How Kids can Halloween and Avoid COVID-19

This Halloween will be a unique one for kids and parents, with concerns about COVID-19 piled on top of the usual warnings about safety. And with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, parents may feel under pressure to make this year a Halloween to remember.

But there are some simple things we can do to help kids forget we’re still in a pandemic and have safe and COVID-free fun at the same time. 

1. Keep up your good COVID-19 habits: avoiding large gatherings, keeping a distance of six feet from others, wearing medical masks or cloth face coverings and washing hands often must continue as it has for the last six months. Remember: a costume mask is not a substitute for a medical mask or cloth face covering.

2. Virtual costume parties & parades: Outdoor costume parades where you can wear medical or cloth masks and practice good social distancing are perfectly safe. You can also take and share photos with friends and turn them into crafts to do at home.

3. Trick or treating: Kids naturally cluster as they go door to door, which poses the greatest potential exposure to COVID so if you are trick or treating, parents need to strictly enforce social distancing, especially among kids who aren’t normally together. Of course, washing hands or using hand sanitizer before and after trick-or-treating is a must.

4. Handing out candy: If you hand out treats to ghosts and goblins who appear at your door, don’t let kids dig their hands into your bowl of candy, which is another potential contact point for COVID. Instead, pitch individual treats into their bags or line up individually prepacked treat bags on a table outside. Don't forget to wear your own mask and perform regular hand hygiene yourself!

5. What to do with candy that comes home: even if your child collects treats from a few well-known neighbors who haven’t tested positive for COVID, you may still want to wipe the candy down or let it sit for a couple days before your child eats it. One parent I know is even replacing her kids’ candy with bags she is buying herself!

What CAN kids do to keep up the fun this year?

1. Spooky movie night: choose your favorite and create a watch party over Zoom or facetime with family and friends!

2. Backyard candy scavenger hunt: take a page from the Easter Bunny and hide treats around the yard and hunt them down – after dark with flashlights will make it even more challenging and scary!

3. Decorate pumpkins: This is one Halloween tradition that's as safe and fun as ever. 

4. Halloween-themed meal: take dinner to the next level by decorating a pizza with Halloween-shaped toppings, making candy apples on a stick, or peeling tangerine pumpkins (stick a thin slice of celery on top to look like a stem). Make sure the treats are not choking hazards if you have children under age 3.

Things to avoid:

1. Indoor events, like haunted houses: Anything indoors and involving groups of people is also a potential exposure to COVID, especially when those events involve shouting and screaming (in fun!) because of a good scare.  An outdoor haunted forest or corn maze may be a better option, as long as medical masks or cloth face coverings are used, and physical distancing and one-way walk through are enforced.

2. Sharing/trading candy: This kind of exchange only encourages transmission of germs between people. Especially smart to avoid this year. 

Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic is a chance for you and your children to get creative, and maybe even invent some new traditions for your family! It's also a great opportunity to model flexibility and a positive spirit. If you're excited and make it fun, your kids will enjoy it, too. 

Dr. Christina Johns is Sr. Medical Advisor for PM Pediatrics and a practicing pediatric urgent care physician. Follow her at @drcjohns on twitter. 



Streaming Home Now Includes a “Treehouse of Horror” Themed Collection and 

31st Season of Groundbreaking Series


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BURBANK, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2020) -- Disney+, which launched last November giving “The Simpsons” a new streaming home, is now the ultimate entertainment hub for fans of Springfield’s most famous residents. With the recently added 31st season and nearly 300 hours of the world’s longest running scripted primetime sitcom, today Disney+ kicked off its new “Simpsons Forever” brand campaign celebrating the forever place of everyone’s favorite family in the hearts and homes of fans around the world. 



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The service also debuted “The Simpsons Horror” collection, including 30 episodes of the iconic genre-bending “Treehouse of Horror” franchise. The new collection is the latest in Disney+’s series of themed sets including “The Simpsons Predicts,” “The Simpsons Travels,” “The Simpsons Rock” and “The Simpsons Sports” collections. As part of the “Simpsons Forever” campaign, Disney+ will curate more collections of episodes for new viewers to discover. Every month, Disney+ will also highlight its favorite episodes themed to current events and trends in Disney and pop culture.


“The Simpsons” Forever Faves of November 2020:


“The Mandalorian” Returns / “Co-Dependents’ Day” (Season 15, Episode 15)

Disappointed by a Cosmic Wars movie, Bart and Lisa go to wine country to complain to the filmmaker.


"The Right Stuff” Streaming Now / “Deep Space Homer” (Season 5, Episode 15)

In an attempt to send an average man into space, Homer and Barney are recruited as astronauts. Homer saves the mission from disaster, but is dismayed when credit goes to a carbon rod.


