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Safe Halloween Plans -Indoor and Outdoors

safe #Halloween with Covid-19

October is a month of Fall, enjoying harvests, pumpkins and for children, teens and adults, planning for Halloween. What’s on your social calendar for a spooktacular evening?

The virus Covid-19 floating around may have a few wondering how to enjoy this annual event. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing the varied and many different costumes our children wear for this special night?

It seems almost like an annual Halloween fashion show and as parents we enjoy those smiles and expressions of joy and fun plus curiosity of experiencing a change of perspective of their world literally without the light except artificial lights.

Personal safety and Indoor Halloween

We have to first keep ourselves, child, teen and adults alike, safe from this virus. We have recommendations of wear masks, social distancing and stay inside if not feeling well. This can bring feelings of loneliness, left out and left behind. Remember, this is only one year and Halloween will return again next year. It’s not the end and shhh! Christmas comes after Halloween too.

Parents can have a back-up plan for Halloween if one must stay indoors. A couple of ideas as follows;

  • Act One could start with a ‘mini monster mash‘ dance in a decorated spooky living room, basement or garage. Have a playlist of Halloween songs and have your dance for an hour or more.
  • Place bowls of candy treats around the room, and drinkables. Maybe invite family members to join the indoor Halloween ‘festivities‘. It could be the start of a whole new family ‘tradition‘.
  • Have a little candy pot your child can carry along to fill up too.
  • Act two, include a movie night running till midnight. Again, have popcorn and drinkables set around the room. It could be interesting to use a movie projector and see the movie in a huge size, on the wall.
  • Find out ahead of time what Halloween movies your child enjoys, or may enjoy. Ask family, friends or neighbors for ideas too.
  • Act three, dad may have to carry the little one to bed before midnight. Parents can do a high elbow tap, a last dance and enjoy their success while on clean-up duty.
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Halloween Mask Tips

Canadian health professionals have recommended that masks be worn under Halloween masks. I’d add some practical advice too since I’m a parent and understand the excitement of Halloween with children. Last thing we want to do is commit the crime of ‘ruining‘ the fun of Halloween.

Here are a few ideas that keeps covering the face to a minimum. I don’t think it would be comfortable wearing a full Halloween face mask atop the medical mask, right? Next to wondering, is there enough air to get through for breathing?

I would suggest that children wear a half mask. Those ones that cover the eyes or even just wear a face painted mask around the eyes along with the medical mask.

  • Can you cut that full face mask to half size? Just cut in a somewhat Vee shape. Keep the nostrils open but nose is covered.
  • Secondly, see if you can enlarge the bottom eye area so your child won’t trip on uneven ground as it gets dark outside. If necessary use black face paint under the eyes so the enlarged eye area doesn’t seem so out-of-place.
  • There are websites that offer FREE mask printables such as The Spruce Crafts and others. Do an online search and check them out.
  • Face paint is another costume idea. This will require some personal design work on your part but again, check online at Youtube or other sites. Pick something that’s interesting but not going to take hours to apply. Not all children have patience to sit quietly for long periods of time, and that’s perfectly normal.

Outdoor Temperatures

Today’s weather is unpredictable especially with climate change literally changing our weather patterns. Check the weather channel ahead of time, right up to 15 minutes before heading out.

Keeping your child warm while running along in chilly weather may help in prevention of getting a cold. I’d recommend that you dress your child in layers. Make it easy to remove a layer of clothing if your child starts overheating. What kind of clothing layers? We can start with the following;

  • an undershirt and longjohns, or use a tank top or tee shirt, and pajama pants under their main clothes.Remember, they will be wearing a costume atop their clothes.
  • A lined vest whether it’s fleece, wool, polyester or feather filled.
  • A wind breaker since these help stop the wind from lowering one’s body temperature.
  • A winter jacket if the temperature is going to drop significantly.
  • A hat to further help keep body heat loss to a minimum.
  • Gloves, again, another layer for added warmth.

