A Star Wars Halloween

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Bless my husband. He always handles Halloween costumes for the kids. Duke wanted to be Kylo Ren and Omar wanted to be Darth Vader. Grandson and grandpa. We got both their costumes for under $30 total. I think they’ll be holding onto these forever though!

This year was the first year we didn’t do any pre-Halloween fun. The kids were burnt out for the past couple years and it was a sad reality that sometimes blogger kids do way too much. Halloween is my fave and I wanted them to enjoy it just like I did so when Omie was super excited that “tomorrow is Halloween, mom” my heart exploded at my decision. We had lunch with my grandbaby + his mama at John’s Incredible Pizza and then we went trick-or-treating at the mall. It was a good day. I want to be a cat next year. KTHXBI! 

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Halloween Candy Pixel Art

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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetOrTreat #CollectiveBias
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One month out of the year we go wild on candy because, Halloween. My favorite time of the year. It is the start of cooler weather and the holidays. Sadly in the area we live in, we don’t get trick-or-treaters so I basically want all the candy for myself! My kids rarely indulge in sweets but when they get that sweet tooth, it’s Starburst and Skittles all the way. They about went crazy when they saw the Skittles & Starburst 30 Pack from Sam’s Club and I said yes, put it in the shopping cart. Now hear me out, I had other things in mind… like having my 8 year old Minecraft obsessed son craft up fun Halloween Candy Pixel Art!

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I’m Going To Knott’s Scary Farm

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It’s official, I’m going to Knott’sScary Farm and there’s no getting out of it.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I said yes, I haven’t been since I was 18.  That’s 21 years ago.  I scare easy in my old age.  Does fear come with aging or it comes with having kids?  I don’t know but I’m freakin’ tf out!  I attended a #ScaryFarm photo walk last year, it was in the day but still totally terrifying.

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Trick-Or-Treating At Buena Park Downtown

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I’m going through our Halloween night pictures and just noticed how diverse my city is.  We actually didn’t even plan on spending Halloween at Buena Park Downtown but the neighborhoods were empty.  It turned out to be the best time ever.  And next year we’ll be trick-or-treating in our well-lit, safe, warm and dry mall again!  Love my city!

I was a big banana for my little minion.  Chris put on Brobee’s costume after we took a family vote.  He made so many kids happy!  This was a last minute costume for Duke.  After being Toy Story Andy at Disneyland, a skeleton at Knott’s and then finding a cape for $1 a thrift store and digging through his closet for a foam top hat, suit jacket, t-shirt with a tie printed on it and a pair of his black jeans – he was a magician!  

Halloween Buena Park Downtown
Stores had these helpful signs up to alert trick-or-treaters and parents who was Halloween friendly (You bet I made a mental note of who wasn’t!)
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Matching costumes are thee best!
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The cat was so cute!
Halloween Buena Park Downtown
Duke was so excited to see Woody and Buzz that he asked them if he could take pictures (I think it made all of their night special)  Too bad he wasn’t Andy!
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Seriously, how cute are they!
Halloween Buena Park Downtown
I chased La Chilindrina and El Chapulin down for this picture!  So adorbs!
Halloween Buena Park Downtown
This little cowboy was so shy!  Parents who dress up with their kids on Halloween are awesome.
Halloween Buena Park Downtown
Halloween Buena Park Downtown
So this was hilarious.  My husband Chris who is Mexican saw this Mexican and had to take a picture with him.  Classic!  
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Till next year folks!
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That One Time Stormtroopers Raided The Disneyland Halloween Time Express

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A few weeks ago, Chris, a few of our Toy Story friends and a lost minion boarded the Halloween Time Express at Disneyland with 196 creepy readers from the Disney Parks Blog – it was the first time Disneyland did this type of event (last year’s Get Spookier Halloween Meet-Up was at Club Skellington/Haunted Mansion) and I didn’t know what to expect at each stop.  I was kinda scared to find out!

The event opened with the Cadaver Dans singing spooky tunes to us at Main Street Train Station, Jack and Sally at New Orleans Square, Billy Hill and the Haunted Hillbillies with Mickey & Minnie Mouse at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and my favorite: Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and Jedi Knights at Tomorrowland Station!  We picked up some ghosts along the way and when we departed back at Main Street Train Station, we were greeted by Maleficent, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, Jack and Sally!  We even had a private treat trail just for us!  Duke, I mean, Andy loved his time at his “home”.  The funniest part of the night was when we were in the check-in line when Erin Glover, Social Media Director for Disneyland Resort, was greeting everyone – Duke points at Omar and says, “He’s from Universal”

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Halloween Fun At Camp Spooky

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Duke went crazy when the invite came in for the Camp Spooky media preview event at Knott’s Berry Farm.  I’ll admit I was excited too.  We had an incredible time last year.  Halloween can be scary for a kid but Camp Spooky makes it cute and fun.  I know if we weren’t invited, we would’ve treated the littles out for a day of fun at Knott’s anyways!  What I love about Camp Spooky is that kids (& parents!) are encouraged to wear their costumes and get a head start on trick-or-treating.  It is absolutely adorable watching skeletons, ninjas and princesses get on rides and scream their cute faces off.  If Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year, this is the perfect way to kick off your Fall festivities!  For information on Camp Spooky, check out my detailed post here!

