HOW TO HAVE A SPOOKY
CARVE A PUMPKIN
LIST OF AREA
Send us your costume photos
of your kids and/or family! Include the
subdivision you live in and first names!
Email to email@example.com
by 11/12/2020 (will be in the
The advertisers that make
your newsletter possible
are small businesses
owned by your neighbors!
Please give them a call
when you need services
for your home.
Aberdeen Trails | October 2020 1
Water Heaters • Drain Problems
Faucet Installation & Repair
Gas Test • Water Leaks & Much More
35+ Years Experience
Always there for you!
Low Price Guarantee
Licensed & Insured
• Wood Fences
• Painting Int/Ext
Specializing in Residential
Home Improvement Projects
• Pressure Washing
• Siding Replacement
• General Home Repairs Int/Ext
Serving your community for over 20 years!
High Sierra Management
Emergencies (Fire, Ambulance) 911
Harris County Constable 281-463-6666
U.S. Post Office (Bear Creek) 800-275-8777
Harris County Animal Control 281-999-3191
Poison Control 800-764-7661
Republic Waste (Trash Mon/Thurs) 713-849-0400
Fiest Elem. 281-463-5838
Labay M.S. 281-463-5800
Cy-Falls H.S. 281-856-1000
Cy-Fair Sports Assoc. 281-345-7426
YMCA (Langham Creek) 281-859-6143
Libraries: NW Branch 281-890-2665
Bear Creek 281-550-0885
Gas Leaks 713-659-3552
Reliant Energy 713-207-7777
AT&T - Repairs 800-246-8464
Street Repair 281-463-6300
Harris County Child. Protective Serv. 713-394-4000
Texas Wildlife Rehab. 713-468-8972
PUBLISHED BY: KRENEK PRINTING
www.krenekprinting.com • 281-463-8649
INFORMATION ON BUSINESS ADS: firstname.lastname@example.org
NON-PROFIT ARTICLE REQUESTS: email@example.com
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.
krenekprinting.com, click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with
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.
DISCLAIMER: 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.
B - BABYSITTING, CPR - CPR CERT., FAC - FIRST AID CERT., RCC - RED
CROSS CERT., SS - SAFE SITTER, SL - SWIM LESSONS, PP - PET/PLANT
SITTER, P - PET CARE ONLY, H - HOUSE CARE, L - LAWN CARE, C- CAR
CARE/DETAILING, T - TUTORING
TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE
Who You Hire Truly Matters
If buying or selling a home is in your future, hire The Jill Smith Team to get results!
We live, work and play in your neighborhood, and make it a point to know the local market.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation Premium Market Analysis!
Jill Smith, Broker Associate
ABR, ASP, CNE, GRI, SFR
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
Master Certified Negotiation Expert
Certified Relocation Specialist
October 2020 | Aberdeen Trails
WORDS FROM THE ABT BOD
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please report any lights that are out, blinking or on during the day. Part
of your annual Homeowners fee pays for your streetlights, whether they
work or not. If a light is out in your area, please call 713-207-2222 or go
all of your
• Panel Upgrade / Replacement
• Ceiling Fan Installation
• Smoke Detectors
24-Hour Emergency !
FORD PIANO STUDIO
Lessons for your child or yourself.
Classically Trained Teacher
Experienced & References
email@example.com Telge Rd. Area
• Indoor/Outdoor Lighting
• Surge Protection
• Flat Screen TV Installation
• Recessed Lighting
• Code Compliance
Residential & Commercial Service • Family Owned & Operated • Licensed & Insured
713 -467-1125 | wiredes.com
s a v e $25 OFF
YOUR NEXT SERVICE
CALL IN OCTOBER!
Not to be combined with any other discount or
offer. Not valid on generator maintenance.
Master #100394 TECL # 22809
for what you
Repeat Customer & Referral Rate: 80%
• Water Damage Repair Specialist • Interior/Exterior
Paint & Stain • Cabinet Refinish • Pressure Wash
• Door, Window & Wood Replacement • Hardwood
Floor Installation • Tile Installation & Repair •
Sheetrock Texture • Carpentry • Crown Molding
Roof Repair • Siding • Fence & Deck Repair
• Rental Property Maintenance and Turnkey
Custom Wood Repair & Replacement
• Home Improvement Management
& Consultation Services Available
INSURED & BONDED • FREE ESTIMATES
Call Steven Fletcher at
Serving the Houston Area • Over 20 Years, Experienced Craftsman
Aberdeen Trails | October 2020 3
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Caring Professionals for over 35 years in the Bear Creek Area!
