Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Harry Potter Halloween

real chocolate frog salazar wizard card harry potter halloween decorations pumpkin 9 and 3/4
Every 90s kid probably remembers badly wanting to transfer from Muggle school into Hogwarts. You can imagine how pumped I was when our campus gym hosted a series of Harry Potter fitness events on Halloween. That entailed me getting up at 6 AM to attend a spinning (stationary bike) class that turned out to be full before it started! My friends and I did our cardio + squat/bench routine anyway and even had time to spare for a nice breakfast before class. One participant was kind enough to give me her magical chocolate frog box, which contained a massive hunk of milk chocolate and a holographic wizard card of Salazar Slytherin! To my surprise, when it finally split open with a knife, I discovered it was solid milk chocolate (don't know why I expected rice crispy material). At least when I'm surrounded by dementors I won't be in short supply ;)

After going into research lab and analyzing data for a few hours, I returned for Zumba, which started out with a hilarious Harry Potter theme + dubstep remix and continued in an hour-long, sweat-drenched session of dancing, jump squatting, salsa, hip hop cardio. The souvenir for this activity was a massive wand with a hole at the end for my phoenix feather placement, I suppose. We dabbled in trivia, sipped butterbeer (cream soda + root beer + vanilla ice cream), and I even grabbed a tiny pumpkin that I named "Pumpkin 9 and 3/4" after the famous platform. Trick or treating this year would have been a fun last hoorah but Ohio weather decided to dump rain all over Halloween ... classic. Instead of being soaked to the bone and miserable, I opted for a cozier approach to the evening: blogging, watching Ghostbusters, and drinking a chai soymilk latte while studying the thyroid. Happy Halloween!

Readers - how did you celebrate Halloween this year?


ChocolateFashionCoffee November 2, 2013 at 8:22 AM   said...

Love Harry Potter!

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Carmen November 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM   said...

A Harry Potter themed Halloween sounds like the best idea ever!

Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} November 3, 2013 at 12:32 AM   said...

I love this so much!! A Harry Potter Halloween sounds amazing!
Sincerely, Sara

Lily Fang November 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM   said...

How precious! The frog box is too exquisite as well. Working out and getting cute candy sounds like the best. I can tell you had a great time (:

And tell me about the Ohio weather! Your halloween sounds so cozy. There's nothing like a nice warm drink and doing whatever your heart desires. I spent mine collecting cans...haha every year our student council does trick-or-canning for the food pantry so I had to brave the rain.

By the way, I spent some time with your archives and I wish I had started reading your blog earlier! I loved the posts from your college years--they were so funny and thoughtful. My favorite was the one where you were typing really late at night. And from reading ones about your mom, I just want to say that you're super strong and I really admire how you're pursuing medicine for both her and yourself.

Keep up the beautiful posts! It's always a treat to visit your blog (:

Have a great week!

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