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STREET LIGHT OUTAGE
Please report any street light outage to Centerpoint. Repairs can take up
to 3 weeks to be repaired, but the most recent request we made took only
2 days! It is imperative that residents participate in reporting outages,
as there is no formal nighttime inspection done by management or
It’s simple, just go to www.centerpointenergy.com/outage and fill in the
required information. You’ll need the 6 digit number located at the base
of the light pole and an approximate address/location of the outage. You
may also report it by dialing 713-207-2222.
NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH
National Bullying Prevention Month is observed in October. National
Bullying Prevention Month was created by PACER and started as a weekly
observation in 2006. In 2010, the observation change to monthly. Take
a stand against bullying. Spread the word about the negative effects
bullying can cause.
Unity Day 2019 is Wednesday, October 23 rd ! Wear and Share Orange!
Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it
comes to showing that you care about preventing bullying? Come
together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR and
SHARE ORANGE to color our nation and even the world, visibly showing
that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.
NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY
National Make A Difference Day is an annual community service event
that is held on the fourth Saturday in October. Millions of people have
united in the common mission to improve the lives of others. Make
a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA Weekend magazine and
joined by Points of Light.
SAVINGS TIPS THAT ADD UP TO BIG BUCKS
You can find little savings here and there that will add up over the course
of the year and really make a difference to your bank account. Start today
by making these simple, fast changes to the way you shop and live:
• Do the double. Plan your grocery shopping trips on the day your supermarket
doubles coupons or offers special discounts to groups such as veterans or
• Never pay shipping. Search for online coupons codes before paying
delivery fees from any online retailer.
• Plan meals based on sales. Write the grocery list with the store flyer
in hand. Choose upcoming dinners based on the week’s specials and
• Don’t toss leftovers. Instead, recycle them into another meal. Use
leftover rice in soup or save grilled chicken to top a salad. Leftover fruit
salad makes a wonderful fruit smoothie.
• Shop online clearance sections. Click on sale tabs on merchant website
sites first to find the best deals.
• Stack coupons. Pair manufacturer coupons found online or in the
newspaper with in-store sales or coupons. If the store has a customer
savings card, you may be able to use that to triple the savings.
• Sign up for free newsletters. Emailed and printed newsletters and
updates from your favorite retailers often come with coupons or special
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FAMILY FRIENDLY OCTOBER IDEAS
October is not just for Halloween. When looking at the National
Observances for the Month of October, there are so many fun ideas of
things to do with the whole family! Here are a few ideas to spend quality
Right Brainers Rule! Month is observed in October. The right side of the
brain is considered to be the creative side. So do something creative like
writing a poem, sculpting, drawing a picture, etc to work the right side
of your brain. Maybe get the family together to carve pumpkins or make
homemade decorations. Have everyone think up ideas of HOW to do the
decorating and get those right brains going.
National Stamp Collecting Month is also observed in October. Add
to your stamp collection or start one. Have the kids help find where the
stamps came from on a map. Or talk about the importance/history of
the picture used on the stamps. Maybe take the whole family looking
through old family keepsakes for stamps or go to a flea market.
National Roller Skating Month is also observed in October. Gather
the family to go roller skating, either in a rink or enjoy the outdoors in a
park. Remember how much fun it was when you were younger to glide
around on your skates, maybe do some spins or go backwards? You can
rediscover that joy and share it with your kids.
National Cookbook Month is in October. Pick up a new cookbook,
maybe choose a new type of cuisine as a family to try. Talk about the
culture of where this type of food comes from. Have the kids help you in
TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS
If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the
teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on our website (www.
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your name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate
and the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you
want on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send
emails in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you
want to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we
will remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.
Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed
on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out references
if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers
from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for
any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and
the teens and their parents.
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CURB APPEAL TIPS TO PREPARE
YOUR HOME FOR THE MARKET
When you’re getting your home ready to sell, few things are more important
than curb appeal. After all, whether it’s an in-person or virtual showing, it’s
the first impression that potential buyers will have of your home. That’s why
it’s essential to make your home’s exterior and the surrounding property as
appealing as you can. Below are some tips and resources for boosting your
home’s curb appeal as you prepare to put it on the market.
Consider Major Improvements
There are many major improvements that can significantly enhance curb
appeal. Here are a few worthwhile examples:
• Replace the siding on your home to transform your home’s exterior.
• If your siding isn’t very old, power wash it to make it look brand new.
