Safe Halloween Celebrations for 2020

By now, nearly everyone has heard that the CDC is discouraging traditional trick-or-treating practices this year. Even though we can’t do the usual door-to-door routine, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate. After all, Halloween is a time for connecting with your community, and there is certainly more than one way to do that!

Here are a few of our ideas to celebrate: 

Host a socially-distanced neighborhood pumpkin carving contest

This is inspired by the Neighborhood Art Walk that one of our agents, Joilyn Anderson, hosted back in April. Create a flyer for everyone in the neighborhood inviting them to carve a pumpkin. Invite them to set up their pumpkin at the end of their driveway or sidewalk on a certain day and time, and neighbors can then walk down the middle of the street to see the art pieces while maintaining social distancing. 

Another idea with this same concept is a door decorating contest, where each of your neighbors is invited to decorate their door with Halloween themed decorations. 

One-way trick-or-treating

 

If you’re not quite ready to give up on the concept of trick-or-treating, you can individually wrap goodie bags and line them up on a table at the end of your driveway or yard for families to grab and go with zero contact.

If you want to monitor your table and converse with those who stop by, make sure to wear a mask and social distance. For an extra level of protection, provide hand sanitizer on your table as well. 

Monster Egg Hunt

Photo from TingedBlue.com showing some ideas for monster eggs.

Take a tip from the Easter bunny, and turn your Easter eggs into little monsters and other icons typical of Halloween.

Fill your eggs with candy, and hide them around the house for your kids to find. Let them dress up and then send them searching throughout the house. They get all the fun of finding the goodies while remaining safe and socially distant. 

Find some inspiration and ideas for decorating with these spook-tacular egg designs

Scavenger hunt

Easily give your family a way to get outside and look around at Halloween decorations, while remaining safe by creating a scavenger hunt. Give your family a list of Halloween-themed items to find, and check off a list as they admire from a distance. 

Open-air costume party

You don’t want to miss out on the fun of dressing up for Halloween, so get dressed in your Halloween finery. Part of the fun is seeing everyone’s reactions to your costume, right? 

Bring your friends and family together in a spacious outdoor area that allows for social-distancing, and have a fun time dancing, talking, and adopting the mannerisms of your characters all night long. 

This idea can easily be moved to a virtual event if you and your family are at higher risk. 

Outdoor spooky movie night

A favorite pastime of many Halloween enthusiasts is watching as many scary movies as possible during October. Others watch Hocus Pocus on repeat. 

No matter which camp you fall in, gather your friends and family in your backyard to socially distance on blankets and camp chairs while they watch a spooky movie projected onto a screen. You can all enjoy the movie together while staying safe. 

Here are some tips for how to set up an incredible outdoor movie night

This idea can easily be moved to a virtual event if you and your family are at higher risk. 

Extra tips for parents

If you’re taking your kids on a trick-or-treating run, scavenger hunt, neighborhood contest, or other fun neighborhood events, follow current recommendations and take extra precautions to keep your family safe. 

  • Have your kids wear a face mask—incorporate it into your kid’s costume to make wearing the mask fun
  • Have a parent or other adult accompany children of any age to hold them accountable for mask-wearing and social distancing
  • Avoid congregating around doorsteps, porches, or tables
  • Use hand sanitizer after receiving candy from each house
  • Do not eat candy while trick or treating
  • Have kids wash their hands as soon as they get home, and take a shower once they remove their costumes
  • Set trick-or-treating candy aside for a few days (common research and belief is that COVID-19 can live on plastics and similar surfaces for up to 3 days)
Posted on October 6, 2020 at 10:34 pm
Matthew Sidford | Category: Living | Tagged , , , , ,

Park City Local Restaurants to Support

Just because we’re now eating from home, that doesn’t mean you have to get food from there. Everyone has those days when they have no desire to cook, even when we’re facing Stay-At-Home orders across the state. Luckily many of our favorite restaurants are remaining open for carry-out or delivery service.

Ordering delivery and carry-out service is safe, as long as you follow proper precautions. There is no evidence that suggests food or food packaging being associated with COVID-19. To take extra precautions, you can wipe down food packaging, put the food on your own plate, and wash your hands thoroughly before eating to minimize risk.

Supporting these restaurants will also help these locally run and owned businesses remain open long after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

Take a look at some of these local favorites:

Hearth and Hill

Hearth and Hill is a family-run restaurant serving modern American and globally-inspired dishes for lunch and dinner. They have both vegan and gluten free options.

They are open for curbside takeout. You can take a look at their menu and order online on their website.

Five5eeds

Five5eeds is run by a husband and wife team offering Australian-inspired modern American fare. They serve breakfast and lunch options for curbside takeout and delivery.

Take a look at their menu and order online on their website.

Riverhorse on Main

Riverhorse on Main is an essential for many Park City locals and visitors. Serving eclectic American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Take out and delivery orders are available on their website and can be picked up from their sister location, Riverhorse Provisions.

Freshies Lobster Co.

Freshies offers lobster and other seafood fare from their food truck and brick and mortar locations.

