We’re heading into that time of year that typically starts the holiday season.
Many families look forward to Halloween for fun costumes, trick-or-treating activities, spooky events, and of course, candy. But this year, things are different. Events are limited, social distancing is a must and many families are confronted with the possibility of a Halloween-less season.
But those with a passion for the holiday are finding a way. One of our features this month offers families alternatives to the usual activities — including tips from a kids’ entertainment group on how to create a virtual Halloween party, as well as advice on DIY costumes, makeup and decor. Our other feature details the history and evolution of another big holiday around this time — Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican cultural tradition that honors those in our lives who have passed on. It’s often celebrated with face paint and costumes but is a different holiday from Halloween, and has become very popular in the United States.
Of course even through our celebrations this month, education continues to be on parents’ minds. We’ve covered the state of education extensively in previous issues and this month we have focused on the younger kids, the early learners. Preschoolers and kindergarteners have unique needs at their young age. Our feature this month examines how some of the schools geared to early learners have adjusted throughout the pandemic and how kids have adapted.
Along the lines of education, The Pause Button presents families with a novel idea for novel times. How about an educational trip? Oct. 21-22 is the height of the Orionid meteor shower. This presents a unique opportunity for the family to take a trip out to the mountains, bring the laptop for distance learning and make it an educational mini-vacation.
Even with all the changes this year, we still have pumpkin spice. Foodie Jr. helps us find some of that spice in forms that don’t necessarily involve lattes. Pumpkin spice ice cream? Yes, please.
Meanwhile What’s Hot inspires more of that autumn spirit with some themed Halloween products for the whole family.
Family Wellness this month offers some emotional support ideas through art therapy. A local art therapist explains how art can help with emotional healing, wellness, self-care and stress relief — something most of us can undoubtedly use these days.
There’s a lot of change and new experiences going on. But there’s also plenty of tradition we can still appreciate and make our own. Find a way to enjoy the things you love while staying safe, and have a happy October.
By Jessica Peralta