• If your driveway or patio needs work, consider getting new concrete
• Install new windows and doors to boost the appeal and security of your
• For more curb appeal projects, research homes in your area through
real estate sites and neighborhood newsletters, like those provided by
Make Easy Improvements Yourself
There are also plenty of simple DIY projects that can transform your
home’s curb appeal:
• Paint the front door a vibrant color and put flower boxes out.
• To make your home pop, Install modern house numbers that fit the
• Upgrade your mailbox or give your current mailbox a makeover.
• If your garage door is looking a little worse for wear, bring it back to life
by restaining it.
• Make sure your front porch, patio and/or other outdoor areas are free
Don’t Forget the Landscaping
Your home’s landscaping could be a major selling point, so put some
energy into sprucing it up.
• Keep up with basic lawn maintenance like mowing the grass and
trimming the bushes.
• Add a variety of flowers and greenery to your property.
• Consider any landscape lighting that you could add for appeal and
• Be sure to keep any unused tools, equipment and other clutter stored
out of sight.
• Finally, consider hiring a landscape gardener to save time and reduce
It’s critical to make a great first impression when your home is on the
market. And in many ways, that starts with curb appeal. Remember to
consider all of the projects listed here and prioritize your landscaping.
Lastly, keep researching other ways that you can help your home stand
out among the competition.
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CONCORD BRIDGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020, 8 AM TO 2 PM
West Little York between Eldridge and Hwy 6.
WESTGATE FALL GARAGE SALE - OCTOBER 3, 2020
Located off of Barker Cypress between Longenbaugh and FM529.
COPPERFIELD EASTON COMMONS FALL GARAGE SALE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 RD , 7 AM-3 PM
Located in Copperfield between Longenbaugh and West Rd.
COPPERFIELD SOUTHDOWN VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE
OCTOBER 10 TH
Located in Copperfield off of Longenbaugh near Hwy. 6.
COPPER VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 TH FROM 7 AM TO 12 NOON
West Road - between Hwy 6 & Queenston
ABERDEEN GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WIDE GARAGE SALE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TH
Aberdeen Green is located on Telge Road at West Road,
south of Hwy. 290.
BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TH
Located off of N Hwy 6 between West Little York and Kieth Harrow Blvd.
Lots of bargains!
COPPERFIELD MIDDLEGATE GARAGE SALE
OCTOBER 17 TH , 7 AM - 3 PM
Rain date is scheduled for the following Saturday. Located in Copperfield
between Longenbaugh and West Rd.
THE STAR OF DESTINY (KATY) CHAPTER GARAGE SALE
Star of Destiny (Katy) Chapter, National Society Daughters of the
American Revolution will hold our annual fundraising garage sale on
Saturday, October 24, 2020. The sale will be held from 8 AM to 12 PM at
Estates of Chesterfield Swim and Tennis Club, 1707 Briarchester Dr., Katy,
Tx. 77450. There will be household items, fine china, furniture, toys, books
and much more! The items are reasonably priced and this sale is our main
source of funds for patriotic activities with troops, schools, libraries and
military families. The Star of Destiny Chapter is an organization with over
100 members so there will be plenty of items from which to choose.
Please come and check out all the treasures! Due to Texas rules on social
distancing, masks will be required and we limit the number of people in
the clubhouse at the same time.
AMERICAN LEGION POST 200
15 TH ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFT SHOW
330 Legion Road, Wallis, TX
October 24, 2020: 9 AM-4 PM
October 25, 2020: 10 AM-4 PM
Hamburgers & Chopped BBQ on Bun
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VENDOR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Are you crafty? Are you a distributor for a specialty item? Saint Aidan’s
Episcopal Church has opened vendor registration for our 7 th Annual Fall
Festival and Holiday Market! The market and festival will be held Sunday,
October 25, 2020 from 10 AM-4 PM. We will have both indoor and outdoor
booths. Saint Aidan’s is located in Cypress at 13131 Fry Road – just south of
Hwy 290. Our festival features Market Booths, Children’s Area, Petting Zoo,
Pony Rides, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Music, Cake Walk and a Trunk
N Treat. For more information and to register online, visit our website at
http://aidanschurch.org and click on the Fall Festival icon or if you prefer
to mail in your registration, you can obtain a Booth Reservation form by
contacting us at 281-373-3203 or email email@example.com. Saint
Aidan’s Episcopal Church is located at 13131 Fry Road, Cypress Texas 77433.