All these layers of outer clothing is easy to put on, or remove. It will require you to carry a tote bag, or back pack for the event of parental supervision during this annual event. Again, it’s all about keeping the health and safety of your child a top priority during this outing.

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Yard Candy Trail

One idea that may help with maintaining that ‘social distancing‘ could be designing a ‘trail‘ through your front yard. This will require the following;

  • Use lights attached to stakes to outline a path that’s set in semi-circle shape.
  • Decorate the yard with friendly Halloween decorations and maybe a few spooky ones too hanging around.
  • Add some spooky music, squeaky doors, maniacal laughing, footsteps, howling, sounds or friendly Halloween songs (i.e.,Monster Mash)
  • Set up tables with pots of candy labelled with silly names, newt thighs, batwing skin, etc.

Supervise visiting children to ensure they get to pick from every pot and keep their distance from each other, and you.

Oh! make sure you’re wearing a costume too. Dress for the weather. Keep a thick shawl/cape nearby for warmth. Enjoy the parade of costumes, and keep a thermos of hot chocolate or tea nearby.

Examine the Candy Loot

I believe some Boomer parents can remember those years when their own parents, sat at the table and examined candy spilled out on the table. Some may have wondered why and others may have known. It was a time when it was discovered that certain types of candy were hiding items that caused injuries to the child.

I can remember that homemade candy items were removed. This due to news reports of food poisoning, sharp items, or allergies. Any treat that was homemade or suspiciously ‘open‘ were immediately removed.

Who would do such a thing to children? I don’t think anybody was ever caught but the fact remains, Halloween treats were being used to hide items that could seriously hurt children.It takes a certain level of malice to want to hurt children.

Parents should always check the candies that their child(ren) have brought home. Let your neighbors who do make handmade sweets drop them off directly to your home rather than it arriving anonymously.

Halloween is a yearly fun event for children, teens and adults. Small and young children should be accompanied by a parent or elder siblings. This duty to prevent bullying and candy theft from other children or youths but also child abductions. Extreme thought? As a parent, safety should always be a priority.

Let’s keep Halloween a fun and safe activity for all our children, and remember, don’t eat too much candy. Enjoy your safe Halloween!

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How to Plan a Leaf Peeping road trip

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Guest post, Sean Farrell

Every fall, the changing of the leaves and the ushering in of cool, brisk air brings about a fresh atmosphere. As writer F. Scott Fitzgerald said, โ€œLife starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.โ€ One of the best aspects of the changing weather? The leaves that dot the trees. Deep golds, burgundies, and oranges reach as high as the eyes can see, showcasing just how beautiful nature can be.

A great way to take in the wonders of autumn while discovering the environment around you is to embark on a fall foliage road trip. All across the country, a plethora of forests and tree-lined paths make for exciting destinations.

Itโ€™s important to plan out your trip, from how many snacks to pack to the temperature of each place you plan to visit so you can dress appropriately. Take a look at the graphic below to learn more about how to plan the best fall foliage road trip.


No High School so no Future

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Wow, who would say such things that anyone would believe such a cruel statement? It is not the truth but a huge lie. I think the better question to ask should be, ‘where’s their heart at, to say such things vs offering truly helpful advice?

Unfortunately, today’s world is full of cruel and unkind people who do make such statements. There’s lots of people who are educated and just as equally cruel and unkind and, maybe more so. Others will refuse to ‘share’ information to help change your life. In a psychology article, it states that we can all easily fall into this behavior and is ‘an identical underlying cause to acts of murder and war’.

The worst part is when cruel advice falls upon the ears of our Youths. They are young, inexperienced, and still somewhat dependent upon advice of their ‘elders’ and vulnerable to those they greatly admire. Again, psychology has found abusive people will ‘seek’ out jobs that give them ‘authority’ over others. They will ‘pick and choose’ who does and who does not get ‘benefits’ of such knowledge. It’s always good practice to listen but always ensure your personal safety. People’s actions does reveal their true character.

Quest for Education

Well, there is such a thing as ‘second opinions’ and no shame in keep asking people for help. Rather than ask your neighbors, stop and take a peek in the phone book. Look under ‘Schools’ and you will find lists of local schools but also, ‘alternative, adult or continuing education‘ schools.