Monday Night Football on ESPN /  “Bart Star” (Season 9, Episode 7)

Bart joins a junior-league football team. When Homer becomes coach, he replaces quarterback Nelson with the less talented Bart.


30 Years of “Home Alone” / “Homer Alone” (Season 3, Episode 15)

When Marge goes to a local spa, she leaves Bart and Lisa with Patty and Selma and Maggie with Homer.


Nov. 3 Election Day - “Sideshow Bob Roberts” (Season 6, Episode 5)

Sideshow Bob runs for mayor as the candidate of Springfield's Republican party. He wins and attempts to construct a freeway overpass where the Simpson home stands.


Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day - “Thanksgiving of Horror” (Season 30, Episode 8)

Three tales of Thanksgiving terror: a bloody first "turkey day," a virtual Marge cooks for survival against real Marge, and a space mission is threatened by a murderous side dish.


Nov. 27 Black Friday - “Tis the 30th Season” (Season 30, Episode 10)

After a terrible Black Friday where Marge can’t get the gift the kids desperately want, the Simpsons try to spend a relaxing Florida Christmas.


After first premiering on television nearly 31 years ago, “The Simpsons” is now one of the most popular franchises around the world and remains one of Disney+’s most streamed series since the service launched last November. With its “Simpsons Forever” campaign, Disney+ is celebrating fans’ forever love of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie and the service’s comprehensive collection of “The Simpsons” entertainment. The campaign will come to life all year long with on-service content and product updates, special events, social activations, and surprise and delight moments. 


Last week, Disney+ surprised guests at the Disney+ Drive-In Festival with special “The Simpsons” screenings during its nightly lineups. And earlier this year, the service launched a product update allowing fans to enjoy “The Simpsons” episodes in their original aspect ratio and also offered the short “Maggie Simpson in ‘Playdate with Destiny’” across its social channels for free.


To watch all of “The Simpsons” content on Disney+ including 31 seasons of the series, animated shorts “Maggie Simpsons in ‘The Longest Daycare’” and “Maggie Simpson in ‘Play date with Destiny,’” and “The Simpsons Movie,” visit



Twitter: @DisneyPlus 

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#SimpsonsForever #DisneyPlus




Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. As part of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu (ad-supported), and ESPN+. Visit to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.




The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently airing its record-annihilating 32nd season, THE SIMPSONS has won 34 Emmy Awards (including its 11th in 2019 for Outstanding Animated Program), 34 Annie Awards, 9 Environmental Media Awards, 7 People’s Choice Awards and 13 Writers Guild of America Awards including the 2019 and 2020 Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program Award.  THE SIMPSONS was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award, and in 2019 received the Institutional Peabody Award.  It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short "The Longest Daycare." The Simpsons Movie was a hit feature film, their mega-attraction The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios has received historic expansion updates with the addition of 'Springfield’—winning a Thea Award in both 2009 and 2017. The show was honored with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. The Simpsons ongoing Tapped Out mobile game which launched in 2012 was a recipient of a Webby Award in 2018.   It has been named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine, called the "Greatest American Sitcom" by Entertainment Weekly in 2013, and declared "The Best TV Show Ever" in 2016 by


THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the Executive Producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series. “Like” the series on Facebook at, follow Homer Simpson @HomerJSimpson and @TheSimpsons on Twitter Join the conversation using #thesimpsons and follow The Simpsons on Instagram@TheSimpsons

Mark Your Calendar: My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Movie Bundle And Funko Pop



Get Funimation’s Exclusive 25th Anniversary Silver Chrome All Might Funko POP! with Purchase in the Funimation Shop

Culver City, CA (October 14, 2020) Funimation is releasing My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising movie bundle that includes the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital download including SUB and DUB  is available October 27 in the Funimation Shop and select retailers. Released in theaters earlier this year, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising delighted audiences and earned over $13 million at the box office making it the #8 highest-grossing anime films of all time in the U.S. Now fans can own the hit film!

Head over to Funimation’s shop to get the movie PLUS a 25th Anniversary Silver Chrome All Might Funko POP! with purchase. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to add the film and the Funko POP! to your collection. 
The number one hero anime is back for a battle beyond anything fans have ever seen! Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful that it’s more like a vacation … until they’re attacked by a villain with an unfathomable Quirk! His power is eerily familiar, and it looks like Shigaraki had a hand in the plan. But with All Might retired and citizens’ lives on the line, there’s no time for questions. Deku and his friends are the next generation of heroes, and they’re the island’s only hope. 

