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Twin Lakes | October 2020 1
Your Community is Fighting Back
We have already won the case, but...
you must file your claim to be eligible for compensation.
After Harvey, the Army Corps of Engineers refused to take responsibility for
intentionally using Upstream properties to store storm water. After a hard-fought
courtroom battle in 2019, Judge Lettow issued his decision. He found the
government liable under the Fifth Amendment for the intentional flooding of
Upstream homes and businesses. In a landmark case, Judge Lettow ruled that
intentional government action was the sole cause of the Upstream flooding.
Upstream residents have filed lawsuits to protect and enforce their Fifth
Amendment rights to just compensation. Attorney Armi Easterby is honored to
represent over 1,300 Upstream families and businesses.
The Chief Judge of the Court of
Federal Claims picked attorney Armi
Easterby to serve as Co-Lead Counsel
to protect the rights of individual
plaintiffs. Armi and his legal team
have taken the lead in obtaining
sworn testimonies from dozens of
government witnesses in
Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and
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President: Carol Monahan 713-305-9809
1st VP Subdivision Events: Lisa Clement Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd VP Membership: Mel Haynie 713-446-2113
Secretary: Cecelia Valencia 346-312-1480
Treasurer: Darlene Marmottin. 713-502-9852
Past President. Mel Haynie. 713-446-2113
Public Relations: Sue Breen 281-615-0193
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SAVE THE DATE!
The Twin Lakes Women’s Association would like you to save a place for us on
your calendar! Open to all members of the Twin Lakes Women’s Association.
Halloween Party (Adults only please)
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 8 PM-Midnight
Chad and Lisa Clement’s home
Annual Christmas Party (Adults only please)
Saturday, December 12, 2020, 7-11 PM
Mike and Carol Monahan’s home
Game Night (Adults only please)
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 7-11 PM
At the Twin Lakes Clubhouse
More details to follow…
Bridge is in full play for 2020! Please join us for a friendly game of bridge
every Monday evening from 7-9 PM at the Twin Lakes Clubhouse. Bring
a snack and/or beverage of choice to share. No experience necessary…
Players from expert to novices are welcome to play. For more information,
please contact Darlene Marmottin at email@example.com or call
TLWA CUPPA TEA & COFFEE CONNECTION
Greetings, Twin Lakes Women! The Women’s Association has been actively at
work this fall and it’s fabulous fun! There are about forty-five active members
in the Cuppa Tea & Coffee Connection, the Thursday morning chat group that
has been together for a zillion years connecting new neighbors and old alike.
Meeting by Zoom has proven to be a delightful way to gather while we are in
the midst of this grievous pandemic. When the group size burgeons, we break
off into smaller groups to make conversation easier! What a great way to get
to know and stay connected with our great neighbors! It’s also important to
the Board to continue to make individual contact with each member of the
Cuppa group by bringing goodie bags right to your door. Karen Stilwell and
Darlene Marmottin head up this group.
TWIN LAKES WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION 2020-2021 BOARD
Carol Monahan, Pres.
Darlene Marmottin, Treasurer
Cecelia Valencia, Secretary
Lisa Clements, 1 st VP- Subdivision Events
Mel Haynie, 2 nd VP- Membership
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2020-21 MEMBERSHIP FORM
Spouse: ______________________________________ Email_______________________________________
Children (Name & Year of Birth):________________________________________________________________
The above information may be published in the TLWA Directory: ___ Yes ___ No
Membership Chair: Mel Haynie • 713-446-2113 Please send/deliver your check ($35) and form to Mel Haynie - 5515 Olympiad Dr.
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TLWA NEWS CONTINUED...
A Book Club is now forming, with eight women already signed up! The
first book to be read is the newest one by Richard Cunningham, one of our
neighborhood sons (son of Bianca and Charles Cunningham, brother of
Diana Holden). It’s entitled “Three Good Leads”. Richard and his professor
wife Lily Ann will meet with the group October 8 th at 7 PM, meeting by
Zoom. Please contact Diane Goyette at firstname.lastname@example.org
TWIN LAKES OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
October 17 th at 7:30 PM the first Twin Lakes Outdoor Movie Night will
be hosted in front of the tennis courts! The early movie, of the “Hotel
Transylvania” series (apropos for October!) will begin at 7:30 PM for the
younger crowd and the second seating, “Captain Marvel” for teens and
adults will begin about 9:15 PM. I’m so excited that we can do something
like this! Family groups will be separated by red carpet runners; masks
will be required unless seated. Concessions will be available in front of
the clubhouse with beef hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and popcorn
being offered. There is no charge for the event (it’s covered by our dues),
but ticketing will be required. More to come on that! We hosted a trial run
on Sweet Surrender Court last week; it was a hit! If you’ve not paid your
dues, check the information at the end of this missive.
