In just a a little under one month's time, 2020's Halloween will be here. Last year on that holiday I was on the UES heading west when I encountered a woman wearing a panda bear mask. She can be seen in the image atop this entry.Who could have known that less than one year's time, most every one throughout the United States and other parts of the world be (or should be) wearing face-masks to prevent the spread of a pandemic known as COVID-19 (the cornavirus). Many other measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the virus and a number of them include the cancellation of events and celebrations. In fact, a little over one week ago the CDC (Center for Disease Control) released guidelines for those planing to participate in celebrations re this holiday.
On September 22nd 2020, they stated "in a message for people who were planning to go trick-or-treating on Halloween this year: don't..."
Moreover, the CDC urged people to "Avoid activities that are higher risk for spread," and to "Consider fun alternatives that pose lower risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19."
They implored folks to avoid activities like "trick-or-treating door-to-door, having large costume parties, haunted houses, hay rides," pointing out that these are "all high-risk activities that could spread the virus."
As an alternative to these traditional Halloween activities, the CDC suggested the following: "Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them. Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends. Decorating your house, apartment, or living space. Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance. Having a virtual Halloween costume contest. Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with. Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house."
When I reflected on their alternatives, I thought of another which this:
Consider giving a bag of sundries as a treat to those who cannot get out easily (due to COVID restrictions) to do errands and as I reflected on this idea, I designed a few poly-poplin bags/totes/pouches (which are sure to bring a smile to recipients) to use for this purpose. They come in three sizes (13' by 13," 16" by 16," and 18" by 18") each item includes a one inch strap for easy carrying on your shoulder. All seams are double stitched for added durability. These are machine washable (in cold water) and the same image is printed on both sides. My selections can be seen in the next series of images.
|ALL HALLOWS EVE|
|HALLOWEEN IN THE GARDEN|
|EIGHT LITTLE PUMPKINS|
|FOUR LITTLE PUMPKINS|
|MY FACE MASKS|