Aberdeen Trails October 2020

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WORDS FROM THE ABT BOD

Howdy Neighbors,

Even though most of us are still working, schooling, teaching from home,

it is refreshing to see the numbers of new positive cases of Covid-19

decline in Texas and even in our Zip Code. However, please do not let your

guard down and keep safe and continue the social distancing guidelines

and the wearing of protective coverings.

I would like to take a moment to thank all the frontline workers that are

keeping things running. Whether that be the blessed healthcare workers,

the first responders, teachers, grocery store workers or restaurant

workers, we appreciate you all.

As October is here, October 6 th is our National Night Out. As I write

this, we are still hopefully optimistic that we will be able to have great

outdoor gatherings, without putting people at risk. Last year we had

such a fantastic show from our community and hope to see it to continue

to grow. However, the safety of our residents of our community remain

our upmost concern. If the Covid-19 numbers continue to drop and we

can host the event as planned, we will be holding it in the park area, not

within the confines of the pool.

We will require a few things from the residents:

1. Bring you own chairs. The pool furniture will not be available for use.

2. Facial covering (mask or face shields) will be required.

3. Practicing Social Distancing will be expected as much as feasible.

For further updates and more recent information join us at www.

facebook.com/groups/Aberdeentrailshoa.

Thanks, Andy Finney

President, Aberdeen Trails HOA BOD

HALLOWEEN IN COVID-19

Article written by 10 year old Kirpa Tak, an Aberdeen Trails Resident

Did you ever wonder what Halloween will be like in COVID-19? I don’t

think Halloween has been ghosted yet. When I think about Halloween this

year, I think about the different changes there will be. This does not mean

we cannot go trick or treating. We all will have to take special precautions

and avoid large gatherings. Here are a few precautions that can rock your

Halloween costume: Wearing a mask and gloves can turn into a doctor,

nurse, dentist superhero, firefighter, mummy, ghost, cowboy, Star Wars

characters. Do not be disappointed not going to a scary party with your

friends. You can decorate your house to the max and have few friends

come over and hang in your front yard/backyard with allowing six feet

distance. Serve them with eyeball fruit punch with eyeballs (buy at a party

store). Decorate with paper ghost lanterns (Pinterest can help with this).

Make a monster candy bar. If you’re really bummed out and don’t want to

go out, you can play games at home, watch scary movies, bake Halloween

theme cookies, cake, cupcakes, make your own scavenger hunt. To those

who are going trick or treating wear a face masks, gloves, take hand

sanitizer, flashlight and a water bottle and allow distance between people.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS

The Board of Directors meet monthly in the community and homeowners

are welcome to attend. Please contact management to obtain the meeting

date and time in advance, as the schedule and location may change from

time to time. You are also welcome to email management any questions

or concerns you may have to scarey@highsierramanagement.com if you

are unable to attend meetings and the Board of Directors will be happy

to send you a response. As a reminder, monthly financials, governing

documents, meeting minutes, forms, schedules, etc. are updated on the

Association website for your review at any time.

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Please report any lights that are out, blinking or on during the day. Part

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to www.centerpointenergy.com/outage and report it. Each light pole

should have a 6-digit number on it. When reporting the light, you will

need to provide the pole number and closest intersection or address. We

want all our lights to work… a well lit area is a safe area!

SIGNS ON MAILBOXES,

LIGHT POLES AND STREET SIGNS

If you place signs in and around the neighborhood for Garage Sales,

Lost Pets, etc., please make sure you remove them in a timely manner.

Remember that postal boxes are the property of the USPS and it is a

crime to attach anything to the cluster mailboxes! Please help to keep

Aberdeen Trails looking beautiful!

TENNIS COURT USE

We have received reports that children have been using the tennis courts

for everything but tennis. Please reiterate to your children that use of the

courts is for tennis play ONLY. No soccer, rollerblading, skateboarding,

bike riding, basketball, etc. allowed. Children caught abusing the courts

may cause their parents to be financial penalized for any damages.

THE CITY OF HOUSTON URGES RESIDENTS TO SIGN

UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

The City of Houston, in partnership with the Greater Harris County

9-1-1 Emergency Network, is now offering emergency notifications

to mobile phones through the Emergency Notification System (ENS).

These emergency alerts will help residents get more information about

emergencies in their neighborhoods, such as hazardous chemical spills,

floods and large fires. Staying informed is an important way of keeping

yourself and your family safe when emergencies occur. Landline home or

work telephones are already a part of the ENS system and now residents

can register their cell or internet phone numbers so they can be alerted

about an emergency in their community. It’s simple and easy; sign-up at

the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management website http://

alert.houstonoem.org or http://911.org and register up to four telephone

numbers. Houstonians can also register for ‘Alert Houston,’ the City of

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when emergencies affecting a large portion of the city occur, such as

severe weather and hurricanes. Find out more about both AlertHouston

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RECREATION VEHICLES AND TRAILERS

We have been receiving numerous reports about all terrain vehicles being

ridden along the drainage ditch areas and power line easements. As a

reminder, this is private property and we have instructed the Constable

Patrol to monitor the areas and write citations for trespassing, as well as

deterring safety hazards. We have also noticed personal utility trailers being

parked behind fences along the drainage ditch and will be collecting license

plate information to determine ownership for violation notices from the

Association, as well as the Constable Patrol issuing citations for trespassing

on private property. Towing of the trailers could be an end result as well.

