Stone Gate October 2020

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S-G OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. ONSITE OFFICES & IMPORTANT NUMBERS

ASSOCIATION’S MANAGEMENT COMPANY

CONTACT INFO

Principal Management Group of Houston (PMG) has been

contracted by the Board of Directors to manage the day-today

activities of the community.

In order to contact the community’s Board of Directors or

if residents have concerns, questions about their account

or deed restriction violations to report, please put the

information in writing and send via email to your onsite

office in your section.

TO CONTACT THE BOARD:

Principal Management Group of Houston

11000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 150

Houston, TX 77041

713-329-7100

STONE GATE OFFICE (SG)

11655 Canyon Green Dr., Houston, TX 77095

PH: 281-304-7448 • Email: stonegaterec@att.net

Hours: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat: 9 AM-5 PM

Thurs: 11 AM-7 PM / Sun: closed

CANYON LAKES WEST OFFICE (CLW)

19722 Stanton Lake Dr., Cypress, TX 77433

PH: 281-855-0984 • Email: canyonlakeswest@att.net

Hours: Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat: 9 AM-5 PM

Wed: 11 AM-7 PM / Sun/Mon: closed

MIRAMESA OFFICE (MM)

20150 Miramesa Dr., Cypress, TX 77433

PH: 832-698-4490

Email: miramesarec@outlook.com

Hours: Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat: - 9 AM-5 PM

Tues: 11 AM-7 PM / Sun/Mon: closed

SG SPLASHPAD TEXAS (SGSP)

9901 Red Rugosa, Houston, TX 77095

PH: 281-304-7448

Email: stonegaterec@att.net

NOTE: Please visit or contact the Stone Gate

office for assistance.

CLW SPLASH PAD AT THE GROVE (CLWSP)

20526 Morrison Grove Drive, Cypress, TX

77433

PH: 281-855-0984 Email: canyonlakeswest@att.net

NOTE: Please visit or contact the Canyon

Lakes West office for assistance.

GATE ATTENDANTS

Stone Gate

11755 Canyon Green Dr 281-256-3620

Canyon Lakes West

8212 Canyon Lakes Manor Dr. 281-858-6100

AMENITY ACCESS - Stone Gate, Canyon Lakes, Canyon Lakes Village, Canyon Lakes West and Miramesa are in the same homeowner’s association,

S-G Owners Association. All residents are welcome to use the amenities at all locations. To sign up for Stone Gate amenities, residents of Canyon

Lakes West and/or Miramesa must go to the Recreation Center at Stone Gate and show them a copy of their driver’s license to show proof of

residency and then they can register there. The two recreation centers are on different computer systems and in order to use the Stone Gate

amenities, residents must sign up on their system and vice versa. Canyon Lakes West and Miramesa are on the same computer system, so you

only have to sign up at one or the other, not both.

TRASH/WATER

WCA Waste 281-368-8397

Remington MUD #1 281-579-4500

Tax Office/ MUD #165 713-932-9011

H2O Consulting/MUD #165 281-861-6215

ROVING PATROL

PROFESSIONAL PROTECTION & INVESTIGATIONS

Patrol Phone: 832-243-8206

EMERGENCY 911

Non-Emergency: Stone Gate Residents

(Sheriff’s office) 713-221-6000

Non-Emergency: Miramesa/Canyon Lakes

West

Constable Precinct 5 281-463-6666

Cy-Fair VFD 281-550-6663

Department of Public Safety (DPS) 281-232-4334

SCHOOLS

Cy-Fair ISD

www.cfisd.net

Birkes Elementary School 281-345-3300

Lamkin Elementary School 281-897-4775

Postma Elementary School 281-345-3660

Rennel Elementary School 281-213-1550

Woodard Elementary School 281-373-2303

Aragon Middle School 281-856-5100

Arnold Middle School 281-897-4700

Hopper Middle School 281-463-5353

Smith Middle School 281-213-1010

Cy-Fair High School 281-897-4600

Cy-Falls High School 281-856-1000

Cy-Springs High School 281-345-3000

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ANNOUNCEMENT:

ONSITE OFFICES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

We are practicing extreme caution for the safety of our residents and

staff by limiting the amount of visitors we receive at the onsite offices.

There are many things that can be resolved via email, but we understand

there are some things you may need to visit the office to resolve. If you

would like to visit the onsite office, please email your Onsite Manager to

schedule an appointment.

Stone Gate stonegaterec@att.net

Canyon Lakes West canyonlakeswest@att.net

Miramesa Rec Center miramesarec@outlook.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

WHO TO CONTACT

In an effort to better serve you and to improve response time, we would

like to remind you that you can contact your onsite clubhouse for

questions and concerns regarding the community and your account.

Stone Gate residents are encouraged to call the Stone Gate Clubhouse

office at 281-304-7448 or send an email to stonegaterec@att.net.

Canyon Lakes West & Pine Creek residents please call the Canyon Lakes

West Clubhouse at 281-855-0984 or email canyonlakeswest@att.net.

Miramesa residents please call the Miramesa Clubhouse at 832-698-

4490 or email miramesarec@outlook.com.

