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
Matthew Sidford | Category: Park City | Tagged , , , , , ,

Recommendations for Stay-At-Home Reading

At Windermere Utah, we have found that our lives have been turned a bit upside-down over the last month.

Our offices are now closed, leaving us all working from home and adapting to our new normal of distancing and staying at home, only going our in public for the essentials when necessary.

We continue to serve you and your real estate needs from our home offices, using virtual technology to allow you to tour homes, complete consultations, and even close on your home remotely.

We understand that staying inside is challenging both physically and mentally. To help keep all of our spirits up, we wanted to share some good finds for your reading pleasure. Some may be helpful, informative, and some will be something to help us feel good.

 

 

  • An interview with Lynn Johnson, a photographer very close to Fred Rogers, featuring some wonderful photos of the man so many of us aspire to be more like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 March 31, 2020 at 8:53 pm
Matthew Sidford | Category: Living | Tagged , , ,