For my local area and I’m Indigenous, we have our local Friendship Centre that offers GED classes. I can’t speak for other Friendship centres but they may have people who can help direct the way to a School so you can get a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). It is available for all Canadians, 18 or over and, upon completion, you do get a diploma, and chance to go to college or university. Masters and PhD’s are available with further University courses.

The opportunity to seriously change your life is available and one can also get their GED in prison. Once you’ve got your diploma, second step is deciding, college or university. They do but not all, will accept GED students into their various classes and there’s so many options to choose next to anywhere around the world. This is where you may enter one dream course but over time, we all change jobs, and careers.

The beauty of some courses, such as mine, Nursing. I can use my credits from that program to enter another ‘health’ field. I can build upon my existing higher education for other job areas that may be health related. Doors are not shut on just one career once you get that higher education.

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Path to a new future – jobs, skills, careers and knowledge

Secondly, maybe you want a future in a Trade skill. There are jobs in technical and trade skills such as ;

  • welders
  • brick masonry
  • heavy equipment operator
  • crane operator
  • carpenter
  • wind turbine technician
  • plumber
  • electrician
  • millwright
  • air craft mechanic
  • and many others

Some trade skills can be learned quickly, and then enter an apprenticeship to earn your ‘papers’. These just certify that you have greater skills in the trade and qualify to earn higher pay. Not all apprenticeships are easy to find either especially for entry-level jobs with decent pay.

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Go online and browse college and university programs. Check the subjects you will learn, the time it will take. Some college courses can be 2-3 years depending on the course. Pay attention to the other types of jobs you can get with that education background. Try to set your future to be open to other job fields. Don’t depend on one job.

Explore job sites online for your planned ‘dream‘ job. Take a look at the pay, job duties, skills required, education requirements, etc. This is to boost your knowledge in building your future.

Today’s world is unpredictable. One may love a particular job field but find their employer is unbearable. Pay attention to employers with high turn-over and always hiring as there’s usually a reason for that to be happening. Nobody wants to find themselves in a ‘toxic‘ work environment.

Entrepreneurship and the Mature Student

Third, you can take a business course, and learn how to start your own business. They are the ones who provide jobs for others. They provide services or products for the public, other businesses, or to the government. Again, do your research. You may find a business that succeeds and will survive for the long term.

Due to this pandemic. Classes have been held online. This may still be ongoing and available, and you may notice options for full or part-time classes. Sometimes, as a student, a part-time job is needed for the extra income. Also, if you fail a class or classes – this isn’t the end. You can re-enroll in those classes to complete your diploma requirements. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fourth, enter college as a mature student. You’ll take a test that basically measures your educational level to check if you are able to finish the program. If you’re unsure of your ability, go online and find free courses that will help build your educational knowledge. Yes, there are FREE courses online too.

College to University and Funding

Fifth, you’re able to use your college credits to transfer to University courses too. There are agreements between college and university institutions that accept transferring credits. All you basically need to start is a copy of your transcripts. Many students and graduates have taken advantage of this option for their higher learning journey. You can too!

A search for funding your education journey can be intimidating too. We hear about school debts, the starving student, rent rates, etc. Don’t let this scare you away. Learn to step up to those ‘unknowns’ and seek for answers. There are government loans, grants, bursaries.

Monies are available once you know where to look. Speak with a college representative to find out what financial aid options are available. Never let fear stop you from building a new future. Only You are the Captain of your own destiny.

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Do you still believe there’s no future? It’s not true. It will begin with you and only you. Once the first step of classes and passing the tests, and your Diploma is in hand. You get to plan your future and make your world as wonderful as you. Don’t be shy to look in the mirror and tell yourself, ‘we got this’.

I hope you found this article informative and gained some new insight. Please feel free to Share with others! Use the โ€˜Ask a Questionโ€™ form to make a request on a topic of your own interest. I hope you visit again for more informative articles coming soon. Stay safe!