

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Peach Sour Rings

 

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I know these snacks aren’t healthy (well, except for the naan), but I can’t help it! I love to munch on these while reading!!

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For more posts on The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon, you can visit here.

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What snacks do you munch on while you read?

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Zara Alexis