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It’s Time For Camp Spooky At Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park!

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Disclosure:  We will be attending a media event for Camp Spooky.  All thoughts are our own.  

It’s almost October and that means it’s time for Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm!!!!!  If you know me, you’ll know that Halloween is my favorite.  I love when that calendar hits October 1st cause it is time to celebrate for the whole month (and sometimes into November).  Last year was our first time at Camp Spooky and Spider-Man er, I mean Duke made us promise that we would bring him every year.  I am all for new traditions so we kinda said yes!  This year your super heroes, monsters, princesses and whatever they may be are invited to take part in Snoopy’s Costume Contest and show off their costume as they join the PEANUTS characters in a spirited parade through Camp Spooky!

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What I Found At The .99 Store: #Halloween Edition

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Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year.  It kicks off the whole Holiday season.  Dia de los Muertos, Turkey Day, Christmas and New Years.  We’ve checked out the Halloween sections at Party City, Target and Walmart a few times already.  But if you really want to save money, the .99 Only Store is where it’s at.

Obviously I didn’t buy all of this, just sharing what I found at my local store!
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48 piece Barbie party favor pack .99!  (I was tempted to buy this for one of those times I might need it)
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Another 48 piece party favor pack!  There was a “boy” one too.
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1 lb. of Fingerling potatoes and huge packs of Organic salad mix!
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That right there is a TWO pound box of strawberries.  One of the employees pointed it out to me, we bought 2!  Never heard of Revolution Foods but those are organic snack bars.
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Vintage looking owls!  And that’s our cart – only set us back $22!
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My Year-Round Super Hero #HasbroHalloween

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Duke got into Super Heroes when he was about 2 years old… He loved wearing capes over his shirts and we indulged in his imagination.  He wore a cape with us when we went shopping, to art shows and museums, he wore that cape everywhere!  Kids would stare and point out to their parents that he was wearing a cape.  Adults would high-five him and say he’s a lucky kid.   Duke is 6 now and he still loves Super Heroes, maybe he has a soft spot of curiosity for Villains too.  We still have his cape, it’s way too small for him but I plan on bringing it out at his Wedding rehearsal dinner.  Let’s be honest, he’s going to love Super Heroes well into adulthood and that’s why we invest in fun, high-quality role-play masks and accessories from Hasbro.

We received The Amazing Spider-Man Hero FX Mask which features light up eyes and electronic sound effects & movie phrases.  This mask is cool.  Duke has been eyeing it in the toy aisle for awhile now.  I’m tempted to try it on myself.  We also received The Amazing Spider-Man Hero FX Glove which senses motion and responds with web shooting sound effects and The Amazing Spider-Man Spider Sense Chest Light which attaches easy to any t-shirt and features electronic lights and sound effects – both are very cool.  

Check out our lil’ Spider-Man, ready for Halloween and beyond!  
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Make sure you visit Hasbro.com to check out role-play toys ranging from masks, gloves, chest lights, helmets and more with other characters Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and more!  
You can win all the Hasbro products Duke received, wait for the Rafflecopter app to load below – Good luck!
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The Amazing Spider-Man Hero FX Mask – Approx. retail price $19.99; Ages: 5 & up
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The Amazing Spider-Man Spider Sense Chest Light – Approx. retail price $6.99; Ages: 5 & up
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The Amazing Spider-Man Hero FX Glove – Approx. retail price $12.99; Ages: 5 & up
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I love the chest light!  Our teenagers want to ride their fixies with this on their chests!
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Disclosure:  This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Hasbro; complimentary products were provided.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.  

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Fun Size Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt / West Covina Mall

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We love FREE events and we’re excited for the movie, Fun Size!  Fun Size is hosting a Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt this Sunday, October 14th from 1:30-4pm at West Covina Mall – Each participant will receive FREE passes to see Fun Size and candy!!!  

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Visiting Snoopy’s Costume Party At Knott’s Camp Spooky

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Did you read my post about Snoopy’s Costume Party At Knott’s Camp Spooky?  We got to go last Sunday and it was so fun!  Duke loved all the rides but was a little scared of Camp Bus and Timberline Twister.  I admit, I laughed when I saw his expression during the first rotation of Camp Bus.  I laughed even harder when I heard his screams.  It was so funny!  I really enjoyed Rocky Road Trucking Company.  Duke drove and I got to double fist the horns.  I was obnoxious honking those horns but I didn’t care, it was fantastic.  We really enjoyed ourselves but had to cut our day short with a teething 5 month old.
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I love this picture!
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Go Spidey, go!
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I was so captivated by the growth of the moss!  Love!
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Hissing cockroaches, gross!
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It would be cool to have one of these…maybe.
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Decorating cookies!  Duke did his for Daddy and Dame did Adam Bomb – The Hundreds mascot.
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And Hubby did this for me!  Awww!
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I was waiting for them and noticed Dame filming – future vloggers?
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Thank you Knott’s!  We had a great time!
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Snoopy’s Costume Party runs weekends from October 6-28 and is included with regular park admission!!!  This daytime, non-scare celebration, of cheer rather than fear, is the social event of the season with shows, activities and of course, trick-or-treating all geared for kids ages 3-11.

Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park operating hours are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. For more information on all the exciting things that are going on at Knott’s Berry Farm, call (714) 220-5200 or visit us on-line at www.knotts.com.

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