HOUSTON OPEN BIRDIES FOR CHARITY®
What is Birdies for Charity®? Birdies for Charity® is a fundraising program
designed to give local charities the opportunity to generate contributions
through the Houston Open. 100% of your donation goes directly to the
charity of your choice. The Houston Open will also award the top three
donation-collecting charities and one randomly drawn charity with an
additional bonus. In 2019, the Houston Open distributed $615,000 to
How can I participate in Birdies for Charity®? There are two ways to donate
to the Birdies for Charity program:
1. Make a pledge of one cent or more for every “Birdie” made by the PGA
Tour Pros during the Houston Open. If 1,500 birdies are made during the
2020 event, here are the totals for some typical pledge amounts:
• 1 cent pledge = $15 total pledge
• 3 cent pledge = $45 total pledge
• 10 cent pledge = $150 total pledge
• $1 pledge = $1,500 total pledge
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The minimum birdie pledge is $.01 and the maximum pledge is $1. The
last day to submit a pledge is Sunday, November 8, 2020. Last year, 1,244
birdies were made at the Houston Open. FYI we are playing at a new
course this year.
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$20. To donate, please visit our Charity page at www.houstonopengolf.com.
Grand Prize: You are eligible to enter our “Guess the Birdie” contest when you
donate or make a pledge to one of our local charities. Guess the total number
of birdies that will be made by PGA Tour Pros during the Houston Open,
Nov. 2-8, 2020. One grand prize will be given to the person who guesses
the correct number. In case of ties, winners will be randomly selected. One
lucky supporter of the Houston Open Birdies for Charity® program will win
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33 ND ANNUAL B. F. ADAM GOLF CLASSIC
POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cy-Fair Educational Foundation
(CFEF) trustees graded 1200+ scholarship applications and met via Zoom
to award more than $635,000 in scholarships. For Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
graduating seniors planning to attend Lone Star College full-time in the
fall, our application is open now through May 11, 2020. This summer, the
Foundation will award $72,000 from the Edwin C. Schroeder Endowment
Fund. The Foundation looks forward to recognizing our 2020 scholarship
recipients this August. With the Stay Home - Work Safe Mandate through
the end of April, the Foundation has decided to postpone the B. F. Adam
Golf Classic until the COVID-19 risk is minimal within our community for the
safety of our 288 golfers and over 100 volunteers, trustees and staff, who
help make this event a tremendous success, as well as the staff at BlackHorse
Golf Club. Our 33 rd annual B. F. Adam Golf Class has been moved to Monday,
November 16, 2020. Celebrating 50 years as a non-profit raising money to
fund scholarships for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD high school graduates, the Cy-
Fair Educational Foundation is looking forward to our exciting Fall lineup
of events. The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation is incredibly grateful for the
unwavering generosity of the Cy-Fair community and the commitment of
our Board of Trustees. Over the last 50 years, the Foundation has grown
tremendously awarding more than $9 million to graduating seniors
from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. CFEF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all
contributions are tax deductible, as allowed by the law. For more information
please contact email@example.com or visit our website at www.theCFEF.org.
THE WOMEN’S FUND FOR HEALTH EDUCATION AND
RESILIENCY: 10 TH ANNUAL ROCKIN’ RESILIENCY LUNCHEON
The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit
providing Houston-area women and girls with the tools needed to be
advocates for their health, is pleased to announce its 10 th Annual Rockin’
Resiliency Luncheon on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 11 AM. The Women’s
Fund along with Luncheon Chairs Christine and Steve Johnson are hosting
an in-person luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West South Loop,
Houston, TX 77027, along with a virtual event online for guests to celebrate
at a distance. Guests along with girls and women who participate in The
Women’s Fund’s Health Education classes are invited to the fun-filled
afternoon featuring a keynote speaker, silent auction and more. The
Women’s Fund invites everyone to support the mission to help more
adolescent girls and women lead happier, healthier and more resilient lives
by purchasing a sponsorship or tickets to the Rockin’ Resiliency Luncheon
at www.thewomensfund.org/events. For 41 years, The Women’s Fund has
educated girls and women in the Houston area through classes, workshops,
lectures and publications that teach resiliency skills and relate those skills
to current health risks. Dedicated to ensuring positive health outcomes for
individuals and communities, The Women’s Fund serves close to 12,000
women and adolescent girls and distributes 9,913 publications each year.
