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(about one mile south of Hwy. 290 in the

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CYPRESS MILL IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Cypress Mill Resident Board of Directors

The HOA Board Members are volunteers, elected by the residents of

Cypress Mill. They are working for the well-being of our community.

Please consider that they have families also and respect their time and

privacy.

Jeff Garrett – President

Kevin Tolls – Vice President

Stacey Lucas – Director

Larry Turner – Treasure

Beverly Mcgaughey - Secretary

MANAGEMENT COMPANY

PRINCIPAL MANAGEMENT GROUP

Angela Rivera - On Site Manager

281-213-3184

angela.rivera@associa.us

CYPRESS MILL CONTACTS

Block Captain Committee

Newsletter Editor

Cypress Mill Swim Team

cymillmakosharks.swim-team.us

Questions/Comments?

SCHOOLS

Robison Elementary School 281-213-1700

Spillane Middle School 281-213-1645

Cy-Woods High School 281-213-1800

www.cfisd.net

SECURITY

Constable Mark Herman 281-376-3472

For a Real Emergency Dial 911

BLOCK NAME EMAIL PHONE

Bladenboro (Park 1) Theresa Bacom theresa.bacom@yahoo.com 832-443-0236

Cypress Ridge Dot Wilson dotwil@att.net 281-304-1440

Delta Estates Ct. Elaine Nall elainenall@gmail.com 281-304-0604

Harmony Estates Gloria Layman glslaymn4250@gmail.com

Huntmont Drive (Place) Brett Stanaker brett@stanaker.com 832-257-2428

Mallard Estates Ct. Jo Ann Nowak jonowak@comcast.net 281-304-1614

Meadow Estates Ln. Carrie Carpenter ccarcarpenter@yahoo.com 281-758-5422

Mills Park Ln. Kim Kirkhart k.kirkhart@gmail.com

Rosehill Estates Ln. Ronnie Kallus ronkallusjr@comcast.net 281-304-1246

Moss Valley Drive

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TRASH/WATER

Best Trash 281-313-2378

Cypress Hill MUD #1 (24-hr. Emergency) 281-374-8989

www.cypresshillmud1.com/contact/index

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Fire/Ambulance 911

Poison Control 800-222-1222

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-941-8972

Mosquito Control 713-440-4800

Children’s Protective Svs 713-394-4000

DPS Sex Offenders website

http://records.txdps.state.tx.us

Harris Co. Public Health & Envir 713-439-6000

U. S. Post Office 800-275-8777

AT&T

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AT&T Repair Center 800-246-8464

Comcast Cable 713-341-1000

En-Touch Systems 281-225-1000

Reliant Energy (Repair) 713-207-7777

Centerpoint Energy 713-659-2111

Street Light Repair (give pole #) 713-207-2222

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To report gas leaks 713-659-3552

Street Repair 281-463-6300

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OFFICE HOURS

PMG Manager: Angela Rivera

Telephone: 281-213-3184

Email: Angela.Rivera@associa.us

PMG Manager is in office

(located in Recreation Center)

the following days & hours:

Monday

8 AM - 5 PM*

Tuesday

1 PM - 5 PM

Wednesday

8 AM - 5 PM*

Thursday

8 AM - 5 PM*

Friday

8 AM - 5 PM*

Saturday

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*Closed for lunch 12 PM - 1 PM

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MESSAGE FROM YOUR HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Greetings fellow homeowners, Information for the fall community

garage sale; please contact Angela Rivera at 281-213-3184 for more

information. National Night Out Announcement: This year the Cypress

Mill Community would like for you to join in a block by block event for

those that would like to participate, done safely. The date is on Tuesday,

October 6, 2020.

~ Cypress Mill HOA Board of Directors

CYPRESS MILL BOARD

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other social media are not affiliated with the Cypress Mill Homeowner’s

Association. The Association assumes no responsibility for their content.

For official information, please log into https://app.townsq.io/login.

CYPRESS MILL HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

MINUTES OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING - JUNE 24, 2020

CALL TO ORDER

The Board of Directors meeting of the Cypress Mill Homeowners Association

Inc. was held on February 26, 2020 at the Cypress Mill Recreation Center, 14710

Mills Park Lane, Cypress, Texas.

Those in attendance were Larry Ramirez, Jeff Garrett, Stacey Lucas, Beverly

McGaughey and Kevin Tolls. Angela Rivera was also in attendance (representing

Associa Principal Management Group). With a quorum duly established,

President Larry Ramirez, called Cypress Mill Board of Director’s meeting to order

at 6:02 PM, Larry Ramirez with an open prayer.