16100 Cairnway, Suite 285
Together since 1979
75 Off for New Patient Exams
25 Off Dental Treatment for (existing patients)
(Not valid with any other offer. EXPIRES 10/31/20. Must present
coupon at the time of service. Valid for only one use per patient)
• Advanced Laser Dentistry
• Digital X-Rays for reduced Radiation
• Affordable, Flexible, No interest payment options.
• FAMILY OWNED • REFERENCES • INSURED & BONDED
• 21 YEARS EXPERIENCE
INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSLETTERS LLC
Carpentry • Sheetrock - Texture • Pressure Washing • HardiPlank ®
Refinish-Staining • Crown Molding • Fences
Call or Text
BUTTON GARAGE DOORS
• Broken Springs
• Flipped Cables
• Bent Tracks
• Tune Ups
• Replace Rollers
• Damaged Sections
• Repair/Replace Door Operator
• Repair or Replace Gate Operator
YOUR AD COULD
Local Subdivision Newsletters reaching over 100,000 homes
Visit our website for a full price list or call our office today!
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
Houston’s Email Notification System, which sends emails to residents
when emergencies affecting a large portion of the city occur, such as
severe weather and hurricanes. Find out more about both AlertHouston
and ENS by visiting http://alert.houstonoem.org.
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.
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!
October 2020 | Aberdeen Trails
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.
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.
AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING SPECIALISTS
Sales, Service & Installation • Residential/Commercial
Neighborhood references available upon request
FREE ESTIMATES &
0% Financing for up
to 72 months (wac)
• Efficient Timing
• Friendly Professionals
• Reasonable Prices
Excellent Online Reviews
Insured * Lic# TACLA26986E
o. 713-467-HVAC • c. 281-733-9860
CYPRESS FALLS BAND FUNDRAISER
The Cypress Falls Golden Eagle Marching Band lined our
neighborhood with nearly 700 US flags recently through their Flags
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
attendance zone. Visit https://www.cypressfallsband.org/flagswith-pride/
for more information and to order online or download
a mail-in form to pay by check/money
order. This fundraiser helps the band
pay for supplies, performances and
competitions. Many other band
fundraisers have been delayed or
postponed due to the pandemic so
this program has become even more
important for them. Help the band line
our streets with flags!
Attorney At Law
Serving Businesses and Families Since 1983
• Wills • Trusts • Probate
• Divorce • Employment
• Adoption • Consumer Law
• Incorporation • Collections
• Partnership • Liens
• Real Estate • Commercial Law
15840 FM 529, Suite 280
Houston, Texas 77095
Located in the Chase Bank Building on FM 529
Aberdeen Trails | October 2020 5
FALL SPECIALS ON EQUIPMENT INSTALLS
• All repairs
The One You’ll Prefer
• Serving area
Free estimate or 2 nd opinion
License TACLB 24777E and Insured
Do you have
HOT or COLD
WE DON’T TRY TO DO IT ALL...
WE ONLY DO WHAT WE DO BEST!
SIDING, WINDOWS & ROOFING
HardiePlank Siding & Exterior Painting
$500 OFF *
HardiePlank and Window Replacement
*Minimum purchase required
Hardie ColorPlus from
Advanced Home Exteriors
is recommended by
Tom Tynan, HomeShow Radio
Call Today for Your Free Estimate!
1400 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N. #130
PROTECT YOUR WORLD
Insurance and discounts subject to terms, conditions and availability. Allstate Vehicle and Property Insurance Co., Allstate Fire and Casualty
Insurance Co.. Life insurance and annuities issued by Lincoln Benefit Life Company, Lincoln, NE, Allstate Life Insurance Company, Northbrook,
IL, and American Heritage Life Insurance Company, Jacksonville, FL. In New York, Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, Hauppauge,
NY. Northbrook, IL. © 2010 Allstate Insurance Co.