CONSTABLE PATROL

As a reminder, the Association has a patrol contract through Harris County

Precinct 5 Constable. We share 40 hours of patrol per week at random

time with Aberdeen Trails HOA. Please add the following dispatch

number to your cell phones or post in a visible place at home in case you

need support in a non life-threatening situation. Their non-emergency

dispatch number is 281-463-6666. The Constable Patrol also offers a free

vacation watch service. Log on to their website at www.co.harris.tx.us/

pct5/forms.aspx to obtain a form and learn more about the program.

LOITERING AND VANDALISM

Please help us to keep our recreation areas safe and clean by reporting

any and all loitering after dark directly to the Constable and then to

management. Please also remember to report any suspicious persons

walking around the community or at the parks immediately to the

Constable Patrol non-emergency dispatch number at 281-463-6666.

Better safe than sorry!

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

It’s that time of year again where everyone is out and about sprucing

up their yards and performing the “honey-do’s” on their homes. Please

remember that any change or improvement to the exterior of your

home or lot (even in the back yard) must be applied for through

the Association prior to starting. You can find a copy of the home

improvement guidelines and application on the website at www.

highsierramanagementonline.com.

HAVE YOU REGISTERED ON THE WEBSITE?

We’ve put our association online to provide you with more convenience

and a wealth of online services and opportunities to share ideas and

information; get news and announcements; access an online resource

center for important association documents and forms; utilize the member

directory and much more. Log on to www.highsierramanagement.com

and click on “Association Websites” in the top right hand corner….

PET POLICY AND ETIQUETTE

We understand your pets are very important to you and want to be a pet

friendly community. However, we have received many complaints that

there are pet owners not following the rules of the community when it

comes to pet etiquette. Please, be aware and make a conscious effort to

the adhere to the following guidelines:

• Only two pets per household - refer to governing documents regarding

height and weight limits.

• Pick up pet waste and discard properly.

• Do not allow pets to roam around the community unrestrained - it’s the

law! This includes cats too!

• Do not allow dogs to bark continuously disturbing neighbors.

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with Pride fundraiser. For an annual fee of $40, band volunteers

will deliver a 3’x5’ flag on a 10’ pole and place it in front of your

home on six patriotic holidays throughout the year: Presidents

Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriots Day

(9/11) and Veterans Day. The band is now taking orders for 2021

flag service and is running a special promotion: new customers

that sign up by November 5 th will get a flag for Veterans Day 2020

included for free! Homes must be in the Cypress Falls High School

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WESTGATE FALL GARAGE SALE - OCTOBER 3, 2020

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COPPERFIELD SOUTHDOWN VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE

OCTOBER 10 TH

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ABERDEEN GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WIDE GARAGE SALE

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Rain date is scheduled for the following Saturday. Located in Copperfield

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THE STAR OF DESTINY (KATY) CHAPTER GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020.

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

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CRAFT SHOWS

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October 25, 2020: 10 AM-4 PM

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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 fallfest@aidanschurch.org. Saint

Aidan’s Episcopal Church is located at 13131 Fry Road, Cypress Texas 77433.

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of your choice. The Houston Open will also award the top three donationcollecting

charities and one randomly drawn charity with an additional

bonus. In 2019, the Houston Open distributed $615,000 to local nonprofits.

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

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.

2. Make a flat donation not tied to birdies. For flat donations, the minimum is

$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

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the correct number. In case of ties, winners will be randomly selected. One

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Kirpa -

Harmony School of Science Academy

STARTING SCHOOL ON THE ROAD

We are originally from Houston. In late 2016, we purchased a home in Aberdeen Trails. In 2017, we moved to NYC for three years (Manhattan) due

to my husband’s job. We had 2 more kids in NYC making us a party of 5. It was time to go back to Houston. It was a crazy time to move from New

York to HOUSTON. Our ten year old daughter, Kirpa, was supposed to start school online. However, we had a newborn and our doctors felt it was

safe to flly with him during this time with COVID everywhere. We had no choice but to drive.

My mother drove from Houston to NYC to help us. It took us 4 nights /5 days to reach Houston. We stopped on the way (staying at hotels that

were taking precautions). It was a mini van filled with our stuff, kids stuff. Mom and Hubby drove. I was in the bucket seats with the newborn next

to me. Not to mention I had a c-section 2 weeks prior to the move. So I was still sore. And behind me was my 10 year old and 18 mth old.

School started on the 17th of August at 8am while we were in Maryland in a hotel. Kirpa woke up at 7am and brushed her teeth and changed

her clothes. She ate breakfast then started her class at 8 am. Her siblings were still sleeping. She had to wind up her class by noon eastern time.

We hit the road by 1 pm and she continued her class on the road by using her phone’s hot spot. Of course the hot spot gave us problems on the

way. Her school was informed she will be late to a class or she had to miss few minutes. The school didn’t allow her to take a week off to complete

our travels. So Kirpa had no choice since it’s a lottery based school. My 10 year old was entertaining her 18 month old sister while she was on

zoom for classes in the mini van. Everyday from 8 am-3 pm continued like this until we reached Houston.

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10 Ideas for

a Spooky

Quarantine

Halloween

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

at home.

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

your porch.

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

carving!

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.

THE TOOLS

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.

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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.

Source: www.almanac.com

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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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