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HALLOWEEN MESSAGE FROM THE FALLSMEAD BOARD
Posted on Oct 13th, 2020
Halloween is a cherished tradition in Fallsmead. Neighbors love seeing the extensive decorations many of us put up for the holiday. Costumed kids from throughout the neighborhood and beyond stroll through the streets with parents in tow. It is a sight to see. In many years, some houses even set up tables to provide refreshments and a social outlet for the parents as the kids go door to door. This year, however, things will be different.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, many people have sought information from our HOA about whether there will be trick-or-treating in Fallsmead this year. Our Social Committee is continuing the tradition of sponsoring a Fallsmead Halloween House Decorating Contest. The committee is organizing two Spook-tacular Halloween Scavenger Hunt events the afternoon of Halloween, being careful to limit the number of people gathering at each event to less than 50 in compliance with County guidelines. Trick-or-treating, however, has always been an organic tradition that just occurs from each individual’s choice to participate. The Board has little ability to impact whether that happens.
The Board is aware that some neighbors have posted on the neighborhood Facebook page about their efforts to have socially-distanced trick-or-treating. Alina Entin is one of those neighbors and offered to provide information to other residents about what houses will be participating in socially-distanced trick-or-treating. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board does want to share some of the Halloween guidelines from Montgomery County and the Centers for Disease Control (below). Please be safe out there, watch out for costumed kids running in the street, and stay healthy.
Montgomery County (https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/reopening/requirements/halloween.html)
Avoid these activities
Traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating, due to the challenge of maintaining proper physical distancing on porches and at front doors.
However, if individuals do so, please make efforts to ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread.
Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween)
If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Moderate risk activities
Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.
Higher risk activities
Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:
Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.