In or Around The Comm
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
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
will be required and we limit the number of people in the clubhouse at
the same time.
October 2020 | Aberdeen Trails
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
Desserts & Drinks
$1 Admission for Hourly Door Prizes
For more information call 281-743-3678
Facebook: Crafters * Wallis Legion Post 200
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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
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
an Astros *Suite Night at Minute Maid Park. *Suite night 2021 date will
be determined by the Astros organization and sent to the winner once
determined. For more information about the Houston Open Birdies for
Charity® program, please contact Monica Whitt at email@example.com.
Luis Martinez Quality
Paint & Repair
Interior & Exterior Painting
• Sheetrock Repair & Texture
• Refinish or Replace Doors
• Paint Kitchen Cabinets
• Wood & Siding Replacement
No Payment In Advance!
Bonded & Insured • References Available • Serving your area since 1984
Katy Owned & Operated
Your Trusted and Reliable Expert Electricians
Serving Katy and Greater Houston for Over 40 Years
• Panel Upgrades
• Custom Lighting
• Security Lighting
• Surge Protection
• Ceiling Fans
Randy & Sandi Deyo, Founders
2 Hour Appointment Window • Workmanship Guarantee
0% Interest Financing Available • 5% Military/Veteran Discount
• Wallpaper Removal
• Pressure Washing
• Gutter Installation
• Epoxy Garage Floors
Book online @ westhoustonelectric.com
Aberdeen Trails | October 2020 7
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.
written by Kirpa’s mother
For all your Electrical Needs!
Always on time!
Bonded & Insured
• Troubleshooting & Repairs
• Landscape Lighting
• Panel Upgrade
• Underground &
• Complete Wiring
• Ceiling Fans
• Smoke Detectors
• Recessed Lighting
• Outlets, Switches
• Cabinet Maker
Any Job over $ 95
October 2020 | Aberdeen Trails
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.
Excerpted from article by Annie Goldsmith
“We work as unto
• Kitchens • Bathrooms • Windows / Doors • Floors • Hardi Siding
• Rooms Additions • Complete Renovations • Patio Covers
Aberdeen Trails | October 2020 9
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.
October 2020 | Aberdeen Trails
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.
Low Price Guarantee
Licensed and Insured
Follow me on Angie’s List
We take all major Credit Cards
For all of your plumbing needs, call...
Commercial & Residential
Sewer Camera Inspection and Drain Cleaning
Garbage Disposal and Faucet • Water Heater • Repipe
Sewer Repair • Pipe Repair • Toilet Installation
ONE CALL DOES IT ALL!
Sewer Camera Inspections $120
FREE 1st lb. Freon (R410 only)
1/2 Priced Condenser Coil Cleaning
1 Yr. Warranty On Parts Changed
We Value Your Business
All Brands Serviced
Local Neighborhood Company
Fast Personalized Service
We Will Heat & Cool Your Castle!
*Cannot be combined with any other offers
LOU'S PAINTING, Ltd.
• Interior - Exterior
• Power Washing
• Sheetrock & Texture
• HardiPlank ® Replacement
• Minor Repairs
• Artificial Turf
• Putting Greens
• Stone Borders
Your home is an expensive investment!
Painting beautifies &
preserves that investment!
O 281-492-2643 C 281-844-4338
"Doing business from the same location since 1978"
Aberdeen Trails | October 2020 11
During the coronavirus
pandemic, we are:
Screening all patients,
ensuring only those without
COVID-19 symptoms are seen
in the office.
Houston Methodist can see you safely.
Getting your annual mammogram is one of the most
important steps you can take for early detection. That’s
why our Breast Care Centers are taking every necessary
precaution during the coronavirus pandemic to keep
you and our staff members safe.
Wearing masks and other
personal protective equipment
while providing patient care.
BREAST CARE CENTER
IN TOWNE LAKE
BARKER CYPRESS RD.
CYPRESS N. HOUSTONRD.
BREAST CARE CENTER
to disinfect all equipment
Redesigning waiting rooms
and check-in procedures
to ensure social distancing.
We do not require a doctor’s order for your annual screening
mammogram. Schedule your mammogram today:
Willowbrook: 281.737.7465 | Towne Lake: 281.737.1832
October 2020 | Aberdeen Trails