The onsite team members are able to assist you with account information,

deed restriction questions, community concerns and or complaints.

In the event they are not able to assist you, they will reach out to the

Community Manager, Board of Directors and/or Management Company

to answer your questions.

Melinda Hoffpauir is the Events Coordinator and can assist you with

questions regarding community events, community intranet and

newsletters. She can be reached via email at mgarcia@canyongate.com.

If you are not receiving feedback from the onsite team and would like

to contact the General Manager, James Skinner, you can email him at

jskinner@pmghouston.com.

We encourage you to please reach out to your onsite team members

before contacting James Skinner as they are able to respond to you faster.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

The S-G Owners Association provided 500 kids in our community with

school supplies! We hope the school supplies provided will help our kids

stay prepared for a bright school year! Thank you to the Social Committee

for helping put the school supply bags together. We appreciate everyone

who came out to pick up a school supply pack on Sunday, September 6 th .

We wish all of our kids a great and successful school year!

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Please keep in mind,

all community events, dates, times and locations are subject to change.

MOVIE NIGHT - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020, 7 PM:

Bring your blankets & lawn chairs. Join us for Movie Night at the Sterling

Country Club located at 16500 Houston National Blvd. Houston, TX 77095.

We will be sending out a link where you can help choose the movie we

will be watching! The movie will begin promptly at 7 PM. Food trucks will

be available for food and drink purchases.

We kindly request that you will continue to practice social distancing to

promote a safe and enjoyable event! We hope to see you there!

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 6 TH , 5-9 PM:

Join us at the Miramesa Clubhouse located at 20150 Miramesa Dr.

Cypress, TX 77433 for Food Truck Friday! We will have a variety of Food

Trucks to choose from! Save the date and your appetite! We hope to see

you there!

GINGERBREAD HOUSEMAKING -

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020, 11 AM-1 PM:

REGISTER NOW! We invite you to participate in our annual Gingerbread

House Making! This year, the kit will be made in the comfort of your own

home! Please visit the link below to reserve your kit today!

https://forms.gle/yNQFCRQYH1PDJMAo6

There is no charge for the gingerbread kit, but reservations are required

as supplies are limited. Gingerbread kits will be distributed on Saturday,

November 21 st between 11 AM-1 PM at the Stone Gate Clubhouse,

Canyon Lakes West Clubhouse and Miramesa Clubhouse.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to give as many families an opportunity to receive

a gingerbread kit, there is a limit of ONE gingerbread kit per family, not

per child. This event is for Stone Gate, Canyon Lakes West & Miramesa

residents only.

Supplies are limited, ADVANCED RESERVATIONS are required. Please

visit https://forms.gle/yNQFCRQYH1PDJMAo6 to reserve your kit today!

Please RSVP by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020. We will NOT be accepting

ANY reservations after November 6 th . Please email Melinda Hoffpauir at

mgarcia@canyongate.com for more information.

We will be sending important community updates, event information

and other announcements through the TownSq app. We encourage you

to please download the app to stay up to date with the community. Your

account is already set up and ready to use. Register using your Account

ID and Zip Code https://app.townsq.io/associa/signup

Login: https://app.townsq.io/login

Download the app and start experiencing community your way!

Note: If you have more than one account you will be able to link them

and have only one login.

Once logged in, you will instantly be able to customize your

communication settings to start receiving notifications - when and how

you want!

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2020 BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE

Executive session (closed session) will continue to be from 4:30 PM to

6:30 PM and the open session from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Meetings are currently being held by teleconference. Notifications

and updates are sent through TownSq.

This is a Facebook group set up by residents to share information:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/470015773619972 or search

for Stone Gate Residents (SG, Canyon Lakes @ SG, & Canyon Lakes

Village)

October 21 st :

November 18 th :

December 16 th : ANNUAL MEMBERS & ELECTION MEETING

*Meeting dates, times and/or locations are subject to change.

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INTERESTED IN JOINING A COMMITTEE?

Please see the committees and their description below to see where you

would be a great fit!

I. Cy-Fair Community Relations Committee

• Provide written recommendations to the Board

• Assist with building relationship with the Cy-Fair ISD transportation

department

• Suggest solutions for school bus drop off and pick up

• Provide suggestions for articles for the monthly newsletters and email

blasts

• Other duties as assigned by the Board

II. Landscape Committee

• Provide written recommendations to the Board

• Periodic review and evaluation of landscape managed areas

• Assist with Yard of the Month and Holiday Yard contests

• Provide suggestions for articles for the monthly newsletters and email blasts

• Other duties as assigned by the Board

III. Social Committee

• Provide written recommendations to the Board

• Suggest ideas for community events and functions to the Events

Coordinator

• Assist and support community events

• Submit a one-year proposal for activities, events, etc. for consideration

• Include Welcome Committee functions to incorporate the Section

Leaders

• Provide suggestions for articles for the monthly newsletters and email

blasts

• Other duties as assigned by the Board

PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DUCKS AND GEESE

Spring is the air and this lovely weather has many of us visiting our

community parks and ponds. It can be tempting to feed the ducks

as geese as many of us have grown up thinking that this was an

environmentally responsible and humane way to dispose of old or stale

bread. However, feeding ducks and geese is actually unhealthy and

potentially dangerous for the birds. This seemingly generous act, in fact,

can be extremely harmful.