SUMMARY OF EXECUTIVE: Board of Director - President announced the last

meeting minutes are available on the community app TownSq.

CONSTABLE - Nothing to report currently.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: After reviewing and discussion, the Board of Directors,

Jeff and Kevin motioned to accept the meeting minutes of May and Special

Meeting minutes of June 3, 2020, all approved.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Angela Rivera presented Mays 2020 Financials. The

Financials were accepted as presented. The following items noted:

• Operating Funds of $455,460.88 and Reserve Funds of $260,525.88 as of May

2020.

• May 2020 YTD actual expenses are under budget by $43,500.07

HOMEOWNERS FORUM

Homeowners present discussed the following items:

• Homeowner reported a DR violation.

• Homeowners discussed the landscape company mowers.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION | RECONVENE FROM EXECUTIVE

SESSION

The following items were discussed during the executive session. Motions were

made and seconded and passed unanimously to:

• (241-1024) |The Board discussed account with the owner and noted action

will be taken.

• (235-8365) |The Board discussed owner account and noted action will be

taken.

• (412-3815)) |The Board discussed owners account and noted action will be

taken.

• (234-6539) | The Board discussed owners request of removal of a tree between

sidewalk and street. The Board informed the owner they can remove the tree.

• (467-5059) | The ACC application was reviewed and discussed with the owner

and noted action will be taken.

•Exer-tech estimate for repairs in fitness room approved at $1,459.45.

•Cascade Bend pocket park| Tree removal quote tabled.

•Audiolink| Maintenance contract renewal quote on hold.

•Monarch irrigation | quote approved at $346.

•Classic Sports| Quote for additional tennis court approved at $8,600.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Board, the

regular business session of the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Next meeting held will be on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 6 PM.

RATIFY ACTIONS IN BETWEEN MEETINGS

• MUD Hill #1 asked usage of the clubhouse for their monthly meeting in July

and August. Approved by the Board.

• DunRite| Re-vised quote for south side fencing on Cypress Mill Park Lane

approved at $56,200.

• Alvarez Tree Service| Quote on 37 wax myrtle trees for south side fence off

Cypress Mill Park Lane at $5,550.

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SPECIAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2020

The following items were discussed during the special meeting. Motions were

made and seconded and passed unanimously to:

• (444-2486) | An ACC application was reviewed and discussed with the owner

and noted action will be taken.

• (234-6160) | The account was discussed with the owner and noted action will

be taken.

• 22 owner accounts turned over to the attorney for DR violations.

• The Board requested a re-vised quote of the fence project off Cypress Mill Park

Lane.

• Approval to remove the extra lifeguard from each pool starting on July 8, 2020.

• (235-8828) |Owners DR was reviewed and approved to move forward to next

status.

ACC COMMITTEE MEETING ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020

The following items were discussed during the ACC committee meeting.

• Follow ups after a denial or / approval of an application.

• Owners are to submit a before and after photo of modification.

• Email addresses on application.

• Deed restriction consolidation.

• Committee members to meet quarterly with the Board of Directors.

HOMEOWNERS MEETING ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020

The following item were discussed during the homeowners meeting.

• Cat handling between homeowner to homeowner.

• The Board will inform the MUD district on issues with feral cats around water

tower.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Board Meetings: 4 th Wednesday of every month at 6 PM.

(exception of Annual Meeting in April at 7 PM)

November and December 2020 - no meetings

POLITE PARKING

Several complaints have been received about visitors leaving their vehicles

parked for extended periods of time. Please ask your visitors to park in

your driveway or at least in front of your property, leaving your neighbors

room for their visitors to park or to pass through with their vehicles.

DEED RESTRICTION VIOLATIONS

By PMG of Houston Management

Trash bins need to be out of view from the street. That means you cannot

have your trash bins on the driveway, side of home or behind columns

in front of garage door. You will get a letter and if you don’t comply we

will send you to the attorney just for this trash bin violation and you will

receive the attorney charge on your account. Please move your trash bins

out of view from the street.