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Most importantly, I recognize the importance of staying present. It’s this present-moment
awareness that serves as my greatest daily teacher. And with the pink-hued mania now
lighting up October, we all have the opportunity to infuse our support and awareness
with a healthy dose of mindfulness. Here are a few tips:
5 WAYS TO MINDFULLY HONOR BREAST
CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
by Paige Davis, a survivor’s blog
For many breast cancer survivors, including
myself, the pink frenzy of October can be a
confusing time. On the one hand, as a survivor, I
appreciate this raised awareness and am grateful
for the role it has played in my own healing
journey. The opportunities to get involved and
show support are plentiful. Fashion, beauty,
food and design invite us to purchase pink in
the name of breast cancer awareness, but that
also makes it confusing.
For the most part, I’m past my cancer bubble. I
don’t think about it every day. And yet, I can’t
deny some old habits from that time still kick in.
Every now and then, I’ll wake up on a Thursday
thinking it’s chemo day. Occasionally, I’ll step out
of the shower and see the scars on my body and
just stare in wonder: How did this happen? And
while it happens much less, I admittedly still get
hit with overwhelming moments of emotion
that wash over me at the most unpredictable
1. Be mindful of your body: Early detection is key in any disease, especially breast cancer.
This is an ideal time to schedule a mammogram for yourself or remind a loved one. You can
also commit to performing monthly self-exams, which is how I found my cancer. Treat your
body with personal mindfulness and attention.
2. Connect with loved ones. Most likely, we all know someone who is going through
or has been through some type of cancer, breast or otherwise. Reach out to that person
and let them know you’re thinking of them. It’s the random texts, calls and social media
messages that mean the world to anyone who has been touched by cancer. If you are more
of a “doer,” offer something more tangible: arrange for a cleaning service; organize meals;
offer rides to appointments; gift cozy items for chemo days; and sending fresh flowers.
My cousins came together and arranged to have weekly flowers delivered throughout my
treatment - that was amazing.
3. Show your support mindfully. There is no question that the big foundations can play
a pivotal role when it comes to cancer research and finding a cure. Consider embracing
causes that support overall women’s health and helping the diseases that don’t receive the
level of awareness and support that breast cancer does.
4. Donate with intention. I’ve also been on the other side of watching loved ones go
through cancer, so I understand the helplessness. I get the desire to take action and do
something - anything. If dyeing your hair pink or buying a designer handbag makes you
feel like you’re helping, then by all means do it. But do the research and understand where
the funds are going and make sure that resonates with you.
5. Practice a “loving kindness meditation.” I’m a big believer that when we meditate,
we are helping to raise the positive vibration of ourselves and those around us. One of
the best tools to do this is to practice a loving kindness meditation. Picture someone you
know who is going through cancer. If you don’t know anyone, imagine someone who is
experiencing any type of struggle. Picture them as you breathe into your heart center and
silently repeat the phrases:
May your body be at ease. May your heart be open. May your mind be boundless. May
you be awakened and free. Repeat these phrases for yourself and then for all beings in the
world. This practice has played a pivotal role in my own journey, as I continue to reconcile
the many gifts, insights and lessons learned from my life both before and after cancer.
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10 Ideas for
While Halloween might look different this year, that doesn’t
mean it should be boring. Who would have thought social
distancing recommendations that first came about in March
would still be in effect in October? However, given the
ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you’ll have to take some
precautions to make sure your Halloween is safe. But, just
because you’ll need to put some more thought into this
year’s spooky celebrations, doesn’t mean they need to be
any less fun. Here you’ll find our favorite (safe) ideas for
your quarantine Halloween. From a movie night to outdoor
outings, it’s time to get planning.
Watch a Spooky Movie: There’s certainly no shortage of
Halloween movies. From family friendly classics (Hocus
Pocus, Casper) to horror flicks (Halloween, Silence of the
Lambs), there’s something in the Halloween œuvre for
everyone. Swap your popcorn for candy corn and let the
movie marathon begin.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Already a great autumnal outdoor
activity, many pumpkin patches, apple orchards and farms
are implementing social distancing protocols for their visitors.
Make sure to grab some apple cider while you’re there.
Carve Jack-O’-Lanterns: Once you’re done
picking the pumpkins, it’s obviously time to
carve. Whether you’re aiming for a classic
jack-o’-lantern face or a more original design,
pumpkin carving is the perfect activity to do
outdoors, distanced from friends or with kids
Decorate Your House: Choose either a cute or
spooky aesthetic and then fashion your digs
appropriately. Grab a scarecrow, decorative
gourds and maybe even some hay to elevate
Take a Drive or Hike: In many areas, October also brings stunning fall foliage. A
perfect way to embrace the season is to drive and observe the changing leaves. Better
yet, get outside and fully immerse yourself in autumn with a nature hike.