Director Kenji Nagasaki
Script Yosuke Kuroda
Music Yuki Hayashi
Original Creator Kōhei Horikoshi
Character Designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi

Voice Actors
Katsuki Bakugo 
Japanese: Nobuhiko Okamoto
English: Clifford Chapin

Izuku Midoriya
Japanese: Daiki Yamashita
English: Justin Briner 

All Might
Japanese: Kenta Miyake
English: Christopher Sabat

Japanese: Tomoyo Kurosawa
English: Dani Chambers

Japanese: Yuka Terasaki
English: Maxey Whitehead

Japanese: Yuichi Nakamura
English: Zeno Robinson

Japanese: Mio Imada
English: Lydia Mackay

Japanese: Shunsuke Takeuchi
English: Greg Dulcie

Japanese: Kohsuke Toriumi
English: Brendan Blaber

Japanese: Yoshio Inoue
English: Johnny Yong Bosch

Run time: 104 minutes
Rating: PG-13

About Funimation
Funimation distributes the best anime to a passionate, global community of fans. For over 25 years, Funimation has pioneered an omnichannel approach to engaging and entertaining millions where they want it most—streaming, home entertainment, theatrical, e-commerce, merchandising, live events, and more. 
Funimation’s streaming services offer a growing catalog of over 700 anime series and 13,000+ hours of content available on 15 platforms and in 47 countries. Funimation’s in-house team designs must-have, exclusive collectibles distributed through major retailers and an e-commerce site; Funimation’s theatrical division is responsible for six of the top 20 anime films in the U.S. As pioneers of the SimulDub™, Funimation is the gold standard for foreign language dubbing of Japanese anime with the highest quality standards and fidelity to the original artists. With a fan-centric approach, Funimation has built a loyal social community of over 30 million followers and earned the trust of Japan’s most iconic creators. 
Funimation has nine offices in six countries and over 400 employees worldwide. As an independently operated joint venture between U.S.-based Sony Pictures Entertainment and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., Funimation benefits from deep entertainment expertise across cultures, territories, and languages. 
To learn more about Funimation, visit and follow Funimation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Museum of Forgotten Memories by Anstey Harris


At Hatters Museum of the Wide Wide World, where the animals never age but time takes its toll, one woman must find the courage to overcome the greatest loss of her life—from the author of Goodbye, Paris.

Cate thought she’d met her match in Simon at university—until she laid eyes on his best friend, Richard. Cate and Richard felt an immediate and undeniable spark, but Richard also felt the weight of the world more deeply than most. As the three matured, he receded further and further into darkness until he disappeared altogether.

Now, four years after Richard’s passing, Cate is let go from her teaching job and can’t pay the rent on the London flat she shares with her and Richard’s son, Leo. She packs the two of them up and ventures to Richard’s grandfather’s old Victorian museum in the small town of Crouch-on-Sea, where the dusty staff quarters await her. Despite growing pains and a grouchy caretaker, Cate falls in love with the quirky taxidermy exhibits and sprawling grounds and makes it her mission to revive them. When the museum is faced with closure because of a lack of visitors, Cate stages a grand reopening, but threats from both inside and outside the museum derail her plans and send her spiraling into self-doubt.

As Cate becomes more invested in Hatters, she must finally confront the reality of Richard’s death—and the role she played in it—in order to reimagine her future. Perfect for fans of Evvie Drake Starts OverThe Museum of Forgotten Memories masterfully weaves life with death, past with present, and grief with hope.

The 411:

It took me a little longer to read this than I thought it would when I first got it. I was really into for the first four chapters. It slowed a bit in the middle but then picked up again. It was really an enjoyable read. Well written with likeable characters and a great storyline. 

Our main character Cate has moved to her late husband's family home a sprawling museum that is also one of the main characters in this book. Her and her son Leo must start over again while dealing with the loss of the man in their lives as get their lives back in order. 

Cate's husband's suicide has taken its toll and Cate is lost, shot and feels the weight of the world on her shoulders until she finds something and someone to help her heal and deal.

The prose is really beautiful and descriptive. Deep, meaningful and lovely to read out loud. I enjoyed the story very much once I realized this wasn't going to be a book I could get through quickly to move onto the next book. I needed to savor it and not only read it be see it! The words longed to be tasted and when I wasn't re-reading beautiful paragraphs I was enjoying the character of Leo. Cate's son's disability is well written.  As the mother of a son with a disability I found myself wondering if I treat my son like Cate treats Leo. Do I allow him to make his own decisions enough? Do I believe he can take care of himself if he had to? Could he take care of me if necessary as Leo did for Cate? Sometimes we need another person to tell us to take a step back and I appreciated Patch opening Cate's eyes when necessary. 

All in all it was a great read by wonderful writer never becoming dark, cheesy or too deep. 

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my own review. No monetary compensation was offered for this review. 

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