LEASH LAWS

There have been several complaints about dogs either running loose in

the neighborhood or being walked but not on a leash. It is annoying and

sometimes frightening, when dogs run up to a homeowner, so for safety

reasons, please keep your dog on a leash. FYI-Excerpt from: The Khan Law Firm

Harris County Animal Control clearly states that “all dogs and cats must be

kept under restraint while in the unincorporated areas of Harris County,

Texas.” In other words:

• dogs aren’t permitted to run around at large and

• they always must be kept under direct physical control (on a leash) of

their owner

BARKING DOG PROBLEM:

• The best way is to call the Constable office to make a noise complaint. 24

dispatches number 281-376-3472.

• Call from outside when the dogs are barking.

• Request from the operator who answers the phone exactly what to ask

for on a formal noise complaint.

• Tell them you would like to meet the constable to a make a formal

complaint.

• The best way is to talk to your neighbor, but if you don’t feel comfortable

call the Constable’s office.

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ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW PROCESS

The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) as well other

legally binding documents, are provided to homeowners prior to

closing on a house. Please read the guidelines before submitting your

Architectural Control Committee application. You can receive a copy

online on TownSq www.cypressmillhoa.com under documents or you

can call your community manager Angela at 281-213-3184 and/or email

angela.rivera@associa.us to request a form. All application can take up

to 30 business day before an approval or denial is correspondent to a

homeowner.

RESIDENTS OF CYPRESS MILL:

Having your lawn cut either by yourself or a hired landscaper please don’t

put out your grass clippings out on the sidewalk until trash days, Monday

or Thursdays. We are getting complaints of homeowners putting out

grass clippings before trash days. We thank you for your understanding

and corporation.

SWEEPING OR BLOWING

DEBRIS INTO STORM DRAINS

According to Herman L. Sanders of the Harris County Watershed

Protection Group, “Sweeping grass, leaves, grass clippings, yard waste,

etc., into a storm drain is cited as a civil solid-waste violation of State

Municipal Solid Waste rules, Chapter 330.15 (a)(1). Civil penalties are $50

to $25,000 per day per violation. Criminal penalties, if pursued, are $500

to $100,000 per day per violation.”

NOTICE: FITNESS ROOM USAGE

No one under 18 years of age is allowed in the fitness room at any time.

If you are found in the fitness room your access card will be deactivated

and you will have to come in front of the Board of Directors to discuss

reactivating card. Please comply with the rules.

TREE TRIM

It’s that time of the year, “tree trimming.” Please be courteous and trim up

your trees. For those fellow neighbors who walk the community as well

for school buses, vehicles and emergency personal to have a clearance

of tree limbs on sidewalks and streets. Please review your CC&R of the

clearance height in your section.

SOLICITATION IS AGAINST

OUR DEED RESTRICTION:

Please do not purchase from solicitors and ask them to leave our

neighborhood. Although it is difficult to enforce this violation we

can work together to keep this activity at a minimum. Please contact

Constable Mark Herman dispatch at 281-376-3472 if any harassment

issues or suspicious behavior arises.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

The deadline for submitting articles/information to the Cypress Mill

Messenger is the 6 th of the preceding month. Please email articles to:

angela.rivera@associa.us. Information should be sent as an attachment

in Word document format.

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DISCLAIMER

Cypress Mill Homeowners Association and the Newsletter Committee,

assume no responsibility for the advertising content, warranties or

representations made in such advertising of this newsletter. These are

solely the responsibility of the advertiser.

At no time, will any source be allowed to use the Cypress Mill Messenger

contents or loan said contents to others in any way, shape or form nor

in any media, website, print, film, email, electrostatic copy, fax, etc. for

the purpose of solicitation, commercial use or any use for profit, political

campaigns or other self amplification, under penalty of law without

written or expressed permission from the Cypress Mill Homeowners

Association. The information in the Cypress Mill Messenger is exclusively

for the private use of Cypress Mill residents.

STREET LIGHT OUT?

Have you noticed a streetlight out? You can report it to CenterPoint

Energy 24 hours a day at 713-207-2222. Choose a language preference

and then select option “4” for street light outages. Please provide the

streetlight’s six digit number located approximately 5 feet up the pole.

Also, it is helpful to give the street name and address.

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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GARAGE SALES

CONCORD BRIDGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020, 8 AM TO 2 PM

West Little York between Eldridge and Hwy 6.

WESTGATE FALL GARAGE SALE - OCTOBER 3, 2020

Located off of Barker Cypress between Longenbaugh and FM529.

COPPERFIELD EASTON COMMONS FALL GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 RD , 7 AM-3 PM

Located in Copperfield between Longenbaugh and West Rd.

COPPERFIELD SOUTHDOWN VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE

OCTOBER 10 TH

Located in Copperfield off of Longenbaugh near Hwy. 6.