Freshies is open for takeout and delivery. Find out more details on their website.

Cortona Italian Cafe

Cortona Italian Cafe was inspired by the flavors form the town of Cortona in Tuscany. Now they bring authentic Italian cuisine to Park City.

Cortona is open for curbside takeout their menu and other updates on their service can be found on their website.

501 on Main

501 on Main serves American fare with vegetarian and vegan options available.

They are open for curbside takeout with a limited menu. Call or email to place orders. Their current menu can be found on their website.

Bangkok Thai

Bangkok Thai on Main serves classic Thai spiced-to-order dishes.

They are open for curbside takeout service. You can take a look at their menu online, then give them a call to order.

11Houz

11Houz is a family-owned restaurant serving authentic Jamaican dishes.

11Houz is open for curbside pickup from online and phone orders. You can review their menu and order here.

Element Kitchen & Bakery

Element Kitchen & Bakery provides tasty organic meals with options to meet any dietary restriction needs.

Element Kitchen and Bakery is open for grab-and-go items at their cafe location and  you can order curbside takeout. Review their menu online and place your order by calling.

Nosh

Nosh is an a restaurant bound and determined to develop the perfect Falafel. They serve Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Nosh is open for curbside takeout service. You can review their menu and order from their website.

 

There are many more local restaurants that could use your support during these difficult times. If you are able, try delivery or curbside takeout from one of these options, or some of your other local favorites.

At Windermere Utah, we are proud to keep you up-to-date on the latest news, events, and listings. Be sure to keep checking back in here at the blog, and don’t forget to follow us on social media.

Posted on April 8, 2020 at 5:19 pm
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Coronavirus Protections for Home Buyers

As the situation develops with the COVID-19 pandemic, Windermere Real Estate is dedicated to taking steps to reduce the spread of the virus while continuing to work with home buyers. To help with this process, here are some ways you as a home buyer can keep yourself and others safe during the buying process.

 

WHEN TOURING HOMES
❱ Only tour the property if you feel healthy.

 

❱ Ask your Windermere agent to show you the property instead of attending an open house.

 

❱ Drive separately from your agent to the property.

 

❱ Be considerate of the seller’s home and wash or sanitize your hands before entry, touching as little as necessary. While many sellers will likely provide it, bring your own hand sanitizer and use before and after you tour the home. You might also consider wearing disposable gloves for further safety.

 

❱ Ask your agent to confirm with the seller’s agent that they have not recently been sick or in contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.

 

❱ Sellers often ask you to take off your shoes when you tour their home or wear protective booties that have been provided. Consider bringing your own booties and throwing them away when you’ve finished touring.

 

❱ Be mindful of how much you touch things in the home and minimize contact with doors and hand railings.

 

❱ Reduce the amount of time spent with other people in the same room. This “social distancing” practice can curb person-to-person spread.

 

DO NOT TOUR HOMES IF
❱ If you are currently self-quarantined because of illness or other reasons, you should not tour homes in person. Ask your Windermere agent to video chat with you while they tour the home so you can see it virtually.

 

❱ Do not view homes when you’re sick, feeling like you’re about to be sick, or getting over an illness.

 

❱ We do not recommend touring homes after returning from international travel or travel that exposed you to a large group of people in close quarters, like large events.
At Windermere Utah, we are proud to keep you up-to-date on the latest news, events, and listings. Be sure to keep checking back in here at the blog, and don’t forget to follow us on social media.
Originally Posted in Buying by Sandy Dodge
Posted on March 24, 2020 at 9:45 pm
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Coronavirus Protections for Home Sellers

Before you decide to sell, be sure to seriously consider the risks of putting your home on the market right now. Talk with your Windermere agent to discuss your options.
❱ While open houses generate interest and traffic, groups are hard to control, and we want to practice “social distancing” when we can. We recommend only allowing showings by appointment; this ensures that only serious buyers enter your home, reducing possible spreading of the virus.
❱ Consider vacating the property from list date to offer review date by staying with family or friends or at a short-term rental.
❱ Wipe down surfaces following every showing of your home.
❱ If you start to feel sick or have knowledge that you have been in contact with someone suspected to have COVID-19, take your home off the market immediately.
❱ Ask your agent to pre-screen buyers before they enter your home to ensure they aren’t ill and have not potentially been exposed to the virus.
❱ Place a placard in the entry of your home requesting that any person who has recently been ill or may have been in the company of someone who is suspected to have COVID-19 to not enter your home.
❱ Provide hand sanitizer throughout your home.
❱ It’s common for sellers to provide protective booties for buyers who tour the home; consider also providing disposable gloves.
❱ Leave interior doors open so that buyers who tour the home don’t have to touch the handles when entering rooms.
❱ Disinfect your home with proper cleaning supplies after every open house.
At Windermere Utah, we are proud to keep you up-to-date on the latest news, events, and listings. Be sure to keep checking back in here at the blog, and don’t forget to follow us on social media.
Originally Posted in Selling by Sandy Dodge
Posted on March 24, 2020 at 8:16 pm
Matthew Sidford | Category: Selling | Tagged , ,