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Haunted Halloween with Lani Woodland and a giveaway!

Halloween Traditions
Lani Woodland

When I started to write a post about my Halloween traditions I realized that people should be aware of one important fact: I am still a kid at heart. I’ve dragged my husband with me to haunted houses, Knott’s Scary Farm and Universal Studios Horror Nights. I took my kids to the Disney trick-or-treating at Disneyland.
Every year we go to our friends’ Halloween party and watch the Disney’s cartoon of Ichabod Crane and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. My family likes to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Hocus Pocus. And we love eating caramel apples.

I think going to the “pumpkin patch” and picking out our pumpkin is fun. Our pumpkin patch has inflatable slides and I love watching the kids play. I love picking out the pumpkins but I hate carving them. I am not talented with a carving knife. My kids hate cleaning out the pumpkins, but enjoy carving them. We have video of my daughter dry heaving as she grabs mushy, stringy handfuls of pumpkin guts. My son has tactile issues and he was assigned homework from his occupational therapist to clean out the pumpkin. He turned three shades of pale but he dutifully dirtied his hands. But they both enjoy the pumpkin seeds that I toast afterwards.

I still love getting dressed up for Halloween. When my kids were littler I had us all dress in themed costumes. One year we were the Wizard of Oz characters. One year we were the Peter pan cast. Once, I took my daughter to Disneyland on Halloween dressed up like Alice in Wonderland. She was able to take her picture with Alice and the Mad Hatter. I love that picture. My kids put a lot of creativity into their Halloween costumes too. One year my son dressed up as a cartoon character he had created and one year my daughter really wanted to be a bunch of grapes.

My kids let me take them around trick-or-treating and are nice enough to even give me a few pieces of candy too. Halloween is a lot of fun. Some year I want to dress up like Mary Poppins and wear that beautiful white dress she wears in the chalk drawing. My husband even agreed to wear Burt’s suit if I ever do. The best part about Halloween though is the time we get to spend with our kids and the memories we are making.

Indelible by Lani Woodland Publisher: Pendrell Publishing (September 27th, 2011) Reading Level: Young Adult Hardback: 416 pages Series: The Yara Silva trilogy #2 Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other females in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara grew up watching her grandmother taunted and scorned for this unusual ability and doesn t want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes for Yara on her first day at her elite boarding school when she discovers the gene was only lying dormant. She witnesses a dark mist attack Brent, a handsome fellow student, and rushes to his rescue. Her act of heroism draws the mist s attention, and the dark spirit begins stalking her. Yara finds herself entrenched in a sixty-year-old curse that haunts the school, threatening not only her life, but the lives of her closest friends as well. Yara soon realizes that the past she was trying to put behind her isn't going to go quietly.


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