YOU HAVE BEEN BOOED
“You’ve Been Booed!” will begin October 1 st ! The idea is to surprise at least
two neighbors, one you know and one you don’t! Because the purpose
is for getting to know people and building relationships, this time the
“Booing” will NOT be anonymous. For adults and children, a bag could
include candy and snacks, Halloween pasta, stickers, pens or pencils,
etc. Fall themed items like bath salts, candles, fall decor items or a bottle
of wine if you know the neighbor would appreciate that. I’m preparing
my bags now! Also, consider supporting a neighbor’s business by using
one of their items in your bag. Printouts will be sent the third week of
September with instructions and posters for the doors. So fun!
TLWA OTHER ACTIVITIES
Lisa Clement, this year’s events coordinator, has done an amazing job
planning many events, only to see many of them undercut by distancing
requirements. So it’s been a challenge to juggle, tweak and manage
events and activities so that we can stay safely connected and give us
times we can look forward to!
The membership committee delivered its first greeting bag for our
new neighbors Melissa and Greg on Fragrant Cloud. Welcome to the
neighborhood; we’re so glad to have you, Melissa!!
In mid-August there was a trial run for Stuff the Pantry, when ten families
participated by caravan, carrying about a thousand cans of food to a
local food pantry to assist those who have been cut back in employment
or have lost their jobs altogether. The next Stuff the Pantry will run on
Saturday, October 3 rd at 10 AM, caravanning from St. Anne’s, 13403
A Meal Train is also being organized to assist neighbors who are
experiencing an illness, a birth, death or significant life change! One can
sign up to bring or send a meal to the family or to receive this. What a
terrific way to support and care for neighbors!
The TLWA has hosted Test Kitchens in the past and we’re working at
setting that up as well! We’ll keep you posted.
Also, a tentative date is set for a Christmas party on December 12 th . Plans
must be made carefully, adjusting with government mandates as we go.
Again, more info will be forthcoming on this.
What a privilege to live in Twin Lakes! I’m so grateful to be here.
October 2020 | Twin Lakes
NOTICE TO TWIN LAKES
AND THEIR VISITORS:
In an effort to ensure the safety of our residents,
their visitors, our guards and the security of our
community, the Twin Lakes Board of Directors is
asking everyone entering the neighborhood to
be mindful of their speed limits. We have received
complaints of drivers rushing past the guardhouse
when the expected speed is 5 mph when passing
through the entrance. Please also remind your
visitors to stop at the guardhouse for check-in
before proceeding into the neighborhood.
DOGS AND CATS OWNERS PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
Leash laws apply to both cats and dogs. Please abide by the leash laws
and leash your cat or dog.
HOW TO GET TWIN LAKES NEWS
Twin Lakes has several resources for you to get information on the
community and upcoming events. These resources include:
• Facebook (Twin Lakes Houston, closed group)
• Next Door
• Twin Lakes Web Page (www.twinlakeshouston.com)
Did you know that Twin Lakes also has an online directory for our
residents? You must register with the Twin Lakes home page. Call 281-
579-0761 during business hours for the registration code.
TWIN LAKES SHARE & PRAYER
Share & Prayer is currently meeting by Zoom every other Tuesday evening
at 6:45 PM. To join in contact Patty Napp at Patricia.napp@woodgroup.
com or Carol Monahan at 713-305-9809.
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.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020, 8 AM TO 2 PM
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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
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COPPERFIELD SOUTHDOWN VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE
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ABERDEEN GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WIDE GARAGE SALE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TH
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BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
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Located off of N Hwy 6 between West Little York and Kieth Harrow Blvd.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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
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determined. For more information about the Houston Open Birdies for
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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
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Mildred’s Umbrella Theater has put a hold on live productions until
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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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