Monthly Archive - October 2020

3 New Ways To Celebrate Halloween This Year

Pumpkins in party hats

We will be the first to admit, we are tired of trying to find a “new normal.” In fact, for 2020 there really is no such thing. However, we are also on board with finding new ways to approach tradition things, like the holidays.

As Halloween is just around the corner, we have no idea yet what it will look like. Will neighborhoods make collective decisions on trick-or-treating? What might it look like for our urban-dwelling friends?

We aren’t sure either so we’ve found 3 new ways to celebrate spooky season, just in case everything else we are used to is tossed out the window.

Host A Virtual Costume Contest

If the Emmy’s can be held virtually, so can a costume contest. In fact, we think that the set-up might just encourage some people to become even more daring, more outrageous in their costume choices and effort. After all, when the weather and logistics of moving freely are removed, what kinds of costumes suddenly become options? We think this is definitely the year to pull out all the stops. Bonus- with Zoom you can add a background to enhance your whole Halloween theme!

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Start a Halloween Parade

We love the comeback of the parade during this pandemic. It presents a safe way to involve a large group of people, although we suggest checking with the newly released CDC risk map first.

With careful planning and advance notice, families can use a sidewalk, or maybe even dead-end street, to let kids march in costume. Those who opt out of participating in the parade itself could always make signs or cheer on those parading.

Why not try a group or neighborhood theme even? Here’s a great example of neighbors who organized a dinosaur parade earlier in the year.

Visit the Zoo or Park

Many city parks or zoos are still planning Halloween events and/or activities that are COVID friendly. For parents with small kids, this may be the perfect solution this year. Thanks to wide-open outdoor spaces, a lot of parks and zoos are getting creative with decorations, live music, and photo ops that make it worth the extra effort to come.

Just don’t forget to book in advance as that’s one the biggest changes to zoos and parks this year!

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Alphabetical Family Activities For Fall Part II

Alphabetical Family Activities For Fall

Recently we wrote about a new way to tackle the pandemic doldrums and get creative about family time, while also celebrating the ushering in of fall. If you missed that post, you can get caught up with Part I here.

Now, it’s time to complete the alphabet with another round of suggestions! Don’t forget to check out our latest fall coupons, deals and discounts too.


National Park – Parks are pretty popular right now, for good reason. Fresh air, nature and plenty of opportunity to stay socially distanced.

Nerf war – Maybe it’s not suitable for those with really young kids, but lots of families have found this to be a hilarious bonding experience.


Origami – Why not learn the ancient art of paper folding? This video makes it super easy to get started.

Observe the night sky – Sure, if you have access to an actual observatory that would elevate the experience. However, just pick a night with a full moon and low cloud coverage and see what you can discover from your own backyard.


Playground – Maybe you’ve forgotten the joy of swinging as high as you can or the thrill of freeze tag. The main thing is to be part of the playing!

Picnic – Another possibility – make a picnic a true event. Let the kids help make the menu, pack up a delicious meal and pick a fabulous outdoor spot to dine al fresco.


Quidditch – Have Harry Potter fans in the house? Why not make up your own Quidditch game? The best part is that it can be completely nonsensical since the game can’t exist in real life anyway!

Quest – If you’ve tried geocaching already and need something new to try, these 10 options are great if you have a smart phone.


Road Trip – Do a quick Google search and see what’s within a 30-minute to one-hour drive away.

Random Acts of Kindness – This is one of our favorites. Get the kids to make a list of all the possible things that can be done individually and as a family to make your community better.


S’mores – Admit it, you were going to make these at least once this fall anyway.

Sunset photo shoot – Take photos of the sunset itself or gather everyone in their Sunday best and have a family photo shoot with an amazing background of the sun going down. Bonus – the lighting can’t be beat!


Tennis – Tennis has been on the upswing since the pandemic started. That’s because it is one of the safest sport possibilities we can do currently. Never played before or rusty on the game? This guide should help.

Tie-dye – Pretty much everyone enjoys the process, just don’t get too caught up in how the projects might turn out.


Unplug – We could all use a good excuse to turn off ALL the electronics for a few hours. See what happens when the whole family puts away the devices and just hangs out.

Ukulele – A few years ago, everyone seemed to be taking up this charming instrument. So, even if you don’t have one a neighbor probably does.


Visit friends – Plan a safe, social distanced visit outside with another family.

Vote – Well, it is an election year after all. Let the family experience the process of democracy and hold a mini election in the house. Don’t worry – you can keep politics out of it completely and stick with something more lighthearted, like what a special Saturday breakfast meal should be.


Walk – A family walk is often the best remedy for boredom, bad moods, and low energy. Suer, we’ve taken probably 1 million of them since mid-March, but we will happily take many more until the cold weather gets here.

Work out – Family work outs can be a blast and there are an endless supply of online options.


X box – Ok, we might let the kids play but it’s rare that we engage in playing with them. Why not let them be the experts and teach you everything they can about the games they love?


Yoga – We could all use a little more relaxing and deep breathing, right?


Zoo – Thankfully, the zoos are still open and right now is a great time to check out the animals with less crowds.

Zumba – You didn’t think we could end this series without more dancing did you?

That’s our round up for part 2. Tell us, what would you add or want to try? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

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