Bake Some Sweet Treats: Who says Halloween is all about the candy? This is the
perfect time to get creative with your baking. Decorate some spooky cookies or build
a (haunted) gingerbread house. You’ll have both an activity and a yummy dessert.
Host a Zoom Halloween Party: If you can’t physically attend a Halloween party this
year, don’t forgo celebrating. Get a group of friends together and plan a time for you
all to dress up, catch up and enjoy. Costumes mandatory (at least from the waist up).
Stir Up a Spooky Cocktail: Fetch the dry ice and grab the tequila-time to make some
on-theme drinks. And for the little ones? A Halloween mocktail is sure to excite.
Craft a Halloween Playlist: There are more Halloween-themed tunes than you’d
expect. There’s the age-old classic “The Monster Mash,” along with more modern
interpretations like “Heads Will Roll” and “She Wolf.” So, build a playlist curated to your
tastes and let the costumed dance party begin.
Decorate Themed Face Masks: There is perhaps no more “2020” Halloween activity
than decorating a face mask. Whether you’re doing it for yourself or with your kids,
make your mask match your costume or have it be a costume in itself. Some ideas
include animal faces, creepy grins or a pumpkin pattern, but feel free to get creative.
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How to Carve A Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips
on carving the best pumpkin, as well as how to pick a good pumpkin for
HOW TO PICK A GOOD PUMPKIN FOR CARVING
Look for one that is a little misshapen. Inspect it for soft spots (especially the end
opposite the stem). Reject a pumpkin that has soft spots, they will cause it to
deteriorate quickly. Remember, your pumpkin doesn’t have to sit on its base, in fact,
that’s often its weakest spot.
Let the pumpkin guide the shape of the face: An elongated pumpkin should have an
elongated face. A fat and happy pumpkin should have a fat and happy face.
HOLLOW OR WHOLE?
There are two reasons for hollowing: (1) If the inside is going to be exposed (through
the mouth, etc.), it looks better if it is hollowed neatly. (2) If you plan to light the
pumpkin from the inside, it must be hollow. You can hollow it out from a hole
in the back instead of the top, so that the look of the face isn’t affected. If you’re
illuminating with a candle, you need to hollow from the top to allow the heat and
smoke to escape.
Use a water-based marker to outline the face that you want to carve. First, draw a
line down the center to establish symmetry. Then sketch the nose, the approximate
center of the face. Once you’re satisfied with the details, trace over the lines using a
permanent marker. For carving, basic kitchen implements, such as a paring knife or a
steak knife with a standard - not serrated - blade that’s not going to bend, work well.
You can also use a standard jigsaw blade. Otherwise, improvise: Use a melon-ball
cutter to make circles, for example.
MAKE A FACE
To achieve a three-dimensional appearance, carve the entire pumpkin. Exaggerate
the features. (If you aren’t sure what teeth really look like or how the gum line works,
smile and look in the mirror.) If the pumpkin is frowning, carve wrinkles under the
mouth. To add character, carve a lot of “crow’s feet” lines around the eyes. Consider
using the stem as the nose and inserts such as radishes for the eyes or cut eyeballs
from the back of the pumpkin and hold them in place with toothpicks.
CARVE WITH CARE
Use two hands at all times: one to control the blade and the other to control the
pressure with which you cut (and thus the depth). Take care not to jab the blade
into the pumpkin; you don’t want to cut all the way through the rind - except to
determine its depth. The thickness of the rind will vary, not only from pumpkin
to pumpkin, but also within one pumpkin. To determine your pumpkin’s average
depth, cut a core sample where you want an eye or a nostril to be. Keep that piece
nearby as a reminder of how deep you can safely cut.
ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS
Pumpkins, which are actually a fruit, not a vegetable, are 90 percent water, so after
carving they usually last only three days to a week. A jack-o’-lantern with a surface
carving will last longer than one that is cut all the way through. Putting a candle
or other light inside will shorten its life span, as the heat that results can “cook” the
pumpkin and reduce its longevity to a matter of hours. For a bright, shiny finish,
spray Armor All on the pumpkin and rub it in. Paint will not preserve a pumpkin.