COPPER VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 TH FROM 7 AM TO 12 NOON

West Road - between Hwy 6 & Queenston

ABERDEEN GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WIDE GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TH

Aberdeen Green is located on Telge Road at West Road,

south of Hwy. 290.

BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TH

Located off of N Hwy 6 between West Little York and Kieth Harrow Blvd.

Lots of bargains!

COPPERFIELD MIDDLEGATE GARAGE SALE

OCTOBER 17 TH , 7 AM - 3 PM

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

between Longenbaugh and West Rd.

THE STAR OF DESTINY (KATY) CHAPTER GARAGE SALE

Star of Destiny (Katy) Chapter, National Society Daughters of the

American Revolution will hold our annual fundraising garage sale on

Saturday, October 24, 2020. The sale will be held from 8 AM to 12 PM at

Estates of Chesterfield Swim and Tennis Club, 1707 Briarchester Dr., Katy,

Tx. 77450. There will be household items, fine china, furniture, toys, books

and much more! The items are reasonably priced and this sale is our main

source of funds for patriotic activities with troops, schools, libraries and

military families. The Star of Destiny Chapter is an organization with over

100 members so there will be plenty of items from which to choose.

Please come and check out all the treasures! Due to Texas rules on social

distancing, masks will be required and we limit the number of people in

the clubhouse at the same time.

CRAFT SHOWS

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

Musical Entertainment

Hamburgers & Chopped BBQ on Bun

Desserts & Drinks

$1 Admission for Hourly Door Prizes

For more information call 281-743-3678

Email: jgiese3866@aol.com

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VENDOR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Are you crafty? Are you a distributor for a specialty item? Saint Aidan’s

Episcopal Church has opened vendor registration for our 7 th Annual Fall

Festival and Holiday Market! The market and festival will be held Sunday,

October 25, 2020 from 10 AM-4 PM. We will have both indoor and outdoor

booths. Saint Aidan’s is located in Cypress at 13131 Fry Road – just south of

Hwy 290. Our festival features Market Booths, Children’s Area, Petting Zoo,

Pony Rides, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Music, Cake Walk and a Trunk

N Treat. For more information and to register online, visit our website at

http://aidanschurch.org and click on the Fall Festival icon or if you prefer

to mail in your registration, you can obtain a Booth Reservation form by

contacting us at 281-373-3203 or email fallfest@aidanschurch.org. Saint

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

GOLF TOURNAMENTS

HOUSTON OPEN BIRDIES FOR CHARITY®

What is Birdies for Charity®? Birdies for Charity® is a fundraising program

designed to give local charities the opportunity to generate contributions

through the Houston Open. 100% of your donation goes directly to the

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

donation-collecting charities and one randomly drawn charity with an

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

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

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The minimum birdie pledge is $.01 and the maximum pledge is $1. The

last day to submit a pledge is Sunday, November 8, 2020. Last year, 1,244

birdies were made at the Houston Open. FYI we are playing at a new

course this year.

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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 info@astrosgolf.com.

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 marie@thecfef.org or visit our website at www.theCFEF.org.

THE WOMEN’S FUND FOR HEALTH EDUCATION AND

RESILIENCY: 10 TH ANNUAL ROCKIN’ RESILIENCY LUNCHEON

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit

providing Houston-area women and girls with the tools needed to be

advocates for their health, is pleased to announce its 10 th Annual Rockin’

Resiliency Luncheon on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 11 AM. The Women’s

Fund along with Luncheon Chairs Christine and Steve Johnson are hosting

an in-person luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West South Loop,

Houston, TX 77027, along with a virtual event online for guests to celebrate

at a distance. Guests along with girls and women who participate in The

Women’s Fund’s Health Education classes are invited to the fun-filled

afternoon featuring a keynote speaker, silent auction and more. The

Women’s Fund invites everyone to support the mission to help more

adolescent girls and women lead happier, healthier and more resilient lives

by purchasing a sponsorship or tickets to the Rockin’ Resiliency Luncheon

at www.thewomensfund.org/events. For 41 years, The Women’s Fund has

educated girls and women in the Houston area through classes, workshops,

lectures and publications that teach resiliency skills and relate those skills

to current health risks. Dedicated to ensuring positive health outcomes for

individuals and communities, The Women’s Fund serves close to 12,000

women and adolescent girls and distributes 9,913 publications each year.

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10 Ideas for

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While Halloween might look different this year, that doesn’t

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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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