Bread and similar products such as crackers, chips, doughnuts and

popcorn have little nutritional value. Without healthy food and proper

nutrition the ducks and geese will quickly succumb to disease and death.

Feeding ducks and geese can lead to the following problems as well:

• Duckling malnutrition - in areas where ducks are regularly fed bread

the ducklings will not receive adequate nutrition for proper growth and

development.

• Overcrowding - Where food is easy to come by, ducks and other waterfowl

will lay more eggs and the pond or lake will become overcrowded. This

makes it more difficult for the birds to seek out healthier food sources

and increases territorial aggression, especially during mating season. It

will also cause ducks to cross busy streets in search of food.

• Pollution - What happens to all that bread that is not eaten? It causes

algae growths, pollution and can eventually eradicate fish and other life

in the vicinity.

• Diseases - A diet rich in carbohydrates leads to greater fecal production

and bird feces easily harbors bacteria responsible for numerous diseases

including avian botulism.

• Attraction of pests - Rotting leftover food attracts other unwelcome

pests such as rats, mice and insects. These pests can also harbor additional

diseases that can be dangerous to humans.

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If you care about ducks and geese, do not feed them. They can live

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plants, seeds, grasses and insects rather than taking handouts from willmeaning

humans. Now that you know, you can help by not feeding the

ducks and geese and by educating other duck lovers.

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FRIENDLY REMINDER:

KEEP OUR LAKES CLEAN!

Please help us keep our community beautiful by NOT THROWING trash

and debris into the lakes. In addition, there is NO SWIMMING, BOATING

OR FISHING in the LAKES.

PLEASE BE OBSERVANT OF POSTED TRAFFIC

SIGNS, SPEED AND GATES

STOP FOR ALL SCHOOL BUSES LOADING AND UNLOADING

Please respect the posted traffic speeds and stop signs in our community.

They are here to make our community a safe and pleasant place to live.

With the pleasant weather, our children are out enjoying our amenities.

Use extra caution when driving near our parks and community pools.

Please also use the correct side of the gates for entry and exit.

ROVING PATROL

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832-243-8206

The service provider for the Gate Attendant and Roving Patrol services for

the community is Priority Protection & Investigations (PPI).

The primary function of a Roving Patrol service is to assist with crime

deterrence by staying highly visible while conducting routine patrols

throughout the community to observe and report suspicious activity to

the local authorities and/or association.

The Patrol Officers also assist with service calls within the community.

Some of the typical calls received are as follows:

• Noise disturbances

• Suspicious persons, vehicles or activities

• Welfare checks

• Property Damage

• Solicitors in gated communities

• Courtesy checks of your home (only if there are not any signs of forced

entry present)

While the officers do their best to handle most situations, sometimes

Police assistance is necessary to properly handle the situation. The Roving

Patrol Officers are not Law Enforcement and do not have the authority

to arrest or detain unless, in the rare occasion, they are conducting a

citizen’s arrest. This means that if the Roving Patrol Officers are called out

to investigate a suspicious person and make contact with the individual,

they cannot hold them for questioning if the subject fails to comply with

the request to identify themselves and/or state their business. At that

point the Officers will contact the Police for assistance if it is necessary.

If the subject flees from the Patrol Officer, they are not permitted to give

chase whether on foot or in a vehicle.

There are times were the officers are called in situations where the Police/

Fire/EMS needs to be the primary responders and called first. Some of

these types of situations are as follows:

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YARD OF THE MONTH

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SEPTEMBER 2020 YARD OF THE MONTH WINNERS!

We hope you enjoy your gift card courtesy of our friends Connell Team with Better Homes And Gardens Gary Greene.

Do you have a neighbor with an outstanding yard? If so, please nominate them for Yard-of-the-Month award! To nominate a neighbor for yard-of-themonth,

please send your recommendation to Melinda Hoffpauir at mgarcia@canyongate.com and include the following information:

Home address for the nominee

Your home address

Your phone number

Thank you for keeping our community a beautiful place to live!

Your reason for the nomination

Canyon Lakes West: 8623 Dalton Crest

Miramesa: 20262 Fossil Valley Ln.

Stone Gate: 10822 Opal Ridge

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COOKIE KITS

Thank you to everyone who came out and

picked up a cookie kit on Saturday, August

29th at the Stone Gate Splash Pad. Thank

you to SuzyBees Bakery for donating the

cookie kits. A special thank you to our

resident volunteers who helped distribute the

cookie kits and lemonade! The S-G Owners

Association provided and distributed 300

cookie kits and 600 lemonades! We hope the

cookie kits helped sweeten your day! Here are

some photos of the masterpieces created!

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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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Have a great (and safe) school year!

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Hailey - Cy-Ranch HS

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10 Ideas for

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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

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.

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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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