However, if you decide to paint your pumpkin for decoration, use a water-based
latex paint and wait at least an hour after carving so that the cuts you have made in
the pumpkin have a chance to dry.
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Celebrate Halloween Safely
YOU CAN STILL HAVE YOUR TRICKS AND TREATS—
WITH A TWIST.
By Lisa Milbrand
At this point, we’ve mastered the Zoom party, the socially distanced backyard soiree, and the safest
way to host family and friends. Now we get to put our newfound safe socializing skills to the test
with the first big event of the fall/winter holiday season: Halloween. With Halloween falling on
a Saturday this year and several challenging months behind us (and likely more to come), it’s
only natural that people want to celebrate, big time. But many of the traditional things to do on
Halloween—parties, parades, haunted houses, and crowds of kids trick-or-treating—may feel a
little questionable during a pandemic. But don’t cancel your Halloween costume order or forget
your ideas for easy Halloween costumes just yet. With a little creativity, you can still have a spooky
time without putting your health or the health of others at risk. Read on for our smart ideas for a
safe Halloween 2020 during coronavirus.
1 - Tweak your trick-or-treat routine
Trick-or-treating may still be in the cards, as long as the COVID-19 numbers near you are relatively
low. “Just like we check the weather on Halloween to see what precautions and extra gear might be
needed, knowing the current state of COVID-19 in your community will be important in determining
if it is safe or not,” says Michelle Barron, MD, medical director for infection prevention and control at
UCHealth in Aurora, Colo. “Follow the current rules and guidance being given at the state
and local level, and do a risk/benefit analysis based on the health of the individuals
trick-or-treating and those who live in the household and decide if the risk of getting
potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 is worth the bag of treats.” If you can’t
trick or treat the traditional way due to the pandemic, look for ways to manage it creatively. You
can buy your kiddo’s favorite candy and let her trick-or-treat door to door within your house, or
have her walk through the neighborhood so she can show off her costume, then come home to a
special treat or toy.
2 - Find a safe way to give out treats
Dr. Barron recommends individually wrapping up treats and putting them out in your yard or on
your stoop so there’s space between the bags for people to easily pick them up. You can put them
on a blanket on the lawn or a table on your driveway or porch. And if you’re game to go through a
lot of hand sanitizer and wear a mask, you could still hand out the treats yourself. “If you are going
to hand out candy, I would recommend having a small bottle of hand sanitizer and using it before
handing out the treats,” Dr. Barron says. “This is probably a better approach than having a bowl that
many hands can reach into at one time.”
3 - Work a (real) mask into your costume
This is the year to break out your ninja costume—or slip a second safety mask under your
Michael Myers or ghost masks: whatever you have to do to make a Halloween costume with a
mask. Doubling up the masks is safe, Dr. Barron says, but comfort is also key. “If you are wearing
another mask under a rubber mask, you want to make sure that it doesn’t get too hot and that the
person wearing it can easily breathe,” she says. Sadly, your Halloween mask probably isn’t up to par
as a safety device. “Most Halloween masks are not designed to contain droplets,” Dr. Barron says.
4 - Keep the party outdoors
As with most entertaining these days, outdoors (and small) is best if you want to throw a Halloween
party. “Masking and social distancing are still important,” Dr. Barron says. “Food and drinks should be
prepackaged or in single servings and hand sanitizers should be readily accessible. Setting up chairs and
tables so that everyone can be social but still maintain space between each other should be considered.”
5 - Research events before you go
If you’re a big fan of picking pumpkins, hay mazes, costume parades, and haunted houses, you may
still be able to take part. But do your research beforehand to see how they’re planning to make it
safer (such as limiting participants or requiring masks), to see if you’re comfortable with their plans.
And as with everything else, outdoors is better. “Outdoor activities like pumpkin picking and corn
mazes are great things to do and are probably lower risk than other types of indoor activities as long
as masks are used and social distancing is adhered to,” Dr. Barron says.
6 Get creative with your celebrations
There are plenty of ways to get your Halloween on, so think outside the box. Set up a movie
projector and screen and host a marathon of your favorite Halloween movies on Netflix in your
backyard for a few friends, or host a Zoom dance party where your friends can gather and learn the
“Thriller” choreography or do the “Time Warp” all together. “Let creativity reign!” Dr. Barron advises.
“I never thought I would have fun at Zoom Dance party, but I did this for a friend's birthday and it
was pretty great.” You never know what might become a new Halloween tradition.
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